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March 19, 2017

A free, four-week beginners robotics program for children will begin at Seymour Library in May, where they will learn the ins-and-outs of robotics.

It’s hard to believe, but a large portion of the future jobs of today’s children haven’t even been invented yet.

That’s why programs such as Edison Robotics at Mitchell Shire libraries could be so invaluable.

As part of the libraries’ focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), children aged above eight can take part in a free four-week beginners program to learn the ins and outs of robotics.

The pint-sized robots are sound-activated and can be programmed to detect obstacles and commanded to follow light.

In weeks one and two, children will learn infrared barcode scanning and how to navigate their robots around a maze, before delving into coding in weeks three and four.

Participants will graduate with a robotics and coding certificate.

Classes will run at Seymour Library from May 30 and at Broadford from May 2, but places are filling fast.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the program would benefit children into the future.

‘‘Technology is progressing at such a rapid rate and plays a big part in many industries, so it’s vital our children get a grasp on things like robotics from an early age,’’ Cr Sanderson said.

‘‘These workshops are hands-on and participants will learn so many new skills that they can take back to school, and one day into the workforce.’’

Cr Sanderson said the library was the perfect place to hold tech-savvy robotics classes.

‘‘Modern libraries are much more than borrowing books. Mitchell Shire libraries are places of learning and innovation,’’ she said.

●For bookings or to register interest, phone 57346200 or email [email protected]

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