How much is that doggy in the video?

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AS THE say­ing goes, dogs are a man’s best friend. But what about ro­botic dogs?

Thanks to a live video link, the Years 3–6 pupils at Quilpie’s St Fin­barr’s Pri­mary School are able to an­swer this ques­tion, as they worked to build their own “pet” ro­botic pro­gram­mable dog.

Us­ing pre-pack­aged parts, the chil­dren were in­structed over video con­fer­ence by Pro­fes­sor Stephen Winn, who is based 800km away in an of­fice at the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Queens­land in Toowoomba.

St Fin­barr’s teacher Jo­ce­lyn Hay­lock said the kids had been en­thralled by the project.

“USQ brought out a cam­era sys­tem and a TV for us to be able to hook in with their lessons,” Ms Hay­lock said.

“Ev­ery Tues­day af­ter­noon our Years 3–6 classes would gather to­gether to make their ro­botic dogs with card­board.

“At the end of the project, each child had their own ro­botic dog that could move its head and flash its eyes.”

PAWSITIVE PROJECT: St Fin­barr’s School stu­dents.

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