Toowoomba Regional Libraries recently secured a Queensland Government Engaging Science Grant allowing Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) to partner with science educator STEMPunks to deliver free drone education workshops across the region.
The grant for $9817 is part of the Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants program and will be used for a Drone Coding project.
Libraries and Cultural Services portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said the grant will allow TRC to deliver workshops that educate the community on the importance of this emerging technology.
“This grant provides such a fantastic opportunity for our community to learn about a technology that will be used universally in the not so distant future, Cr Ramia said.
“Toowoomba Regional Libraries will hold free children’s educational holiday programs across the region’s eleven libraries in September holidays this year.
“Young people will learn how drones can be programmed and will explore the physics of multi-rotor flight.
“Using drones is a great way to show children the real-world application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“The STEMPunks program is not just about providing knowledge, it’s also about encouraging children’s curiosity and their problem-solving skills.
“Young people will get the chance to apply what they learn at the workshops to complete a drone search-and-rescue mission, which will be a lot of fun.”
“The Engaging Science Grant will also provide Toowoomba Region Libraries and STEMPunks the opportunity to deliver a Teacher Professional Development program later this year, where teachers will learn how drones can be used to teach science, technology, engineering and maths.
“The Teacher Professional Development program will review current drone platforms and equip staff with the tools to start implementing drone STEM programs in their schools,” Cr Ramia said.
“It’s very important that we equip our youth for an economy where robotics, artificial intelligence and the internet-of-things are coming more to the fore – and that starts with our teachers.”
“Certificates of achievement will be presented upon completion of the PD program.
The workshops will be held at eleven libraries across the region from the 24th to the 28th September 2018 and the Teacher Professional Development program will be held at Toowoomba City Library on the 22 October 2018.
For more information about what’s on in our region’s libraries, visit http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/libraries/libraryprograms/12046-libraryevents.
Caption: Michael Holmstrom, Director - STEMPunks, Minister Hon Leanne Enoch, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts, Cr Joe Ramia, Portfolio Leader - Environment and Community