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Published Wednesday 20 February 2019
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Libraries offering coding experience

Learning how to operate, build and code robots might sound like nothing more than a pipe dream, but thanks to an innovative program, Mitchell Shire residents are doing just that.

Mitchell Shire’s Robotics Community Program provides participants with the chance to learn about what goes into creating a robot and how technology can change the world. The program, offered through Mitchell Shire libraries, is multigenerational and another example of how libraries are changing lives in Mitchell.

The aim of the program is to promote learning and over a four-week period, participants learn new, technologically-based skills while interacting with like-minded people. The course runs for four hours, or a one-hour session across four weeks, and offers beginner and intermediate courses.

The program was recently nominated as a finalist in the LGPro Awards for Excellence in the Service Delivery Initiative section.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm said the robotics program was just another good example of the work libraries put in behind the scenes.

“Mitchell Shire libraries have continued to lead the way in adapting to innovation and providing people the tools to further their development. The robotics program is a good example of this and has been very successful,” he said.

“It is great to see so many residents enjoying this kind of program. Providing opportunities for all to learn new skills is crucial to maintain a healthy community.”

Mitchell Shire Senior Librarian Tanya Begley said the LGPro award nomination was an outstanding achievement for all those involved in the program.

“Libraries play an important role in maintaining healthy communities and are a safe and welcoming space for people who are vulnerable or disengaged. Our robotics program is about encouraging all people of all ages to try something new,” she said.

“We created this program to assist our residents to upskill. Libraries have become a community hub of knowledge and we are so honoured to be able to facilitate that.”

For more information, visit www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au today.