Esperance student to attend national convention

Esperance teenager Marissa Dattani is one of 25 aspiring young inventors to be selected for the National Questacon Invention Convention in Canberra, the youngest ever to attend.

The five-day convention facilitates practical insight into innovation and entrepreneurship, allowing students the opportunity to turn their ideas into a reality.

Although she was not old enough to attend the Albany convention late last year, that didn’t stop the 14-year-old from applying for the Canberra event.

Marissa said she was extremely surprised to receive the news that she had been selected.

“It was very unexpected,” she said.

“When the National Invention Convention opportunity came up I jumped at the chance.

“I come up with different ideas all of the time but I’ve never had the opportunity to follow through with them.”

This year’s delegates will be required to develop a prototype to address issues concerning the future of planet Earth, a topic Marissa said she is very passionate about.

Questacon National Program senior manager Tamara Niznik said the convention would provide attendees with the opportunity to see the array of potential career paths currently available in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

“The Convention’s delegates will be able to talk to and work with leaders in innovation to develop their own prototypes and ideas,” she said.

“The Convention will inspire future innovators, and encourage them to develop creative thinking skills critical to Australia’s economic future.”

The Convention will run from January 15 until January 19 at The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre in Canberra.

The event will conclude with a showcase event with delegates and invited guests.

The Convention, which is part of the Questacon Smart Skills Initiative, received $14.5 million in funding through a partnership between the federal government and The Ian Potter Foundation.