Coding receives boost
Funding for coding and robotics approved in Burnett
ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander school students in the North Burnett will be able to develop and test their coding and robotics skills at public libraries across Queensland.
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch announced earlier this week that eight communities will benefit from $157,000 in grants to support libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres in their delivery of STEM.I.AM coding and robotics activities.
“Increasing access to digital technologies through this program is another positive step towards closing the gap and improving the digital inclusion of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Ms Enoch said.
“In partnership with State Library of Queensland and local councils, the STEM.I.AM coding and robotics activities will be available to young people in the North Burnett, Aurukun, Cook, Douglas, Gladstone, Logan, Paroo and Townsville.
These activities are expected to commence later this month.
“We hope engaging, innovative programs such as this encourages more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study STEM subjects at school that could spark their interest in a future career built on science, technology, engineering or maths,” Ms Enoch said.
North Burnett Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Mark Pitt said it was great news for the region and should help entice students to take up the subjects.
“It’s an excellent grant and we thank the State Government for their funding,” Mr Pitt said.
“It will go to helping the students in our region and mentoring staff and helping the kids get training and development.”
“We applied for this grant but we’re happy our region was successful with it, Eidsvold State School will be the first off the rank.”
State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said libraries provide a supportive, hands-on environment where everyone has access to technology, information and creative skill building.
“Providing opportunities to build digital literacy skills is vital for Indigenous communities who often experience digital exclusion,” Mrs McDonald said.
The new programs and opportunities are expected to commence later this month.