The Lab

A network of technology clubs for children and young people who identify as being on the autism spectrum and who enjoy working with computers

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Mentoring by technical professionals in
programming, 3D, Digital Design, and Gaming.

What is The Lab?

The Lab is a growing network of technology clubs for children and young people who identify as being on the autism spectrum and who enjoy working with computers. The Lab offers mentoring by technology professionals in areas such as programming, 3D, digital design and gaming. While The Lab is not NDIS registered, many Lab participants use their NDIS plans to pay for Lab sessions.

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The Lab News

  • We’re hosting 90-minute Lab Online sessions to help you learn how to create your own game! Using MagicaVoxel you’ll learn how to create 3D assets which will be incorporated into a game with Godot. These programs are open-source and free so once you learn how to use them, you can build many more games!
    Zoom sessions Saturday October 24, 31 & November 7, 10.30am – 12noon AEDT (more sessions added if required)
    Register now by emailing admin@thelab.org.au
    Regular Lab Online fees apply
    Download the Lab Online FAQ here
  • New Lab Online groups for young people in Canberra & Perth are now registering participants.
    To join one of these group click on the Register button at the top of this page or on the Join a Lab page. Session details will be available soon.
  • The Lab usually attends the international games convention PAX in person but with the event completely online this year Lab Online participants created two exciting games to present in a video at the all online version of PAX. You can see our video presentation where participants talk about their games and their experience at The Lab Online at the bottom of this page.
  • ‘What’s it Like’ from the ABC features a The Lab participant from Sydney describing their experience being on the autism spectrum. It’s a wonderful watch.
    https://iview.abc.net.au/show/what-it-s-like/series/3/video/CK2004V001S00Please go to the Join a Lab page to register your interest in attending these sessions.
  • Click to view the ABC News item below.
    Global IT giant to hire Australian employees with autism

Coronavirus Update

Currently only Labs at Banyo (Brisbane) and Gold Coast in Queensland are running face to face sessions. To register your interest please complete the registration form linked from the Join a Lab page and select one of these Lab venues.

The Lab Online is currently offering sessions 5 days a week during school terms. See below for details about Lab Online sessions

About Lab sessions

The Lab’s approach is unstructured and does not have expectations of specific education or technology outcomes.

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The Lab Online – Many Lab Online sessions are currently being offered and have proved to be very popular and effective in maintaining social connections during the Covid-19 restrictions.

The Lab Online sessions are available Monday to Friday from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. These sessions cover a wide range of game play and tech activities using the Zoom platform.

To register your interest please complete the registration form linked from the Join a Lab page and register for The Lab Online. We will contact you to discuss the session day and time that best suits you.

Click this link to read full details of Lab Online sessions:
The Lab Online FAQ 2020

 

See below for details of some specific local Lab run online sessions

The Reservoir Lab is offering online sessions via their Discord server with different channels/rooms which have resources such as a section for curated free game links/ideas for attendees to play together (and separate voice channels for them to play together and chat in), a tutorial section linking to The Lab’s tutorial library where attendees can learn about their interests with a Mentor (a great source of guides on learning many technical and creative things), a hosted Minecraft server that attendees can join and collaborate in as well as a range of public and private voice channels to communicate with Mentors and other attendees.
To register your interest please complete the registration form linked from the Join a Lab page and register for The Lab at Reservoir.

The Rhodes Lab is offering online sessions that focus on social connections and growing technology skills. Each week we’ll have a project to work on, anything from 3D modelling to meme making to paper circuits and more. Teens will be welcome to work on their own projects. Kits containing technology materials will be available to borrow from The Learning Space to use during the term. Any 3D models created will be printed and available for collection throughout the term.
To register your interest please complete the registration form linked from the Join a Lab page and register for The Lab at Rhodes.

Check out the Tech Tutorials on the Resources page of this site if you are looking for activities to complete at home. These cover a range of tech activities across many aspects of digital media from gaming to coding 2d and 3d design.

Mentors with technical expertise

By pairing young people who have 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. The Lab is always on the lookout for enthusiastic and skilled tech mentors.

Jobs at the lab

The Lab resources

Join The Lab to access a great variety of helpful videos and powerpoints for students, mentors and parents.

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Introduction to The Lab