Tech future the focus at Euroa primary
AS part of the new Victorian curriculum students across the state are being taught new skills in digital technologies as the workforce shifts towards automation.
Euroa Primary School students have embraced this new focus, and have begun a new technologies program which teaches them how computing, networks, robotics and coding works from as early as prep.
This term the students have been learning some early forms of coding using ‘Bee Bots’, programmable robots that can be told how to behave by students keying in instructions.
By programming the bots, students can make them navigate a maze, race from point to point, or even dance.
EPS teacher Heather Crosbie has been taking the kids through the new program, which is designed to make them employable in a digital future.
“The predictions are the in five years 40 per cent of the jobs that currently exist will disappear,” Ms Crosbie said.
“They will be replaced by jobs that do not currently exist, and they are predicted to be predominantly coding, computing and robotics jobs.
“We use something that requires coding or some form of robotics every day, including in our smartphones or even in our vacuum cleaner, and this is only going to increase every year.”
The new Victorian curriculum runs from prep to year 12, with increasingly complex robotics, computing and coding requirements at every stage.
ON YOUR MARKS: Ruby Watson, Jennifer Hunter, Baxter Fraser and Scarlett Trotter get ready to race their ‘Bee Bots’.
NEW PROGRAMMERS: Angus Thompson and Oliver Wilson.
MAKING MOVES: Chloe Townsend with the programmable ‘Cubetto’.
TECH SAVVY: Ashlea Antonis and Mikayla Waite.