Brynlea Gibson - Inaugural Champion

Brynlea Gibson

Year 9 student, 2015 Australian Youth Leadership Award and iAward winner

Brynlea is a 14-year-old student with a passion for digital technologies and its application to the real world.

She was awarded an Australian iAward in 2014 for developing a project that included robotics, sensors and C++ programming to deliver care to her guinea pig. This project could ultimately have application in the fields of medicine, to assist in remote surgery, mining exploration, rescue, security and surveillance.

This project, driven by her passion for learning and the desire to continue to strive for excellence, was an innovative combination of software development and hardware design and creation.

Brynlea’s projects have inspired numerous students, government officials and ministers, educators, industry leaders and ICT practitioners to see anything is possible for young students to learn.

She has demonstrated that:

  • the barriers to entry and engagement with high-quality ‘real’ and ‘hard’ technology are lower than one might expect

  • passion, access to suitable mentors, and a desire to create something are the beginnings that are required.

Brynlea was also a recipient of the 2015 Youth Leadership Award for outstanding leadership in the area of IT and personal attributes reflecting her support or her peers and infectious enthusiasm for technology within the community.

Motivated to contribute back to the learning community, Brynlea has established a YouTube channel to document her journey and produce materials to help inspire and guide others to undertake similarly exciting projects and embrace digital technologies for their own enjoyment.

Brynlea participates in peer mentoring, has been a guest speaker at various events and regularly assists teachers who are, themselves, incorporating ICT in the classroom.

Rural and remote medical access and mining rescue underpin her long-term goals. With her ICT skills and vision Brynlea aspires to provide a better quality of life for disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

Driven to learn all she can about ICT, Brynlea plans to pursue further study and a career in the ICT industry when she graduates from high school.

Brynlea Gibson

Year 9 student, 2015 Australian Youth Leadership Award and iAward winner

Brynlea is a 14-year-old student with a passion for digital technologies and its application to the real world.

She was awarded an Australian iAward in 2014 for developing a project that included robotics, sensors and C++ programming to deliver care to her guinea pig. This project could ultimately have application in the fields of medicine, to assist in remote surgery, mining exploration, rescue, security and surveillance.

This project, driven by her passion for learning and the desire to continue to strive for excellence, was an innovative combination of software development and hardware design and creation.

Brynlea’s projects have inspired numerous students, government officials and ministers, educators, industry leaders and ICT practitioners to see anything is possible for young students to learn.

She has demonstrated that:

  • the barriers to entry and engagement with high-quality ‘real’ and ‘hard’ technology are lower than one might expect

  • passion, access to suitable mentors, and a desire to create something are the beginnings that are required.

Brynlea was also a recipient of the 2015 Youth Leadership Award for outstanding leadership in the area of IT and personal attributes reflecting her support or her peers and infectious enthusiasm for technology within the community.

Motivated to contribute back to the learning community, Brynlea has established a YouTube channel to document her journey and produce materials to help inspire and guide others to undertake similarly exciting projects and embrace digital technologies for their own enjoyment.

Brynlea participates in peer mentoring, has been a guest speaker at various events and regularly assists teachers who are, themselves, incorporating ICT in the classroom.

Rural and remote medical access and mining rescue underpin her long-term goals. With her ICT skills and vision Brynlea aspires to provide a better quality of life for disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

Driven to learn all she can about ICT, Brynlea plans to pursue further study and a career in the ICT industry when she graduates from high school.

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    by brynlea.jg, 3 months ago

    I wanted to reflect on some of the interesting things I have been doing recently. Today I attended an International Women's Day seminar hosted by Digital Careers at The Edge in the State Library, Brisbane. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet several successful female technology trailblazers. such as Sara Fonseca from Halfbrick and game designer Liz Ballantyne from Shapeshifter Creative. Sara identified helpful tips to successfully negotiate a digital career. In summary, she explained that the top necessary technical skills to develop are Programming and Art/Animation skills. She highlighted the importance of communication, initiative and teamwork. She also noted... Continue reading

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