Tech fu­ture the fo­cus at Euroa pri­mary

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS - By WILL MURRAY

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’.

PHOTO: Will Murray

TECH SAVVY: Ash­lea An­to­nis and Mikayla Waite.

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