Bayswater’s future gets coded in robotics


Oscar Cox (10), Ethan Chen (8), Adrian Chen (10) and Cory Fletcher (science communicator at Scitech) at the robotics workshop at Bayswater Library. Picture: David Baylis
Oscar Cox (10), Ethan Chen (8), Adrian Chen (10) and Cory Fletcher (science communicator at Scitech) at the robotics workshop at Bayswater Library. Picture: David Baylis

BAYSWATER caught a glimpse of the next generation of young technology stars at a robotics and coding workshop held last week.

Bayswater Library hosted more than 20 children aged 10 and older for Scitech’s EV3 Lego Robotics workshop during the school holidays.

The children assembled robotic cars using wires and plugs and then on laptops strung together code that directed the robotic cars to zoom around and bark like a dog.

The robotic cars performed these tasks on a play mat with the terrain of Mars marked on it, like NASA’s Mars Rover.

Scitech science communicator Corey Fletcher said the workshop aimed to increase awareness, engagement and interest in robotics.

He said the students showed a high level of problem solving and learnt “mathematics by stealth.”

Mayor Barry McKenna said children at this age had no inhibitions and were willing and eager to embrace new technology.

“Coding and robotics have a major role to play in the future of education,” he said.

“Touted as an emerging career path, many schools are including the subject in their curriculum from a primary level.”