Coast libraries a hub for innovation
  • Thursday 30 June 2016
ImageDeveloping skills in coding and robotics are part of a growing global trend and thanks to a $10,000 State Government grant Sunshine Coast Council’s libraries is getting on board.

Over the next 12 months, the Library Service will deliver activities across the region to help improve digital literacy.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Libraries was one of 33 councils across the State to receive the funding through the State Library of Queensland.

“This funding will enhance our library service’s role as a free community hub for digital engagement, exploration and skill development,” Cr McKay said.

‘It means our libraries will be able to provide more activities and workshops for community members interested in learning about programming and coding.

“Many people in our community, including children, young people, families and seniors, are keen to keep up-to-date with these developing technologies.

“The skills learnt in these areas support creativity, critical and design thinking, and help develop innovative and entrepreneurial thinking.

“The grant will be used to buy a range of Arduinos and lap tops that will be used in beginner and introductory sessions.

“Arduinos are a revolutionary way of getting started in the world of programming. Interestingly both the software and hardware are easy to learn which has led to a large community of users.

“Young people at school are being introduced to these concepts from an early age and we want to make sure every age group has an avenue for keeping up with this technology.

“Our libraries are now developing a range of programs which will be rolled out at Sunshine Coast Libraries over the next twelve months.

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