Southwest Robot Roadshow

Libraries across southwest Queensland came face to face with the latest technologies in February to engage their communities through programming robots and coding.  The Robot Roadshow, supported by SLQ in partnership with Regional Development Australia, visited Charleville, Cunnamulla, Thargomindah and Quilpie libraries and engaged over 500 library staff, teachers, students and community members.

Male student uses a laptop to program a robot

The Robot Roadshow introduced students to coding for the first time.

Technologies featured as part of the Robot Roadshow included Blue-Bot, Ozobot, Skoog, 3Doodler, Sphero, Makeblock, EZRobot, NAO, and HTC Vive virtual reality.  First, library staff and teachers got hands-on and explored the technologies before students and community members were invited to get up close and personal with each of the gadgets.


Library staff assemble robots

Library staff explored a range of technologies suitable for all ages.

“This is definitely something I will be doing more of,” said Irene Woods of Thargomindah Library.

Incorporating coding and robotics activities into library services supports the coursework that students will be undertaking as part of the national curriculum.  By providing access to technology through libraries, students are able to explore robotics creatively without a predetermined outcome.

“I love the robots!” proclaimed Mystique of Eulo State School.

Libraries are encouraged to have a range of technologies available for learners of all ages and types, from easy-to-use Blue-bots and Ozobots to more advanced robotics like EZRobot and Makeblock.