More than 300 kids and parents gathered in Sydney last month to check out the latest in robotics, 3D printers, electronics and computer programming. We wanted to find out what they thought, so we sent our own Doug MacDougall down to find out what Australia’s future thinks of today’s tech.
The latest in technology adorned the space at Sydney’s Customs House, as kids aged 6-12 flocked into Code Club’s very first ‘Kid Inventors Day’ by the harbour.
The day was about creating and exploring emerging digital technologies, and showing that world class technology isn’t just for a small few, it’s for everyone.
With exhibits from Universities, Microsoft, IBM and the CSIRO and more, kids and parents had the opportunity to engage with emerging technologies and the experts that are bringing them to life.
“We support young people to thrive in a digital world,” said Telstra Foundation Manager, Jackie Coates.
It’s important for kids to have opportunities to create and engage with technology to build their digital citizenship and digital making skills. These skills are critical as the world gets more digitised the demand for coding talent increases.”
Presented by Code Club and supported by the Telstra Foundation, Kid Inventors Day was the first event of its kind in Australia, providing an immersive expo space where kids tried their hand at computer programming, electronics, robotics and more.
Code Club Australia aims to give every child in Australia the chance to learn to code by providing free project materials and free training support to teachers and volunteers. Code Club Australia is now a 350+ strong network of schools, libraries and community centres offering coding to Australian children aged 8-11.