On Wednesday 25 November, Intel and Assistant Minister for Innovation the Hon Wyatt Roy MP hosted a coding and innovation boot camp at Parliament House for more than 40 parliamentarians, including the Prime Minister.
Students displayed a range and depth of clever thinking and are on the path to becoming our next generation of inventors, innovators and scientists.
Boot camp sessions included:
- introduction to coding – Macquarie ICT Innovation Centre
- robotics - Robogals
- entrepreneurial thinking – Innovation ACT and Stir
- engineering with purpose – Power of Engineering
- creating smart cities – Intel.
Caitlin Burke, a patent examiner trainee here at IP Australia, took part in the event alongside Robogals who ran a boot camp session on robotics. The session involved our politicians receiving a ‘code’ that they had to use to get blindfolded students to carry out simple activities. There was also Lego and robots to play with, which Robogals take on all their school workshops. Caitlin joined Robogals during her engineering studies to engage with young women in engineering and related fields. She’s now working in the Construction & Mining section of our patent examination team.
Robogals with the Hon Wyatt Roy MP
Events like this aim to encourage our next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to learn and understand Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM), and these skills form the basis for future start-ups and economic prosperity.
Skills like tech creation (creativity + STEM) and having an entrepreneurial mindset are important for the future of Australia’s innovation economy.