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Published on 3 June 2012

3 June 2012

Robots programmed via laptop instead of remote control will inspire the next generation of scientists when 236 school children attend an expo at the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow (Monday 4 June) and Tuesday.

Workshops in Lego NXT Robotics will be held for all Year 5 and Year 8 students on both days of the SEEC (Science and Engineering Education Centre) 2012 Science, Engineering and Technology Expo.

“The students will learn how to use the software to program robots which have different sensors for sound and motion,” said USC Science Education Project Officer Marina Fitzpatrick.

“The robot will be programmed to do the Mexican wave to the students’ hand claps – it’s sure to be popular.”

Ms Fitzpatrick said the fifth annual expo at USC was an initiative of the University and Education Queensland to optimise science exposure for students with a passion for the subject.

Children have been selected from 26 schools across the region to attend the Sippy Downs campus science laboratories (Building H) for a range of fun, hands-on workshops conducted by the CSIRO.

While some will be sorting DNA samples using electric current in a plastic dish of gel, others will be investigating the cause of food poisoning at a hypothetical wedding.

More than 100 Year 5s will be on campus tomorrow, Monday, for workshops in Cool Chemistry, Energy and Electronics, Crimebusters and Robotics NXT.

More than 130 Year 8s will visit on Tuesday for Apprentice Scientist, Food Technology, DNA to the MAX and Robotics NXT workshops.

Julie Schomberg

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