Virtual reality, robots and 3D printing were showcased at the launch of Futures Observatory, the new education innovation hub at The University of Western Australia (UWA).
Australia’s Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove lead UWA staff and students on an opening tour of the facility that will showcase the newest emerging technologies of society.
Cosgrove said the hub stands as an example to other educational institutions across Australia of a centre that applies the way we teach and learn with the imagination and genius of those who use it.
UWA Pro vice-chancellor of education innovation, Gilly Salmon, said the Futures Observatory will provide a stimulating meeting space that will foster ‘futures thinking’ about learning at the university.
“With science, technology and innovation set to play an even greater role in our economic future and prosperity, UWA understands it has a key role to play to support students for this new world,” she said.
“Scholarships are available to staff to support their research and development into education with consumer technologies, and the Observatory will also develop partnerships with selected technologies and industry organisations,” she continued.