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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.

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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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Winter holiday sees nature in focus

QUT’s Winter holiday program saw The Cube come alive with over 3,700 budding geologists, nature explorers, and aspiring artists. The holiday program, inspired by The Cube’s new project Nature imaginedoffered a range of activities for visitors to explore and interact with science, art, and nature.

A guided tour of Nature imagined kicked off the first day of the program. Led by artist Maureen Hansen, visitors were led on a journey of discovery from The Cube to The William Robinson Gallery. Maureen highlighted inside information on the artworks gained through her time as a student of Robinson’s. She demonstrated his brush mark techniques by zooming into the detail on The Cube screens and pointed out the distinctive use of colour in the original paintings displayed at the William Robinson Gallery.

Nature imagined at The Cube. Photo by Patrick Hamilton

In the Micro Macro sessions, children made their own artworks using source images of plants, animals, and even microbes drawn from the Springbrook region. We were impressed by the wonderful variety of creative responses – from ladybugs, to frogs, birds, and even butterflies! The huge evolving collage was curated by resident artist, Jacqui Smith, from the Scale Free Network. She orchestrated all the elements (and kept chaos at bay!) by adding individual artworks to the collage which was also captured in the time-lapse video recording.

Micro Macro. Photo by Patrick Hamilton.

Each morning of the holiday program, an excited group arrived to take part in the Become a budding geologist workshop. Kasia and Adam, QUT Extreme Science Van ambassadors and real geological researchers, lead a group of 8-15 year olds and uncovered the mysterious world of minerals. Over 240 visitors booked into the workshops and the children were amazed to see the colourful rock samples through the high-tech polarizing microscopes and were keen to learn about the techniques used by geologists to identify rocks.

Become a budding geologist workshop. Photo by Patrick Hamilton.

QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty lent us their augmented reality sandpit and it proved to be a real hit with children! With hand-sanitiser at the ready, visitors were able to shape mountains and valleys generating new topographic projections and even created virtual rain.

To complete the digital scavenger hunt, visitors borrowed iPads and collected fun facts about insects, animals, and plants. These super sleuths did a great job and even had to peek under The Cube stairs to complete some of the scavenger hunt missions. Beanbags, books, and puzzles were the order of the day for those wanting to read and relax.

Nature imagined guided tour at the William Robinson Gallery. Photo by Patrick Hamilton

Thank you to all the enthusiastic art and nature explorers who came along to QUT Winter holiday program! Nature imagined is now in rotation on The Cube screens and the exhibition at the William Robinson Gallery remains open until June 2019.