Taree student to innovate and invent in Canberra

The Invention Convention starts January 16.
The Invention Convention starts January 16.

A local aspiring young inventor has been selected to turn their ideas into reality in Canberra at a national convention run by Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.

Keren Macpherson, 17, from Taree will join 25 other young Australians selected from across the country to participate in the National Questacon Invention Convention. The five-day National Invention Convention provides young Australians the opportunity to develop and build prototypes of their ideas under the guidance of specialist innovation professionals.

“I’m excited to be selected to attend the National Invention Convention,” Ms Macpherson said. “This is a great opportunity to network with peers and work with Australia’s leading innovators and entrepreneurs.”

The young delegates at the National Invention Convention will attend workshops to develop their creative design and innovation skills.

Questacon Director, Professor Graham Durant said the National Invention Convention will provide participants an opportunity to see the wide range of career pathways available in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“The National Invention Convention delegates will be able to talk and work with leaders in innovation to develop their own prototypes and ideas,” Professor Durant said.

“The week-long National Invention Convention will inspire future innovators, and encourage them to develop creative thinking skills critical to Australia’s future,” he said.

The National Questacon Invention Convention runs from 16 – 20 January 2017 at The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre in Canberra, and will conclude with a gala dinner attended by the delegates and invited guests, including the innovation professionals who will provide guidance throughout the week.

The National Invention Convention is proudly supported by IP Australia and is part of the $14.5 million Questacon Smart Skills Initiative, funded by the Australian Government in partnership with The Ian Potter Foundation.