Lab gives insight to tech of the future

Sam JonesNorth West Telegraph
Tommy Hallum proudly displays his M-Bot, which he coded to act like an ambulance
Camera IconTommy Hallum proudly displays his M-Bot, which he coded to act like an ambulance

Rapping robots, bins able to take themselves out, drones used for search and rescue missions and virtual reality rooftop walks were all part of a technology showcase for Pilbara students recently.

Scitech’s Labs on Legs gave a glimpse into the technological landscape of the future, travelling around Newman and Hedland primary schools, demonstrating the tech on-track to join the workforce at the same time as the students themselves.

Using Scratch, a free online program language designed as an easy introduction to coding, students were given the opportunity to use their problem-solving skills to solve challenges.

Tasked with coding a robotic vehicle to act like an ambulance — students had their robot proceed to a location, turn around and come back to the start, all while flashing emergency lights.

Caylum Todd admires a drone sent to 'rescue' him
Camera IconCaylum Todd admires a drone sent to 'rescue' him

Scitech chief executive Kalien Selby said the initiative demystifies tech by making cutting-edge examples accessible for learning. .

“Technology is advancing at a rapid rate, and it’s important for students to understand how these changes will affect their future.”

The show and workshops aim to give local students a better understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths — to enable them to stay and work in their own communities.

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