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Experience innovation at the Young Innovators Symposium

20 December, 2018

Young innovators can learn how to turn anything into a game controller or digitally enhance fashion with lights and electronics in workshops being held on the Fraser Coast this January.

Mayor George Seymour said the 2019 Young Innovators Symposium would be held at libraries in Hervey Bay on 10 January and Maryborough on 11 January.

“In the DIY Games Controller Workshop, teens and adults aged over 12 years will learn how to turn anything including touch, sound, heartbeats and brain waves into a games controller,” Cr Seymour said.  

“They can also build the next generation of gaming experience in ultra-tactile VR like hot, cold, soft and hard surfaces and use whole body biometrics to play.”

This hands-on workshop will be delivered by Master Maker, Mic Black (Mic’s Lab, Makers of Play, Readiness.IO) and will involve soldering electronics, code and intense creativity. 

Mic has been known to gesture control a 33t excavator, build a brain-controlled motion platform VR rollercoaster, convert a full-size car into a self-driving, talking and listening autonomous vehicle.
 
He is an Advance Queensland Digital Champion for digital literacy and dynamic supporter of STEAM initiatives that are loud, exciting and unconventional. 

In the Wearable Tech Workshop, Steph Piper, an Advance Queensland Digital Champion and Brisbane Hackerspace president, will show how to enhance fashion with lights and electronics.  

“This kit-based session will teach teens and adults the basics of working with conductive thread and LED sequins,” Cr Seymour said.  

“They will learn how to create a circuit in stainless steel thread and enhance clothing to respond to the local environment.” 

Workshop bookings are essential, phone 4197 4220. Consent forms are required for children under 16 years of age. 

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