The Lab — Term 2
The Lab is a growing network of technology clubs for 10 to 16 year-old young people diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism who enjoy working with computers. It offers one-to-one tuition by technology professionals in areas such as programming, 3D, digital design and gaming.
FCAC is proud to support this growing network and administers the Footscray lab with school term based sessions on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
What happens in The Lab sessions
The Lab takes an unstructured approach so every session can be different. The idea is we want participants to undertake activities because of what interests them, not because they have to. This approach is deliberately unlike school, and is based on The Lab’s experience with hundreds of young people. The Lab is designed to be a cool and accepting place to visit, hang out and learn while having fun. There aren’t lesson plans or structured courses. If interested in a more structured course check out Game Play which explores computer game making.
The Lab sessions – Social or Programming?
Social sessions: Wednesday and Saturday sessions are ‘social sessions’. This means we provide an environment where participants can share their interests in a wide variety of things such as gaming together, YouTube video creation and sharing, and graphic design.
Programming sessions: Thursday sessions focus on programming and game development.
Wednesdays and Thursdays,19 April – 22 June, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Saturdays, 22 April – 24 June,11am – 1pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm
AGE: 10 – 16 years
VENUE: FCAC ArtLife studio
COST: $200 per term (10 sessions)
The Lab sessions at FCAC are popular. Please contact Simon de Lacy-Leacey to indicate your interest in participation.
About The Lab
Through pairing young people who have Asperger’s Syndrome / High Functioning Autism with tutors who have technical expertise in areas of mutual interest, The Lab seeks to improve the well-being and life prospects of young people who are often highly skilled but whose condition can lead them to fall through gaps in the mainstream education system. Understanding social behaviour and forming social connections doesn’t come naturally to an individual with Asperger’s syndrome; these skills must be taught, and re-enforced constantly.
Please visit http://www.thelab.org.au for more information.
About The Lab tutor: Justin Blackwell
Justin has been programming for six years, developing websites, software, apps and games. He has worked on games both 2D and 3D for the web, android and PC platforms. Justin’s popular GamePlay workshops take participants through the basics of programming in a fun and creative environment.
About The Lab tutor: Liam Barclay
Liam has been designing and developing video games for 5 years. He has worked on both 2D and 3D games targeted for Android and PC platforms, taking on multiple roles involving programming and art while focusing on project management and lead design. Liam recently graduated with a Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment from SAE Institute of Melbourne.
About The Lab tutor: Lucas Hehir
Lucas has been avidly designing games for over twenty years and began to learn programming five years ago. Lucas studied game design and interactive media at Victoria University where he learned to develop games for mobile and PC, before he co-founded the FunPunch software team. He has also worked in areas of music production, 3D modelling, web design and virtual reality development.
Presented as part of FCAC’s Arts Learning program.