Fix-ed Students receive inspiring & insightful visit from Substation33

 

Substation 33's Head of Innovations, Simon Schmidke made a very welcome visit out to Pimpama State Secondary College to share a range of interesting insights and experience with Fix-ed students and staff.

Substation33 is a YFS social enterprise based in the Brisbane suburb of Kingston.  Substation33 opened its doors in January 2013 as an electronic waste recycling centre, providing a workplace where volunteers and employees gain confidence and skills for the transition to sustainable employment. Its purpose is to provide training and employment opportunities through the recycling of electronic waste.

More recently, Substation33 has started an Innovation Lab and has designed and developed a number of products for commercial, social and educational purposes.  These included Flooded Road Smart Warning SignsElectric ‘e-bikes’3D printers, a vertical garden monitoring system, to name just a few.

Beyond bringing along one of the Electric e-bikes and clearly explaining how these can be made using recycled laptop batteries, Simon shared thoughts on how this technology could be used with the mobility scooters, providing some great ideas of how Fix-ed could use a variety of technologies.

As students progress on the repair of the scooters, we're looking forward to continually pushing the boundaries and giving participants the opportunity to learn new skills.

 

Thank you very much for your time and for sharing your knowledge today Simon!

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Tom Allen