ROBOTS MADE SIMPLE
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.
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