The future of technology arrives in Roma

THE FUTURE: Hunter Burey, Adhitya Nattuvetty and Aarav Nattuvetty play with their robots.
THE FUTURE: Hunter Burey, Adhitya Nattuvetty and Aarav Nattuvetty play with their robots. Rory Hession

IT WAS all glittering lights and flashy tech on Thursday when the Robotics Roadshow came to Roma.

The State Library of Queensland has partnered with Regional Development Australia to pilot a grant program for councils in south-west Queensland to purchase and deliver programming in coding and robotics.

Children and teachers from Goondiwindi to Charleville, St George, Dalby and Roma all had an opportunity to sit down and play with a variety of new technology from super computers to a $20,000 talking robot.

Balonne Shire Deputy Mayor Fiona Gaske said the technology workshop was a vitally important component of the children's education, and they had a fabulous time.

"It was really great to see the state library come out and provide that entree` into robotics and commun- ications,” Cr Gaske said.

"It provides an occasion for everyone to experience what the future national curriculum may contain and actually see how these new technologies work.”

Cr Gaske said it was relatively rare for regional students to get their hands on state-of-the-art technologies and this had to change.

"Our children really shouldn't have to miss out on new technologies that metropolitan students are exposed to far more often,” she said.

"We had 415 children attend the workshop and this is a testament to just how much interest there is in regional areas.”

Cr Gaske said the workshop also had demonstrations for the teachers to show them how to use the new technology.

"It's amazing how quickly the students pick up the technology and use the the skills,” she said. "Most often this is far quicker than teachers.

"Teachers need to feel confident enough to pick up the technology immediately and know how to use it, so the workshop has been a great experience for them.”

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