Currently, these sessions are confirmed. Sessions are subject to change.
Installation - Beneath my feet @ Gold Coast
Mensan and artist, Maureen Harding works with emerging student artists. She will facilitate the creation of an installation that will represent the children at the Kid's Conference. Children are invited to bring something personal to represent themselves…
Cryptography (1.5 hours)
Gifted teacher Adrienne Alexander presents two hands-on sessions about all things code, cipher, and secret writing!
Surfing the Brain Waves (1 hour)
Gifted expert Michele Juratowitch explores the intersection between neuroscience, emotions, and behaviours associated with creating an optimal (and fun) learning environment. More info: clearingskies.com.au
Meeting Your Mind with Understanding, so it can rest (1.5 hours)
Tammy Reid facilitates The Work of Byron Katie. It is a way to question what the mind is thinking and believing. It is a practical and insightful tool for the mind, a tool for peace. TIME magazine called it “four questions to inner peace”. More info: doingwhatworks.com.au
Medieval & Primitive Technologies (1 hour - outdoors)
Adrienne returns to play with technologies from long ago. Join in as we learn about and test out ancient tools and technologies used centuries ago.
Making it Soft or Loud (1.5 hours)
Sound designer Mark usually makes things sound good at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane. Come and hear his story, and create music—or just noise!
Coding with Robyn (1.5 hours)
Grab a device and jump into Robyn’s practical coding challenge. Suitable for all ages and skill levels.
Treasure Hunt (1.5 hours)
Mensan Laura Parsons leads a treasure hunt! Ahoy me hearties! The treasure map be found, but it be torn in pieces. Landlubbers, grab yourself a ship's mate and face the challenges of the treasure hunt. Shiver me timbers, the map be our only chance to find the golden booty. Arr! Don't be late or you'll be forced to walk the plank! Pirates of all ages can get their grubby mits on the map so don't miss out!
Turning a tshirt into a bag (1 hour)
Jennifer inspires using wildflowers from around Australia to decorate t-shirts... that will become a bag. (no glue or sewing required!). Bring your artistic skills and a sense of humour as we listen, cut, paint, and create!
Tower of Power (1 hour)
Back for round two after the successful Perth Kids Conference back in 2013! Design it. Build it. Eat it?
Click here to register at mensa.org.au
Frequently asked questions
Q: What is the 2017 Asia Mensa Annual Gathering Gold Coast Kids Conference?
A: The AMAG Kids Conference is a parallel conference, running alongside the adults conference. It is in the same venue. It is exclusively for children. Activities will be run by mentors, gifted professionals, and other specialists. All activities are designed for children. Some activities will be shared with the adults conference.
Q: Which children will be at the Kids Conference?
A: We will allow a maximum capacity of 50 children to the Kids Conference, and 30 children at the Gala dinner.
Q: What age range are you focusing on?
A: Activities are designed for 7yo - 14yo. Generally, Mensa conferences skew towards the young side of this range; older children will be welcomed.
Q: Which adults will be present at the Kids Conference?
A: Mensa is a not-for-profit organisation staffed by volunteers. All Gifted Children's Coordinators carry a Queensland blue card (or 'working with children' equivalent card for their state). The Mensa Kids Conference will be staffed by a minimum of two qualified volunteers, plus the activity speaker.
Q: Who can attend the 2017 Asia Mensa Annual Gathering Gold Coast Kids Conference?
A: Two categories of children can attend the Mensa conferences:
1. Mensan children with non-Mensan parents.
2. Non-Mensan children (and their siblings) with Mensan parents.
This conference will also include a third category (first two categories get priority for registrations):
3. Invited guest children from invited gifted or education organisations.
This means that the conference is open to all family members of a Mensan—including those family members that are not Mensan members.
Note that parents must attend the conference with their children. Parents must pay the adult registration fee, and are encouraged to attend the adults conference, while their child attends the Kids Conference.