Goulburn Valley students had a rare opportunity yesterday.ESTELLE GRIEPINK April 3, 2014 6:23am
Tinkering with technology: Mooroopna Secondary College pair Zane Howell-Sanders, 12, Zayne Gilbert, 11, at yesterday's Google robotics workshop in Shepparton.
A dream job at the famed Google headquarters is a little more attainable for a group of Goulburn Valley Indigenous students.
This is after they were offered the rare chance to meet with representatives from the tech giant.
Rumbalara Football Netball Club and Google Australia hosted a robotics workshop in Shepparton yesterday to encourage students to think about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. The University of Melbourne and its Shepparton Academy of Sport, Health and Education facilitated the pilot program.
The students from Wanganui Park Secondary College, Mooroopna Secondary College, Shepparton High School and Notre Dame College’s McAuley Champagnat Programme were given the materials to build their own robots from scratch.
The aspiring tech whizzes programmed the robots themselves and took them for a spin through a series of mazes.
Notre Dame College McAuley Champagnat Programme participant Will Newling said he was surprised at his own abilities.
‘‘I didn’t think I’d be able to program,’’ Will, 15, said.
‘‘It’s so cool that Google has come here, it’s awesome.’’
Fellow participant Tyrone Wandin said working with the robots had opened his eyes to different career options.
‘‘I want to do something with football, but somewhere down the track I might do something with science and computers,’’ Tyrone, 16, said.
‘‘It’s been really fun today, making them turn left and right, I’ve enjoyed it.’’
Rumbalara Football Netball Club president Paul Briggs described the workshop as ‘‘an introductory handshake with Google.’’
‘‘We’re looking at the capacity to take it beyond the club, out into the mainstream education pathways in the Goulburn Valley area,’’ Mr Briggs said.
‘‘It’s really exciting to have the conversation about young Aboriginal people considering opportunities in engineering and robotics at such an early age.’’
Google engineering community and outreach manager Sally-Ann Williams said the tech giant wanted to raise awareness about the importance of digital skills.
‘‘We know that every single career in the future is going to have a computer science basis to it, be it music, art, radio, anything, there’s just a real demand for digital skills,’’ Ms Williams said. ‘‘We wanted to come up to Shepparton and help build some programs with the local community so we can get these kids excited and thinking about what their careers can be in this space.’’
ASHE manager Leonie Dwyer said she was pleased to see the students enjoying themselves while learning about technology.
‘‘To have a connection to Google is just awesome — and the kids are feeling inspired and really proud of themselves,’’ Ms Dwyer said.
Shepparton police pursued two youths on foot near Waters Rd this afternoon.
The Mulwala Lions took a huge step forward in the race for the Murray League title with a hard fought, low scoring, 15 point win, against the fancied Barooga outfit, in near perfect conditions at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
Chelsea Campbell is excited with her new business venture, after purchasing Carol Taylor’s hairdressing salon in Hogan St.
THE Echuca-Moama Country Music Festival will kick off next week at Moama RSL with three days of entertainment under the one roof.
NATIONAL tree day came early for Rochester Secondary College with 16 students planting 350 trees in little more than an hour on Thursday.
Goulburn Valley Water, in consultation with the Department of Health & Human Services, has lifted the Boil Water Notice for the township of Tongala.
Australian Army Cadets unit keeps winning awards.
Finley's well-respected Gordon Pyle will be remembered by the Southern Riverina community
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Dozens of birds of all shapes and sizes flew the coop as Cobram hosted its inaugural poultry auction last Sunday.
Neil Buckley has been inducted as president of the Deniliquin Lions for the next 12 months.
Superior Seed Co ran a successful Winter Cropping Field Day at Deniliquin last week.
The Benalla Giants came out winners in both the under-14s and under-16s against the Benalla Bulldogs on the weekend.
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