Thanks to a Realising Our Potential Micro Grant, Bundaberg Regional Libraries has started an Internet of Things Club that is engaging the community and opening up the library as a place where digital literacy is fostered.
Building the digital skills of the community has become the new norm in libraries and helps them stay relevant. The club incorporates the use of micro:bit (which is a handheld, programmable micro-computer), 3D printing, computer-aided design, electronics and coding.
Members construct projects that educate users in digital literacies as well as cognitive abilities. Individuals need to thrive in a complicated world, so critical thinking and finding new perspectives for learning can create essential elements for creative problem solving.
You don’t have to be an expert to be in the Internet of Things Club, but you might find you become a lifelong learner!
About the author
Stephen Harris is the Information Services Librarian at Bundaberg Regional Libraries. He enjoys working in digital inclusion due to its complex and multi-faceted nature.