Our next Imaginarium participant profile is Abigail, a Year 3 student from Bennett Springs who attended the Animatronics course during the school holidays.
Abigail loves the human body, muscles and arteries and likes to research internal organs on the internet in her spare time.
Abigail has had severe allergies since she was six months old so spending time at the doctors has inspired her to help others by becoming a doctor when she is older.
“It is a nice feeling to help people. I’m not really doing it for the money,” she said.
Abigail likes to play dominoes, Pictionary and checkers and her favourite book series at the moment is Whatever After. Abigail said she relates to the main character, Abby – not only do they have similar names, but Abigail also has a brother who is four years younger and she likes that Abby starts all the girl-power.
While learning to program her robot during the Animatronics course, Abigail said the hardest part was “getting the robot working again when it was stuck in the middle of the program.”
However, she persevered through the challenges and credits her self-determination to her father’s support while teaching her about IT.
“He’s an engineer and has taught me a lot,” she said.
Abigail’s favourite part of the course was visiting Caversham Wildlife Park with the robots to investigate animal behaviours – just like real researchers working in the field.