Robotic insects help Merriwa PS students get head start on digital technology


Pre-primary students Indie McLellan, Ameeliah Henry and Nyalia Ruot. Picutre: Martin Kennealey d473037
Pre-primary students Indie McLellan, Ameeliah Henry and Nyalia Ruot. Picutre: Martin Kennealey d473037

ROBOTIC bees and caterpillars are helping Merriwa Primary School get a head start on computer coding before the national curriculum for digital technologies starts in 2018.

The school is introducing the coding and robotics classes to early year groups, including pre-primary students, to prepare them for next year.

“The curriculum incorporates the initial stages of coding which will teach children how to create programs for digital devices when they enter the workforce in 20 years’ time,” computer specialist Andrew Bownes said.

“Our little pre-primary children are currently learning the fundamentals of coding using apps on the iPads and small robots called ‘BeeBots’.”

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