Young Scholars Get Creative at QUT

Our Young Scholars Program is strengthening its relationship with university partners, in particular QUT. In Semester 2, we will be offering a range of workshops in collaboration with the Creative Industries Precinct and Faculty. We are working closely with the team at The Cube at the Gardens Point Campus to developing targeted streams in robotics and electronics with a creative focus. Similarly, we are working with The Block at the Kelvin Grove campus in the areas of animation and data visualisation. We are also very pleased to be offering a series of day long intensives developed with the staff from the Design School within the Creative Industries Faculty. These develop design thinking and entrepreneurial skills through industrial and fashion design and create opportunities for students to be mentored by university students.

Recently, the Young Scholars embarked on a fabulous Citizen Journalism project at the Cube at QUT. Their theme was Explaining The Cube through a micro – documentary which offers insights into an aspect of the project.

The Cube is one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces dedicated to providing an inspiring, explorative and participatory experience of QUT’s Science and Engineering research. It is designed to support interactive displays of research projects using advanced digital technology, including 14 high-definition projectors, over 40 multi-touch screens and sound technology.

Some of the micro-documentaries produced at the workshop were uploaded onto The Cube website and available as a resource for other students to view.

May workshops also included the exploration of Megatronics Meets Art at The Block at the Kelvin Grove campus.

In this workshop the students worked with QUT students and staff to ask , “how do we connect and communicate in the 21st century?” This workshop began with a tour and discussion of Speak to Me 5th International Biennial of Media Arts exhibition. This show featured a range of interactive artworks and installations including screen-based works and projections exploring communication in a variety of forms and mediums.

The workshop became very exciting when our students were able to experiment in a hands-on creative session where they built their own interactive art. MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century, transforming everyday objects into touchpads able to interact with computers and the internet and allowing students to create anything from a hand drawn game controller to a playable piano made from fruit. The results speak for themselves!