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Whitsunday Regional Libraries is participating in the FIRST LEGO League program, an international robotics tournament for upper-primary and lower-secondary school students.
After a series of workshops over the past month at all regional Libraries, the final workshop took place last Saturday at Cannonvale.
To celebrate the achievements of the children who participated in the program, Whitsunday Regional Council is holding a community event this Saturday 18 March at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
During the workshops, the students were asked to program a robot which competes to solve a set of missions by moving, recognising and picking up obstacles, while also coming up with a solution to a modern problem in science and engineering.
To view the results of the tournament and see the prize presentation, come along on Saturday and marvel at the level of robotics and coding skills demonstrated by the school-age participants.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox was impressed with the outstanding interest and capability of the students shown during the workshops.
“This is a fantastic program to introduce kids to science and technology in a fun, team-orientated environment,” he said today.
“Not only are they learning about robotics and science, but they are asked to experience all the steps of a real product development process, including being under pressure to complete the program within a timeframe.”
“The kids have had a truly unique experience through the project, and will take away skills that will last a lifetime.”
Whitsunday Regional Libraries received funding from the State Library of Queensland last year to hold the FIRST LEGO League program in the Whitsundays.
To find out more, visit the Council website at http://www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/