Taree innovator shines at Questacon

Big ideas: Keren Macpherson attended the Questacon Invention Convention to further her studies in design. Photo: Questacon.

Big ideas: Keren Macpherson attended the Questacon Invention Convention to further her studies in design. Photo: Questacon.

Taree’s Keren Macpherson joined 25 other young innovators from around Australia for the second National Questacon Invention Convention held in Canberra on January 16 to 20.

Under the tutelage of Questacon Inspirators and Invention Convention Ambassadors, the 17 year old learned about innovative designs and entrepreneurship.

The week kicked off with a series of team building exercises to prepare the participants for the week ahead.

From there they were introduced to the theme for this year’s event ‘Food. Water. Shelter.’

Keren chose the concept of water and begun research in creating a design based on the topic.

The final result was a small working model of a water efficient swimming pool.

She heard from innovation experts and local entrepreneurs in the process who helped turn her original design for the pool into a functioning prototype.

Networking and communication skills were also developed across the week.

Keren has encouraged other like-minded people to speak about their design concepts.

“If you have an idea, there are plenty of people you can talk to and make them a reality,” Keren said. 

She hopes to follow a career in interior design with plans to enroll in the University of Canberra’s Interior Architecture Course in 2018 after completing her HSC.  

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