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.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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