Primary school kids learn about robotics and love it

GREAT DAY: Harry Thorpe, Archie Williams, Declan Prior, Caleb Cunning and Majd Elkheir, from Stannies, and Jade Turner, Taylor Kleinschafer and Katherine Blackburn.

GREAT DAY: Harry Thorpe, Archie Williams, Declan Prior, Caleb Cunning and Majd Elkheir, from Stannies, and Jade Turner, Taylor Kleinschafer and Katherine Blackburn.

THE battle lines were drawn and robots were ready to fight.

This was just part of the fun of a robotics tour currently underway at primary schools in Bathurst.

Year 10 students at St Stanislaus’ College were at Holy Family School on Friday, working with students in Years 5 and 6 and introducing them to robotics.

Shane Thurston, head teacher of TAS and computers at Stannies, said it was the first time the workshops had been held at a primary school level.

He said the idea was to introduce robotics at an earlier level, and garner an interest in the students. He said learning robotics was great for problem solving as the students learn about making programs and coding.

During the workshops, which were led by the Year 10 Stannies boys, students were able to program robots to dance, battle and also complete a line following where they had to follow a track.

Mr Thurston said Stannies hope to take the the robotics tour to other Catholic primary school in the city including the Assumption, Cathedral and St Phil's.

He said the primary school students really loved the workshops.

“You can hear them yelling and laughing, and pulling their hair out in frustration when the robot isn’t doing what it should,” he laughed.

“But they are really enjoying it.”

Katherine Blackburn from Holy Family School said it was fun getting the robots to try and destroy one another.

“They could do really cool tricks,” she said.

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