Coast libraries to secure $10k for robotics programs

FRASER Coast residents can access free coding and robotics activities at Maryborough and Hervey Bay libraries thanks to about $10,000 received through a State Library of Queensland (SLQ) grants program.

Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said the initiative will expand the reach of existing coding and robotics programs that have been very popular across the state.

"Increasing access to these programs will help improve digital literacy among Queenslanders - something that is crucial to the future prosperity of Queensland," she said.

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said the funding was an important investment in the region, ensuring local residents could feel confident taking part in the digital economy.

"We are seeing a clear shift in the economy from the resources sector towards a knowledge-based economy," he said.

"Digital technology is going to play a huge role in this change and for the local community to develop coding and robotics skills will help them be the creators and drivers of new technology rather than simply being consumers."

Fraser Coast mayor Chris Loft said the initiative would introduce residents of all ages to new technologies using a fun and learn-through-play approach.

"With these funds we'll be able to offer more technology based classes for a wide range of groups including youth, parents, children and people with a disability," he said.

"Our aim is to connect people who would not normally have access to advanced technology with the latest coding and robotics resources.

Free programs will introduce Ozobots, used to teach the basics of coding and LEGO Mindstorms used to take programming to a more advanced level. Other programs will also introduce animation apps and creating wearable tech.

For bookings and information on upcoming activities, contact the council on 1300 794 929.



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