SLQ has started a coding & robotics discussion list to support libraries to share ideas and resources. Members receive regular updates about new gadgets, innovative program ideas and quick tips for engaging communities through technology.
The term coding and robotics has become a buzz phrase for schools, libraries and other education-focused community organisations. Learning how to code is now part of the national curriculum for schools, and there are win-win benefits for libraries and schools to work together on digital inclusion activities.
While students have the opportunity to learn about technology through their coursework, parents, grandparents and other community members may be relying on Google to answer all of their tech questions and may feel like they’re being left out of the tech revolution. Libraries are ideally placed to get the whole community involved in learning about the latest innovations and technologies that enrich our lives and make routine tasks easier.
Some libraries have fully embraced digital inclusion programming and offer a wide range of STEAM* activities while others are working together with community organisations and running activities outside library walls. A few libraries are using the NAO humanoid robot to wow patrons and encourage learning to code.
SLQ also has a discussion list for anyone currently using or interested in NAO. The list is especially for libraries, schools, universities and anyone else who’s experienced the opportunities, fun and challenges of using NAO.
Members of all SLQ discussion lists are able to access the message archive at any time to make sure they haven’t missed out on anything, and are encouraged to contribute to the discussion.
*STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts & math