In­spir­ing next gen tech en­trepreneur­s

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS at St Therese’s Catholic Pri­mary School Monto took part in a two-day work­shop to en­cour­age the next gen­er­a­tion of tech en­trepreneur­s.

Ro­bot­ics ex­pert Dr Damien Kee in­spires chil­dren to pur­sue the fields of the fu­ture: sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics.

Raised in a re­mote North­ern Ter­ri­tory min­ing town, his work broad­ened his hori­zons.

He un­der­stands the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to cu­ri­ous kids and trav­els the world teach­ing au­toma­tion and pro­gram­ming.

He said the mod­ern world was mov­ing so fast that it’s hard to keep up.

Dr Kee said the most im­por­tant skill a stu­dent could learn was to think out­side the box.

“As a kid I loved tak­ing stuff apart and see­ing how it worked,” he said.

“The fu­ture for our stu­dents is to be able to cre­ate things that no one else has ever thought of – tech­nolo­gies the rest of so­ci­ety is go­ing to use.

“It’s good to see kids tak­ing con­trol, rather than just be­ing pas­sive users.

“Tech­nol­ogy is chang­ing so rapidly.

“We’re giv­ing them the skills and the strate­gies they need to fig­ure stuff out on their own, be­cause what they learn to­day will be ob­so­lete in three years.”

PHOTO: MACKEN­ZIE CO­LA­HAN

DREAM BIG: Dr Damien Kee is en­cour­ag­ing ru­ral stu­dents to pur­sue ca­reers in STEM.

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