Workshops boost kids’ digital skills
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.