Invention Convention

Questacon Invention Convention

Don't just use the latest technology- create it!

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Workshops for students

School Workshops

Workshops in Canberra

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Holiday Workshops

Workshops during the school holidays

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Touring School Workshops

Touring workshops brought to your classroom.

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Virtual Excursion

Live workshops streamed from our studios in Canberra to your school.

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Workshops for teachers

Teacher Workshops

Accredited workshops for teachers.

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Social Media

See what everyone's been up to.

Workshops around Australia

Within the Community

Enterprising Australians

Find out about Australian inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Taj Pabari, founder of Fiftysix Creations, works with a student

Community Events

Public events and talks.

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Make at Questacon in Canberra

Touring School Workshops

Free, hands-on workshops for secondary school students, brought directly to your school. The workshops focus on innovative design thinking, and equipping students with the confidence to test and refine ideas through hands-on digital and practical prototyping.

Touring Workshops

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Students will be challenged to use simple materials to prototype creative solutions to problems. Depending on the workshop, challenges include constructing a virtual reality-inspired table-top rollercoaster, designing a landing platform for a drone, playing with conductivity to create novel game controllers, or testing aerodynamics in our vertical wind tunnels. Workshops are enhanced by the use of Samsung Technology as a tool to explore concepts or to test designs.

To find out what to expect during a Questacon Smart Skills workshop, or to get help planning follow-up activities, check out the teacher resources below.

Tour Dates

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The Questacon Smart Skills touring programme travels around Australia to deliver school workshops. Tours are currently planned for the following regions.


26 February - 9 March Far South Coast, NSW and Gippsland, VIC
28 May - 8 June

North QLD

20 - 31 August New England and Surrounds, NSW


INSTAGRAM PHOTO COMPETITION – The Questacon Smart Skills Initiative is on tour and we’re having a competition! For your chance to win a prize from the Questacon Shop:

  1. Take a photo of something you have created (it doesn’t have to be perfect or finished!)
  2. Follow Questacon on Instagram @questaconnstc
  3. Post a photo of your innovation on Instagram and tag @questaconnstc

Innovations can be those created during a Smart Skills Workshop, at home, or as part of an organised activity.

Entries must be submitted by 5pm AEST Monday 3 September 2018.

One prizewinning entry will be selected and receive a from the Questacon shop. Photo entries must be of something you have created. By entering you confirm that consent has been granted from the individuals in the photo entry and you allow Questacon to re-share this image. Entries will be judged based on quality of entry. Winners will be contacted on Instagram via DM on Monday 10 September 2018, and the prize will be delivered via post.

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. By entering, participants release Instagram of responsibility and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

To register interest in one of the upcoming Smart Skills tours, either fill out the Expression of Interest form, or contact

Smart Skills Enquiries

By clicking submit you will register your interest in Questacon Smart Skills workshops and will be notified if a workshop is available near you.

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