Work­shops boost kids’ dig­i­tal skills

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Kar­ratha kids raced ro­bots and built buzzing cir­cuits as part of work­shops at Kar­ratha’s eS­mart li­brary this month.

The pro­gram saw young­sters learn­ing about tech­nol­ogy by play­ing with it, with an aim to boost tech­nol­ogy and dig­i­tal abil­i­ties in young peo­ple liv­ing in re­gional ar­eas.

Tel­stra gave a “Maker Party in a Box” to the li­brary, which in­cludes Lit­tle Bits dig­i­tal inventor kits, Sphero ro­bots, mBot ro­bots and Makey Makey kits — which chil­dren will use to cre­ate dig­i­tal pi­anos out of ba­nanas.

Tel­stra area gen­eral man­ager Boyd Brown said the work­shops were about arm­ing lo­cal kids with the skills they needed for the jobs of the fu­ture.

“Around one mil­lion na­tional jobs in man­u­fac­tur­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tion and labour­ing that ex­isted 25 years ago are no longer part of our work­force,” he said.

“Tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion are a cen­tral part of Aus­tralia’s fu­ture, and this pro­gram is about build­ing these abil­i­ties in our lo­cal young peo­ple — we want Kar­ratha’s kids to catch the dig­i­tal bug. They’ll be learn­ing es­sen­tial dig­i­tal skills and hav­ing a blast while do­ing it.”

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the work­shops built science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, arts and math­e­mat­ics skills.

“I can’t wait to see young peo­ple us­ing com­puter code and learn­ing about elec­tri­cal cir­cuits us­ing play­dough and sen­sors,” he said.

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