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Tom and Luke from Eureka Public School demonstrate how they programmed a Lego robot. Photo supplied

Students at Eureka Public School are getting new insights into what Science, Technology Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) mean in everyday life through a new program.

The STEM SHARE initiative is a Department of Education program that gives public school students the opportunity to understand STEM concepts in an integrated but highly practical and involving way.

Eureka Public School has been allocated the incredible Tablet Robotics Kit. The kids were super excited to open the huge flight cases and discover what was inside. They had Lego Wedo sets, Dot and Dash Robots, Blue Bots and Ipads for coding.

The Junior class have been learning how to create an algorithm to code the Blue Bots. It’s been challenging making the code to follow specific routes and the students have gained knowledge that unless they are 100% accurate in their algorithm then their Blue Bot will not work. The next part of their process will be to code the Blue Bots around a map.

Senior Students are exploring Bush Fires through the platform of Lego Wedos. They have designed and constructed a robot that can navigate the terrain of the Aussie bush, transport personnel and essential items, and clear fire fuel away from the danger zone. This connection between real world robot usage and classroom design and process has been invaluable.

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