Fu­ture filled with codes

Ex­pert kids show off ro­bot skills

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

ONE Year 6 stu­dent has high hopes ro­bots will soon be able to help fight fires.

Rithesh Vivek, from Our Lady of Good Coun­sel, Gat­ton, started learn­ing the ba­sics of cod­ing two years ago at school.

He said ro­bot helpers could as­sist in bush fire sea­son in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture, as the world of com­puter pro­gram­ming be­came “big­ger and big­ger”.

“In the fu­ture, it will get big­ger and big­ger and big­ger un­til ro­bots can do stuff like float in the air or help peo­ple in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“(In fires) you could watch over and see what’s hap­pen­ing and drop some wa­ter down,” he said.

The Gat­ton Show­grounds turned into a hub of learn­ing re­cently, when the savvy stu­dents of Our Lady brought their knowl­edge out of the class­room and into the com­mu­nity.

Stu­dents from var­i­ous Catholic schools across south east Queens­land, along with Lock­yer Val­ley busi­nesses, verged on the Learn­ing and Grow­ing Stu­dent Expo to learn from the school’s “mini ex­perts”.

Rithesh, along with a small team of class­mates, was on ro­bot duty, show­ing off ev­ery­thing the EV3 (mini ro­bots) could do.

“We got EV3S and we’re cod­ing them to move and try­ing to make sure they don’t hit boxes and make sure they know what they’re do­ing,” Rithesh said.

The EV3, which Rithesh said was able to do back­flips if the right per­son was driv­ing it, trav­elled across the dirt at the show­grounds while a pi­lot con­trolled its move­ments.

“You got to code it and then con­nect it by Blue­tooth, which makes it move,” he said. The lit­tle ro­bot could also be con­nected to the com­puter by wires.

“But, with the wire, there’s a prob­lem – you have to fol­low the com­puter with it but with Blue­tooth you don’t have to,” Rithesh said.

Year 6 teacher and expo co­or­di­na­tor Kristi Warskitt said more than 300 stu­dents were to the show­grounds.

“These are all ac­tiv­i­ties con­tex­tu­alised to the Lock­yer Val­ley and are as hands on and en­gag­ing as pos­si­ble,” she said.

PHOTO: EBONY GRAVEUR

LOOK­ING FOR­WARD: Our Lady of Good Coun­sel School stu­dent Anne Fitzger­ald.

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