Robotics pro­gram a hit with stu­dents

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Onslow School stu­dents have been sharp­en­ing their skills in cod­ing and dig­i­tal lit­er­acy with a spe­cial­ist robotics pro­gram this year.

Since term 2, Scitech, sup­ported by Chevron, has been work­ing to in­tro­duce pri­mary and high school stu­dents and teach­ers to Scratch cod­ing and mBots to give them a real-world un­der­stand­ing of the tech­nol­ogy poised to change the work­force in the fu­ture.

Prin­ci­pal Jacqi Barry said the school had jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to do hands-on work with ro­bots.

She said the pro­gram’s struc­ture meant chil­dren had the chance to quickly de­velop their skills by learn­ing first­hand what worked and what didn’t through trial and er­ror.

Stu­dents’ achieve­ments were show­cased to their peers, par­ents, teach­ers and the com­mu­nity at a so­cial Ro­bot Roundup event at the school last month.

Stu­dents pro­grammed ro­bots to move ac­cord­ing to coded co­or­di­nates and utilised sen­sors, flash­lights and play sounds.

Scitech spe­cial projects co­or­di­na­tor Saskia Scott said learn­ing cod­ing and robotics was an im­por­tant way to pre­pare chil­dren for the fu­ture.

“We need to en­sure the chil­dren of to­day have the skills they will need for to­mor­row,” she said.

Ms Barry said Onslow School would like to con­tinue or ex­pand its robotics pro­gram next year.

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