Young visitors to the Royal Melbourne Show testing out robots from Scienceworks.
Source: Museum Victoria
This year Scienceworks participated in two stands in the Fast Forward Government pavilion at the Royal Melbourne Show.
At the Arts Victoria stand, Scienceworks provided both a static display on “Maths throughout the ages” and an interactive display with two maths puzzles for visitors to solve.
At the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development stand, Scienceworks ran robotics programming workshops. Children and their parents experimented with what the robots could sense, and then programmed them to perform simple tasks. Since robots can only do what they are told participants learned about the logic of programming. The program gave children a chance to explore the similarity and differences between robot sensors and human senses.
The workshops gave show-goers a sneak peek at Scienceworks’ new education program, Robot Reboot, which will be available to primary and secondary school groups during November and December. The Robot Reboot program will be set up and run in a purpose-built area of the new exhibition, Measure Island, which opens at the end of October.
Over the course of the show around 700 people stopped by to see the program, many not having had the opportunity to explore the use of robots before. Included in the visitors to experience programming a robot was Premier John Brumby. The best quote of all came from a beaming young girl after experimenting with our robots - “I love robots now, they’re so cool!”
A fun and exhausting time was had by all staff attending!