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The Lab – Term 1


The Lab is a growing network of technology clubs for 10 to 16 year-old young people with High Functioning Autism who enjoy working with computers. The Lab offers mentoring through a group supported model by technology professionals from a range of 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 Saturdays.

What happens in The Lab sessions

At each weekly two-hour Lab session, two or more mentors work individually with between 12 and 20 young people to develop their social and technology skills. We provide an environment where participants can share their interests in a wide variety of activities such as gaming together, video creation and sharing, graphic design, programming and game development. Mentors are available during Lab sessions to support activities or to work with participants on new projects of interest to them.

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.

The Lab sessions – Social sessions: The 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 even graphic design.

Please visit http://www.thelab.org.au for more information.

Saturdays, 1 February – 28 March, 11am – 1pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm
AGE: 10 – 16 years
COST: $225 (9 sessions)

The Lab and the NDIS: FCAC is a Registered NDIS Provider. NDIS participants can use their NDIS plan to attend The Lab.

The Lab sessions at FCAC are popular. Please contact FCAC reception at reception@footscrayarts.com to indicate your interest in participation.

View our terms and conditions here.

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: Josh Grunik

Josh has been teaching Computer Science and IT at RMIT University for the last four years. Before that he was developing games for desktop, mobile and console. Josh holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and Associate in Information Technology.

About The Lab trainee Mentor – Kobe Salter
Kobe has been attending Lab sessions for the last four years at Footscray and Kyneton. He is now expanding his expertise under Liam’s guidance by taking on some of the responsibilities of running the lab sessions. He is also attending the Lab Pro sessions that have started at the Geelong Lab. He is an avid gamer and will be helping the other lab members work their way through the large inventory of steam games. This year he was able to introduce the steam link to the FCAC Lab to get more participation in multiplayer games, and is looking forward to working with the current and new members.

Presented as part of FCAC’s Arts Learning program.

1- Image by Sarah Walker.

Date & Times

Saturdays, 1 February – 28 March, 11am – 1pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm


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$225 (9 sessions)

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