Contributors

Dr Tracy Gardner

Tracy is a computer scientist, it's not so much a profession as a way of thinking; she has no idea what she would have done with her life if she hadn't been lucky enough to be born in the Tech Age. Tracy has worked in academia, for international IT companies and more recently as a part-time computer instructor at a primary school. Since having two kids she's left a high flying career to inspire her own children and others in all things tech.

What is the coolest thing you have made?

I was quite pleased with the dragonfly that I designed in Open SCAD and 3D printed. That reminds me, I was going to make one with a space for a coloured LED, I'll try and get back to that. That's typical of me. I love making stuff but I'm always on to the next thing! I've also had lots of fun making things for my children's themed birthday parties, my trusty Silhouette Cameo craft cutter comes in very handy there.

What makes you smile?

My kids taking pleasure from their interests. Clever design. Trees. Solving a neat puzzle in an interactive fiction game. Finding a bargain. Family projects and days out.

And you're good at...

That's not something I really think about. I'm much more interested in what I don't know about but would like to learn and what I can improve.

What would you like to do in the future?

I'm not a long-term planner. I've never liked the idea of having a career plan mapped out. I'm hoping that self-driving cars become mainstream because I don't drive due to zero sense of direction and poor spatial awareness.

Elbrie de Kock

Elbrie owned a few businesses before Tech Age Kids in a variety of industries, including interior design, construction and information management. She is creative and can be found doing some kind of craft with her three kids. Elbrie joined Tech Age Kids in 2015 to build on its success by harnessing her digital and social media marketing experience. She got involved in the tech industry to support her son’s interest in computer programming and subsequently set up a local coding club to inspire more kids to learn skills for a digital age. She has successfully organised and hosted many events, from toddler groups, birthday parties, exhibitions, coding clubs and festivals.

What is the coolest thing you have made?

Although not very techie, I'm super proud of my patchwork picnic blanket I made from fabric scraps. I am creative and love good design. I'm a serial crafter and most enjoy doing craft with my kids, and re-purposing furniture, storage or decor for our home.

What makes you smile?

Sunshine. The Beach. Watching my boys interact with each other and teaching each other skills. Oh and city-breaks with the hubster!

And you're good at...

This is hard because I have to be sure I am actually good at it... I am pretty nifty on social media, I love networking and promoting a cause I believe in. I'm creative and really can't sit still, so I run and love creating some kind of adventurous dish for my family to try out.

What would you like to do in the future?

I would really really love to be able to inspire lots of young people to reach their full potential. More than anything in life, I love encouraging people and see them succeed. I've always wanted to create my own product...I've had lots of ideas over the years...just waiting patiently to unleash my awesome discovery on the world.

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