Posted on April 13, 2017
Bayswater Library played host to a group of young technology enthusiasts as the City's April School Holiday Program got underway at its three libraries.
Over twenty enthusiastic 10 year olds put their coding skills to the test as part of the robotics workshop presented by Scitech.
The children first assembled robotic cars using prepared kits consisting of wires and plugs. Next, armed with laptops, they set about stringing together code that directed the robotic cars to go forward, backwards, zig zag and even bark like a dog! The robotic cars performed all of these tasks on a playmat with the terrain of Mars marked on it, just like NASA's Mars Rover.
Mayor Barry McKenna said the robotics and coding workshop was a real hit with the kids.
"It was wonderful to see the children so engaged in this workshop. The children were enthralled by the robotic cars and delighted to see their creations zig zag across Mars."
"Children at this age have no inhibitions and are so willing and eager to embrace new technology. The robotics workshop provided a perfect opportunity to nurture their interest.
"Coding and robotics have a major role to play in the future of education. Touted as an emerging career path, many schools are including the subject in their curriculum from a Primary level.
"The workshop held at Bayswater Library used advanced classroom technology, providing instant engagement in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects that are so important in today's world.
"It was wonderful to watch children working collaboratively to develop their logical thinking skills in this hands-on environment. We will definitely be hosting more workshops of this kind at our libraries," said Mayor McKenna.