Newcastle Region Library and Hunter TAFE have teamed up again to introduce young people to the world of electronics, coding, robotics and advanced manufacturing in a free short course called Bots in the Books.
The program, funded through a Port Waratah community grant, supports Newcastle City Council’s mission to become a smart, liveable and sustainable city with a culture that supports and encourages innovation and creativity at all levels.
“Our collaboration with Hunter TAFE embraces this vision by showcasing the region’s advanced manufacturing sector and providing inspiration for young people to consider this field as a career path,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
“After a booked-out first round, we are excited to present a second round to encourage even more interest among youths.”
David Leask, Head Teacher overseeing Electronics, Advanced Manufacturing and the Associate Degree of Applied Engineering (Renewable Energy Technologies) at Hunter TAFE, said the program provides participants with a chance to experience what it’s like to be involved in a technical and industrially relevant short course.
“The Hunter Region’s advanced manufacturing sector is experiencing growth in many areas of innovation,” Leask said.
“These include unmanned aerial vehicles, water-borne drones, 3D printing, circuit board prototyping, electric vehicles, autonomous machines, robotics and some amazing examples of process control and automated systems.
“As such our region is primed for incubating employment opportunities for young people in these technologically advanced areas.”
This fun and engaging program will re-inforce the importance of providing young people interested in technology-based careers with basic skills in science, technology, engineering and maths.
For course details and bookings visit http://newcastle.nsw.gov.au/Library/What-s-On/Bots-in-the-Books