Invention convention

Coming up with new ideas can be intimidating, especially when you don’t really know how to turn them into something real. But students all around Australia – often with no experience in prototyping – do just that during their school holidays when they attend a Questacon Invention Convention that in October will be held in Armidale.

This October school holidays, over the course of three days, 20 students will have the opportunity to join the Questacon Invention Convention team to learn new skills, come up with ideas to solve the problems of the future and have a bunch of fun while gaining practical insights into innovation and entrepreneurship.

The program will run from 9-11 October 2018 and is open to students aged 14-18 who are interested in using a variety of creativity and innovation skills, with both high and low tech tools and materials, to solve real world problems that matter to them.

Over the three days, students will meet like-minded peers and professional mentors working in innovation, science, engineering and design. The Invention Convention is free of charge, however students will need to make their own travel arrangements to the University of New England, Armidale.


Get involved

Registrations for the Invention Convention are now open! These events often book out quickly as there are only 20 places available. Encourage anyone you think would enjoy this event to apply as soon as possible!

Register to attend

Rotary Scholarships for Dubbo students

Rotary Club of Dubbo is offering financial assistance of $500 to two Dubbo students to cover travel and accommodation costs to attend the event in Armidale. Applications for financial assistance need to be submitted to the Rotary Club by 5pm Monday 3 September.

For more information about this opportunity please contact the Youth Liaison Officer c/o Ellissa Harris at

Missed out?

Students who miss out or do not reside in the New England region can register their interest to attend the National Questacon Invention Convention in January 2019, which will be held at Questacon’s very own kitted-out Maker Space in Canberra.

This week-long, all-expenses paid adventure will bring 25 talented young innovators and entrepreneurs to the nation’s capital to learn about innovation and build the skills they need to turn their idea into reality!

Find out more at the Invention Convention website