14-year-old Justin Mitchell from St Kevin’s College in Melbourne has won the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards for student engineering. He will now represent Australia at the world’s biggest science and invention fair in the United States later this year.
He learned coding and combined his love of music and science to develop Synthetic, a miniature piano that fits inside a pocket.
“I wanted to be able to play my music wherever I went and so I wouldn’t be limited to having to lug around a big instrument or having to only play piano when I’m at home,” he said.
His pocket-sized piano features multiple music settings, and took 3 weeks to build. It is made with electronically conductive paint which means it responds to touch.
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