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Is Bob (not Fred) the robot of the future?

Technology For Kids

Posted on April 20, 2017

2 min read

Butchers paper, check. A rainbow of coloured textas, check. 4” tall tech-inventors, double check.

We asked 18 kids from Carlton North Primary School to design the robots of the future.

What they imagined, put simply, knocked the smartphones out of our hands.

A medical robot with defibrillator hands to restart failing hearts. A turtle-shaped robot that cleans oceans as it glides on top of waves and into the depth of the sea. And a robot designed with painstaking precision for kids with disabilities – a hairbrush for one hand, a toothbrush for another, and a belly that shoots hamburgers into your mouth. Perfect. Where can we order one?

At Telstra, we want to inspire young people to be more curious about the digital world and their potential to shape it. Having digital skills and access to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) based learning at an early age is key to this. That’s why we encourage Telstra Kids applications for digital projects – we want young people to thrive in the digital world.

Recently, five Telstra employees have given STEAM education a big boost in their local community by securing $6,000 in Telstra Kids grants for Carlton North primary school’s new STEAM program. Funding that Principal Rachel Corben says will go to purchasing state-of-art technology equipment to ensure her students become creators of digital technology, not just consumers.

Congratulations also to the 450+ Telstra employees who secured Telstra Kids grants for their school or community group this month – sharing in $500,000 of funding. Powered by the Telstra Foundation, Telstra Kids gives a million dollars in grants to local community groups that help kids to play and learn – from digital making activities to cyber-safety programs. We’ve seen a big increase this year in digital projects focused on building STEAM skills for kids – just like Carlton North. In the past 15 years, Telstra Kids has invested more than $10 million into 8,000 projects across Australia.

Learn more about Telstra Kids here.

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Project Rockit: A student favourite for antibullying programs

Telstra Foundation

Posted on September 14, 2015

2 min read

In May this year we announced that the Telstra Kids Fund had invested $200,000 in regional digital inclusion grants – to help kids get online, build their digital literacy and to promote cyber safety.

Last week was e-Smart week, so it was timely that the Tasmanian grant recipients realised their ambition to introduce the online anti-bullying champions, Project Rockit, to their students.

Clarence High School, Austins Ferry Primary School, Taroona Primary School and Clarendon Vale Primary School shared the $10,000 grant to fund PROJECT ROCKIT workshops for more than 300 students. PROJECT ROCKIT has worked with more than 100,000 school students to address bullying, particularly cyberbullying, by presenting strategies and real life scenarios.

Bullying remains a huge issue affecting young Australians – almost one third of young people report being bullied every few weeks. With the rapid growth in use of digital technology and social media, bullying occurs around the clock and is often suffered in silence.

PROJECT ROCKIT are really proud of their reputation as a student ‘fave’ for school antibullying programs. They built on that reputation this week by wowing students and soliciting feedback like this from their audience:


This student went on to say that they expected the training to be run by ‘people in suits’. Here’s another key strength of PROJECT ROCKIT: they’re youth led. Young people educating young people – no lectures from the suits!

With the support of the Telstra Foundation Project Rockit is now taking its program online and are about to launch their digital classroom. The online curriculum provides young people with credible, high impact and ‘cool’ anti-bullying development – accessible anywhere with an internet connection, anytime. For more information on the Telstra Foundation’s partnership with PROJECT ROCKIT (and other partners) visit us here.

Since 2002, Telstra Kids has contributed more than $9.5 million to more than 8,400 community projects for kids. Enabled by Telstra employees across the country, Telstra Kids grants support grassroots community programs that help kids play and learn. The new $10,000 digital inclusion grants for regional schools have been selected by the Telstra Foundation and local Telstra teams, to help bridge the digital divide and deliver better outcomes for Australian kids.

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