Primary and secondary students in Onslow explored the world of robotics this year, developing coding and digital literacy skills in a Scitech robotics program backed by Chevron Australia.
Scitech have been working with Onslow Primary School since term two this year, introducing students and teachers to Scratch coding and using mBots to give a real-world understanding of how technology will change jobs (and the world) in the near future.
“With millions of Australian jobs and entire new industries predicted to appear as a result of technology in the next two decades, we need to ensure the children of today have the skills they will need for tomorrow,” said Scitech special projects coordinator Saskia Scott.
“Being digitally literate enables them to become creators of the technology that is now part of their lives instead of just consumers of it.
“Our State’s economic and social success will depend on having a workforce that can compete globally in an environment where technology is overcoming geographic boundaries,” she said.
To celebrate the student’s achievements so far, Scitech and the school organised a social Robot Roundup last month which was attended by around 40 people including students, parents, teachers, and community members. In groups, the students programmed their robot to move in coded coordinates, use the on-board ultrasonic sensors, flash different coloured LEDs, and play sounds.
All of these skills are taught using Scratch coding, with the students entering each individual command and value for the action they want their robot to complete.
Scitech and Chevron Australia have been partners in delivering inspiring education program across the state for 10 years. This includes Beyond the Beaker, the Pilbara Teacher Support programs, and the Onslow robotics program.