Robots Take Over Parramatta!

Published 26 January 2016

In 2015, Parramatta FutureCampus has had the pleasure of hosting a weekly CoderDojo at our facility. The 17 kids, and their parents, who attended recently had a fantastic time building Mindstorm robots and programming them, and the resulting Sumo comp was, we heard, very exciting! FutureCampus has been thrilled by the high attendance numbers and the chance to provide future students with the chance to explore the fascinating world of Computer Science and programming.

CD9CoderDojo is a free computer programming mentor opportunity for young people aged 7 – 17 in Western Sydney, where volunteers teach willing and eager participants how to code, develop websites and apps, program games and explore technology in a fun, informal environment. This term they focused on the very popular Mindcraft as well as Scratch and Javascript. Parents accompany their children, who bring their own laptops, and it appears, have just as much fun! They ran an ‘Hour of Code’ workshop, and all participants received a certificate.‘Hour of Code’ is a global movement in celebration of Computer Science week in December each year, and aims to demystify computers by developing and nurturing problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.

The workshop was also attended by ‘Robogals’ from UNSW, an international, not-for-profit, student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in Engineering, Science and Technology through fun and educational initiatives such as this workshop. While Robogals primarily aims at increasing female student numbers in STEM studies, they certainly found all the participants were ‘creatively inquisitive’.

As you can see from the photos, the event was fun, educational and a great example of FutureCampus working with our community to lead the way forward in education and learning.

Stay tuned for the next time Robots take over!