Tannum Sands State High school year 12 students Alex Day, 17, and Tom McLean,16, were tasked with programming a robot in their engineering technology subject.
Tannum Sands State High school year 12 students Alex Day, 17, and Tom McLean,16, were tasked with programming a robot in their engineering technology subject. Mike Richards GLA180515RBOT

PHOTOS: Robots raid our schools

THERE was no hand-holding at Tannum Sands State High's engineering technology class, as robotics expert Damien Kee tested students' ability to program robots.

Dr Kee runs workshops extensively through Queensland and around the world.

He visited Tannum High, Gladstone State High, Toolooa State High and Chanel College senior students last week, teaching them how to use the engineering computer program, RobotC.

Mr Kee showed an example on the board and then challenged the students to modify the change on their robot.

"We've never done this before," Tannum Sands year 12 student Josh Watson said.

"We made it drive forward for one second and now we are trying to make turns over time.

"At the moment it just goes forward and spins. We are trying to stop it by putting the motors down and stopping it at 180 degrees."

Partner Brock Marchel said the workshop was challenging but fun at the same time.

"It's good because it helps us to figure stuff out on our own," he said.

"It's cool that we can make it do what we want it to do.

"It's like learning a new language, everything has codes."

Dr Kee said learning to solve problems with robots was a good skill to have for fixing challenges in other areas.

"Today we are teaching programming through the use of robots," he said.

"It makes it a lot more fun. I like how engaging it is and how the kids figure it out themselves."

Dr Kee said robotics was fast becoming popular in schools across the board.

"Robots are becoming more important and we are starting kids out at prep with it," he said.



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