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A joint initiative by government, industry and the National Science and Technology Centre, Questacon, has given students from secondary schools in three states experience with the cutting-edge of design technology.

The students in Western Australia, the ACT and Victoria have been working with 3D printers. The groups were provided with bodies with snap-in sockets and a blueprint ball-joint design to build upon, and created heads, arms, legs and even wings for the body to create figurines in 3D.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science, Karen Andrews, says the Questacon project has given 46 lucky students a first-hand look at an “emerging technology that has the potential to revolutionise manufacturing worldwide.”

“I commend schools right across Australia that are embracing 3D design and printing in classrooms – I was recently at Ironside State School in St Lucia, Queensland, and was amazed by the 3D printers the kids were using every day to complement their STEM based subjects.

“Along with valuable practical experience, students have honed their problem solving and design thinking skills. These skills are in high demand by employers across a range of industries and will underpin the jobs of the future.”

Andrews acknowledged key partner Raytheon Australia for their support in delivering the program, which is one of a series of programs supported under a three-year partnership between Questacon and Raytheon Australia.

“This unique initiative is an example of how government and industry can collaborate to bring tangible examples from business and research, and inspire young people to become the innovators of tomorrow.”

Andrews said Questacon’s initiatives are a key part of the delivery of the Government’s broader science agenda, including the development of Australia’s first ever national policy to secure Australia’s skills base in STEM.

“These informal learning opportunities are a vital part of the broader STEM policy we are developing to help secure a highly skilled workforce and cultivate the science literate society that is essential for Australia’s ongoing productivity and prosperity.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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