The Vernier Foundation’s 2019 Youth Forum on Thursday 8th of August

“Imagination; past, present and future”

Get ready for our next Youth Forum in August this year…. stay tuned for more details but here is the outline for the speakers:

In 1977, the founder of one of the leading computer manufacturers in the world at that time DEC said “there is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home”. It seems stupid now because he had not imagined the personal computer!

Imagination past

The first Vernier Speaker will briefly set the scene for generational innovation; in 1989, there was no world wide web, mobile phones were really too heavy to carry and planets orbiting other suns had not yet been seen.  Just consider the changes over the last 30 years!

Imagination Present – Our main speaker is Creature Technology Co

A company that epitomises imagination!  Melbourne based, they first came to prominence in 2007 with “Walking with Dinosaurs” and are now one of the leading companies for producing the most technologically, sophisticated, creatively inspired and life-like animatronics for arena spectaculars, theme parks, exhibitions and stage shows around the world.  Chief Engineer Richard McKenna and his team will present a glimpse (most of how they do it is secret) into the technologies and dedication that go into producing their astounding projects and explain the whole range of skills and engineering capabilities employed to produce such spell binding pieces of technology.

Imagination Future – from the imaginers for tomorrow

Finally, a look into an imaginative future and who best to do that but the young people from our two collaboration schools, Dandenong High and Peninsula Grammar.  Both schools will give us their own glimpse of the technologies of the future – the engineering and manufacturing innovations and inventions that will drive the world by 2049.