Future filled with codes
Expert kids show off robot skills
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.
LOOKING FORWARD: Our Lady of Good Counsel School student Anne Fitzgerald.