A new kind of lit­er­acy

Kids im­press with ro­botic com­pe­tence

Whitsunday Times - - KIDS’ ZONE -

LIT­ER­ACY skills aren’t com­plete with­out throw­ing cod­ing and robotics into the mix.

This is the view of Re­gional Ac­cess and Public Li­braries ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Louise Denoon.

Ms Denoon said that was why it was im­por­tant for li­braries across Queens­land to be equipped with the tech­nol­ogy.

“Li­braries have al­ways been about lit­er­acy and this is a new lit­er­acy,” she said.

“We need to read and write, but we also need to code and to be able to deal with the 21st cen­tury.”

Pri­mary and high school stu­dents across the re­gion in­clud­ing Collinsville and Bowen con­gre­gated at Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on Saturday for the first Lego League Robotics Com­mu­nity Event, hosted by Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil.

Over the past month stu­dents took part in work­shops and were asked to pro­gram a ro­bot which competes to solve mis­sions by mov­ing, recog­nis­ing and pick­ing up ob­sta­cles.

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And it was all on show for par­ents, teach­ers and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to see on Saturday.

Not only were stu­dents op­er­at­ing a range of ro­botic de­vices but were also en­gaged in ac­tiv­i­ties as di­verse as marsh­mal­low and tooth­pick sculp­tures and bi­nary code neck­lace mak­ing.

Whit­sun­day li­braries are ex­pected to roll out more cod­ing and ro­botic pro­grams through the year.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

LEGO FUN: Lily West and Skyra Goody at the LEGO League Robotics Com­mu­nity event.

Myka and Brina Kelly play with cars.

Nickey, Emily and Reg­gie Pil­grim.

whit­sun­day­times.com.au Thursday, March 23, 2017

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