Scitech’s Innovation Festival takes students into a different reality

Kinross Senior High School students experience virtual reality.
Kinross Senior High School students experience virtual reality.

PERTH students delved into the world of virtual reality (VR) and 3D artistry at this month’s Innovation Festival at Scitech.

This year’s festival theme Changemakers was attended by a list of Perth-based innovators who demonstrated their expertise in tech fields including augmented reality (AR).

Virtual, augmented and mixed realities experts Frame VR, exposed students to the new concept of shared VR.

Using VR headsets, students collaborate to solve problems and complete tasks together, while operating a futuristic probe exploring a distant planet.

Other hands-on experiences included producing and coding for virtual and augmented reality software and demonstrations of 3D Tilt Brush artistry bringing virtual drawings to life in real-time.

Discussions on digital disruption and innovation will be enhanced by a special Planetarium show immersing students in how innovation has shaped our world.

Scitech chief executive Deb Hancock said the annual festival offered high school students a chance to experience cutting edge technology.

“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills will play a significant part in ensuring future economic prosperity and sustainability in WA, and experiences like this are key to equipping students to take their next steps into an inspiring future,” she said.

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