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Aaliyah Christou at CSDS

SimYouth begins

When 11 year-old Aaliyah approached me for ideas of “Droids, drones and robots” for her Science Talent Search project, my first call was to my colleagues at Queensland Health’s Clinical Skills Development Service. The simulated mannequins are great for showing kids the wide range of skills needed to drive jobs in the future, from designers to audio techs to scientists and programmers – it’s not all about code!

In October 2016, the Science Talent Search awarded Aaliyah a bursary for her video production “Industrial Robots Healthcare Industry”. Judges commended Aaliyah on the uniqueness of her entry (“new science”). Personally, I think she a better job than most of us in industry at explaining the benefits of our robotic friends!

Aaliyah’s journey has stoked my enthusiasm to develop a SimYouth community – stay tuned.

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