RO­BOTS MADE SIM­PLE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LOCAL FOCUS -

EV­ERY child has picked up a card­board box and turned it into a car or a cas­tle.

Us­ing pa­per, sim­plic­ity and plenty of imag­i­na­tion, Spare Parts Pup­pet The­atre pro­duc­tion Hachiko will tickle young minds.

Telling the true story of a faith­ful dog and his mas­ter, it ap­plies Ja­panese-in­spired pa­per-craft pup­petry to bring its char­ac­ters to life.

“This form of pup­petry is not tra­di­tional,” pup­peteer Jessica Har­londKenny said.

“Some peo­ple will come and may be con­fused and think there is no pup­petry in this at all but there is – it’s very heav­ily loaded with pup­petry, but it’s not your strings and nor­mal pup­pets.”

Har­lond-Kenny last per­formed Hachiko three years ago and is thrilled to be back shar­ing the nar­ra­tive of a faith­ful akita who waits for his de­ceased mas­ter ev­ery day at a Tokyo train sta­tion for nine years.

“It does deal with a heavy topic but it’s a heavy topic that is im­por­tant for chil­dren so they can have some sort of con­text to draw from,” she said.

“It’s an im­por­tant story of loyalty, friend­ship and re­silience – we don’t fo­cus on dark­ness, we fo­cus on the light­ness of this work.”

Sara Fitzpa­trick THERE will be plenty of fun for chil­dren at the Make and Take a Vi­brobot work­shop at the Town of Vic­to­ria Park Li­brary as part of its art sea­son.

Curtin Li­brary Mak­erspace stu­dents will teach chil­dren aged 9 to 12 sim­ple ro­botic tech­niques to make vi­brobots, which are sim­ple ro­bots based on bat­tery packs and a mo­tor, on April 21.

They will be shown how to use a bat­tery, a mo­tor and other gen­eral house­hold items to cre­ate their mov­ing ob­ject.

Town of Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the event would be de­liv­ered as part of the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to build­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ships.

“Curtin Univer­sity stu­dents are vol­un­teer­ing their time to host the work­shop,” he said.

“Al­tron­ics Can­ning­ton has also kindly do­nated items for the kids to cre­ate their ro­bot.”

Mr Vaughan said he hoped the work­shop sent a mes­sage to the Town’s chil­dren that any­thing was pos­si­ble and they were lim­ited only by their imag­i­na­tion.

“These are our fu­ture lead­ers and it’s work­shops like these which are low-cost and avail­able to all chil­dren that we hope will nur­ture and stim­u­late the chil­dren into be­com­ing our fu­ture com­puter pro­gram­mers, coders and in­ven­tors,” he said.

“We want them to have fun and we’re sure that this work­shop will as­sist in their love of learn­ing in the STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, maths) field.”

The work­shop costs $2. Book­ings are es­sen­tial. Call 9373 5500 or visit vic­to­ri­a­park.wa.gov.au/Events-Ac­tiv­i­ties.

Date: Time: Place:

Thurs­day 20 April 2017 6pm – 7:30pm Gar­vey Park, Fauntleroy Av­enue, As­cot Meet out­side the Artist Stu­dio ½VWX GEVTEVO SR PIJX .SMR E XSYV XS ½RH XLI JVSKW SJ +EVZI] 4EVO GSMRGMHMRK [MXL )EVXL (E] PIH F] .SI 8SRKE SJ 2EXW]RG )RZMVSRQIRXEP 8S VIKWMXIV TPIEWI GSRXEGX XLI 'MX] SJ &IPQSRX 4EVOW )RZMVSRQIRX (ITEVXQIRX SR SV IQEMP

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