A new kind of literacy
Kids impress with robotic competence
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.
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