Kids get into science and technology in Salisbury

Released on 06 September 2017
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Kids and families are loving the different science and technology activities happening in our libraries and community centres. 

Getting kids into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) is becoming more important, especially for developing skills that may be used in future jobs. To get behind this focus in schools, libraries and community centres have been running a variety of STEM-based activities to help kids learn in a fun and inviting environment. 

Here’s a little bit about what we’ve been up to!

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The fortnightly “Bricks and Bots” session at the Len Beadell Library is a chance for kids to drop-in to a casual play environment where kids can test out their engineering skills with LEGO bricks and also try programming robots. 

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At the Mawson Centre, the “Mindstorms at Mawson” five-week course is popular with kids aged 10+ where they get to learn how to program robots and use sensors to interact with their surroundings

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For National Science Week, Salisbury East Community Centre organised events where kids as young as two years old could learn about programming and playing with a variety of different robots including Edisons, Dash and Dot, Cubetto and Code-a-pillars.

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During Adult Learners Week, parents and carers had a chance to learn about coding and trying their hand at different coding apps.

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School holidays and other regular programs such as Read Play Learn at the Len Beadell and Salisbury West Libraries are also getting in on the science action!

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For active kids who want to try things out at home, there are plenty of books available through City of Salisbury libraries to be borrowed or put on hold, filled with interesting facts and fun experiments. Don’t forget, you can have any book from a South Australian public library delivered to the closest library to you for free! Visit one of our five library branches or head over to the online catalogue to see what’s available.

To find out what’s on in the City of Salisbury Libraries and Community Centres, see our section on the City of Salisbury website or our page on Eventbrite.