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A Questacon Invention Convention Workshop (Image Supplied)

Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre is offering young South Australians with a passion for ideas, innovation and technology an opportunity to take part in a 2016 Questacon Invention Convention in either Adelaide or Whyalla during the July school holidays.

The Invention Convention, which is supported by The Ian Potter Foundation and IP Australia, will be hosted by the University of South Australia campuses in each location. They will run from July 12-14 in Whyalla, and from July 19-21 at Mawson Lakes in Adelaide.

High school students aged 14 to 18 will work with local experts to devise and prototype new solutions to real world problems using existing and emerging technology. The local contributors include a young scientist who uses and creates innovations every day, and an entrepreneur who encourages a culture of making, tinkering and creating new things with kids and adults.

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High School Students at The Invention Convention (Image Supplied)

Invention Convention Facilitator Sarah Clark says "A major feature of the Invention Convention is the mentoring program. Mentors work with participants to pass on valuable knowledge and experience, giving them insight into the world of innovation, design and technology while also passing on the skills and inspiration required to succeed".

Participants at the Questacon Invention Convention will create prototypes and develop new designs and ideas, working with high tech equipment like 3D printers, modular electronics, robotics, tools, and software. The event will include activities focusing on innovation, prototyping, and communication.

Students don't need to have ever made a prototype for their ideas before, they just need to have loads of enthusiasm and a willingness to share ideas and learn new things," said Ms Clark.

At the end of the convention, the high school students will combine their ideas and present them to the other participants, mentors and their families, sharing the knowledge and what they have gained from the program.

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Students Making Musical Robots With Katrina Judd (Image Supplied)

The free Questacon Invention Convention workshops in the July school holidays will bring together up to forty high school students from around South Australia for three days of making, innovating and creating. They promise to be an awesome fun learning experience, with opportunities to meet new friends.

Additional information can be found on the Questacon Invention Convention website where you can apply online. You can also find Questacon on Facebook or call 1800 889 995.

Please note:
Whyalla Invention Convention applications close Monday July 4.
Adelaide Invention Convention applications close Monday July 11.
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Where: Whyalla and Adelaide
Cost: Free
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