The Ian Potter Foundation is working with Questacon to help develop creative young people by immersing them in innovation, design, technology and entrepreneurial learning experiences.
We have awarded our largest ever science and education grant of $7.8 million over five years, to Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. In recognition, Questacon has renamed their Deakin facility (formerly the Questacon Technology Learning Centre) ‘The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre’.
“This grant reflects the importance of this project for Australia and the investment required to transition to the technology-focused, innovative, knowledge-based economy that is vital to Australia’s future,” said Janet Hirst, Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Foundation
The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre will offer a range of onsite interactive experiences for students and the public to engage with technology and innovation. The Centre’s Gallery of Australian Inventiveness features themed exhibitions showcasing Australian creativity and innovation.
The Centre also offers school-group and holiday workshops for local and visiting interstate school groups in a dedicated Maker Space. These workshops build students’ skills in creative design, innovative thinking and problem solving, and use high-tech gadgets and low-tech materials—from 3D printers to glue guns.
The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre will also be the hub for the new national Questacon Smart Skills Initiative, giving students a greater appreciation of the processes and skills involved in developing ideas and solutions to problems and refining them into useful products and processes.
Questacon Smart Skills incorporates interactive workshops, exhibitions, tours and special events. Activities will be delivered locally and nationally through regional partnerships and digital communications technology. The funding from The Ian Potter Foundation enables this initiative to target schools in regional and remote areas of Australia, including disadvantaged communities.
Questacon has interacted directly with over one million primary and secondary school students through visits to Canberra and through various national programs. They believe that teachers remain the key to ongoing engagement in inspiring young Australians to consider advanced study leading to careers in science, maths, technology or engineering.
Working with a host of partner institutions and by capitalising on over 25 years of national outreach experience, Questacon and The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre will help energise skills development across Austalia