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Shaping the Future – 2019 FIRST LEGO League

The Cube was humming with activity on Saturday 16 November for the 2019 FIRST® LEGO® League tournament! 28 teams and around 70 volunteers arrived bright and early for an action-packed competition day.

The 2019 CITY SHAPER challenge saw teams build and program robots, and work on innovative projects to show off their STEM skills and help lead the way in shaping the future.

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Young designers workshop ideas for The Living Reef

On Saturday 25 May, a group of enthusiastic young ‘designers’ joined us at The Cube to learn about digital design and to workshop ideas for The Living Reef digital project.

This fast-paced workshop facilitated by Scott Millar and the team from BOP Industries saw the participants rapidly evaluate the elements that go into a good digital product. Students looked at current game examples and tested several of The Cube’s interactive projects. They got insights from a STEM Schools ambassador, and The Cube Studio team unpacked an example using the new ‘predator-prey’ activity showing how it is being developed.

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Expressions of Interest open, apply for The Cube’s Artist-in-residence program!

Do you have a background in visual art, interactive design, science communication, digital storytelling, software engineering, data visualisation or games design?

Do you want strive to push the boundaries of your practice?

The Cube is offering an Artist-in-residence opportunity to develop an innovative project on one of the world’s largest interactive display spaces. Located within QUT’s Science and Engineering Centre, The Cube is a hub for scientific and digital exploration, and is one of the world’s largest interactive learning and display spaces.

The Cube, 2016.

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Hello 2019, a tech-fueled summer program launch!

The Cube kick-started the 2019 Summer Holiday Program with a tech-fueled Family Fun Day on Saturday 12 January. This event provided a perfect opportunity to share the new Cube projects and showcase our talented program partners with Brisbane families.

The crowds turned out to test drive the Wind tunnel and Water tank, two new screen projects that the Cube studio developed in 2018. It was fantastic to see visitors trialling which objects float the best in the Water tank (my bet is on the rubber duck!), and testing aerodynamics in the Wind tunnel simulation.

Water Tank and Wind Tunnel at The Cube

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Uncover STEM concepts with The Cube’s new digital simulations

When we look at the world around us we see simple systems, the water ripples in the bathtub or a dog’s ears flapping as they hang out of the window of a moving car. We learn these effects as children and hardly notice them as we grow older. Behind these everyday occurrences lie an incredibly complex system of cause and effect that even today with supercomputers the size of football fields, we cannot simulate with 100% accuracy.

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Space adventurers take on FIRST® LEGO® League 2018

3-2-1 LEGO! On Saturday 17 November the 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League tournament launched at The Cube. 36 teams took part in the INTO ORBIT challenge and displayed STEM skills that were out of this world!

Susan Street, Executive Director of QUT Precincts, opening the 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League tournament at The Cube

For this season’s INTO ORBIT project, the teams had to identify a physical or social problem faced by humans during long duration space exploration within our Sun’s solar system, and propose a solution. The Judges were absolutely blown away with the wide array of creative ideas which encompassed everything from space farming, to huggable companion robots for lonely space explorers! Read more

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2018 Cube Artist in Residence: Exploring QUT’s microscopy labs

A large part of our artist residency has been spent in the microscopy labs in the Science & Engineering building, learning how to use the electronic microscopes to capture the very fine details of plants that cannot be seen with the human eye.

Hippeastrum petal
Microscopic image revealing the round cells on the surface of the Hippeastrum flower petal.

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Tech start-up to Teenage Entrepreneur: Scott Millar

Starting his entrepreneurial journey at age 14, Scott Millar is now the 18-year-old CEO and founder of Brisbane-based tech start-up, BOP Industries. Scott is a passionate advocate for young entrepreneurs and all things technology, and is on a mission to show young people the power they have and how they can do truly extraordinary things whilst still in high school.

Scott Millar

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2018 Cube Artist in Residence: Seeing nature larger than life

Hi there, we are Man & Wah – this year’s resident artists at The Cube. Much of what we create is inspired by cosmos and nature, we love seeing the beauty of nature larger than life! We design large scale content such as installations and photographic prints and create immersive environments with projections and sound.

Sunset landscape of Science & Engineering Centre (P block)

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Australian and international Dinos living in our zoo

Dino Zoo features well-known dinosaurs such as T-Rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops as well as five Australian dinosaurs including Queensland’s own Muttaburrasaurus, Kunbarrasaurus, Rhoetosaurus, Coelurosaur and Australovenator nicknamed Banjo.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the zoo, interact with the dinosaurs, and play fun activities on the touch screens. Some of the dinosaurs will move in herds, some will hunt in small packs, and some like to hunt on their own.

Dino Animation 3

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