Calling all South Australian young inventors

Four people looking at a robotic guitar

The Questacon Invention Convention is heading to Adelaide and Whyalla during the July school holidays and we’re on the hunt for young inventors!

The Invention Convention, supported by The Ian Potter Foundation and IP Australia, is a free three-day workshop that encourages regional high school students with a passion for ideas, innovation and technology to devise unique solutions to real-world problems.

During the workshops, Invention Convention delegates will use anything from robots and electronics, to saws, hammers and nails to think with their hands, make prototypes and refine their ideas, to develop unique creations and discover new ones.

Invention Convention mentors, including engineers, inventors, and robotics specialists, will be present throughout the workshops to guide participants in working through design challenges they face during the prototyping process.

The young inventors will be given the unique opportunity to work with local innovators, businesses and organisations to show them how to get involved with science, technology, and design careers and opportunities in their region.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have established practical knowledge and skills in design, technology and innovation as well as having made new friends and gained the confidence to bring their ideas to reality.

The Invention Convention is free and suitable for 14–18 year olds. The workshops will be in Whyalla from 12–14 July and Adelaide (Mawson Lakes) from 19–21 July.

Questacon Invention Convention delegates are also encouraged to submit an expression of interest to the National Questacon Invention Convention, held in January 2017. The National Invention Convention is a week long, all expenses paid trip to Canberra, to further develop their ideas and interest in inventions.

The Invention Convention workshops are part of the Questacon Smart Skills Initiative. Click here for further information or to apply for the South Australia workshops.