by Bonnie Gardiner

Innovation workshop open to Vic students

Aug 31, 2015
Education IndustryInnovation

Victorian high school students are encouraged to apply for a three-day workshop to foster innovative thinking in Bendigo next month.

The Invention Convention workshop is open to up to 20 Victorian students aged 14-18, and will feature as part of the 2015 Invention Convention from 22-24 September, held at Questacon – The National Discovery Science Technology Centre, in Bendigo.

Students will work with local experts and mentors to devise and prototype unique solutions to real-world problems using existing and emerging technology including 3D printers, modular electronics, robotics, tools, and software.

According to Questacon, the workshop will provide students a deeper understanding of taking an idea through the design process and experience solving problems creatively.

The event will also feature presentations from local industry and entrepreneurs including representatives from Keech 3D and Fosterville Gold Mine.

At the end of the convention, students will combine their ideas and present them to the other participants, mentors and their families, enabling them to share the knowledge and what they have gained from the program.

“Mentors work with participants to pass on valuable knowledge and experience, giving them insight into the world of innovation, design and technology while also passing on the skills and inspiration required to succeed,” said event co-ordinator Aidan Murray.

“Students don’t need to have ever made a prototype for their ideas before, they just need to have loads of enthusiasm and a willingness to share ideas and learn new things.”

The Invention Convention is part of the broader Questacon Smart Skills Initiative, which aims to engage young people in design thinking, technology, creativity and innovation through a range of programs.

The Questacon Smart Skills team has just started a two-week tour through regional Victoria visiting 35 schools with the aim of inspiring young Australians to become innovators and pursue futures in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

The Invention Convention is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation, IP Australia, and the Department of Industry and Science as part of an overall push to develop more interest in STEM skills among school students.

Applications for the workshop close Friday, September 11.