Tech focus for new partnership between Newcastle Libraries and Hunter TAFE

19 Jan 2016

Newcastle Region Libraries and Hunter TAFE have teamed up to introduce young people to the world of electronics, coding, robotics and advanced manufacturing with the first short course in the series of Bots in the Books wrapping up last week at the 'Mad Science Theatrette' at Newcastle's City Library in Laman Street.
 
Library Manager SUZIE GATELY says our vision for Newcastle in 2030 is to be a smart, liveable and 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."
 
"This is also on the agenda at a national level with the Australian Government announcing the National Innovation and Science Agenda late last year which is focussed on embracing new ideas through innovation and science. These qualities are a key part of the Bots and Books program. "
 
David Leask, Head Teacher of Electronics and Electrical Engineering at Hunter TAFE says Bots In The Books program provided participants with the opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to be involved in a technical based, industrially relevant short course.
 
"The Hunter Region’s advanced manufacturing sector is experiencing growth in many areas of innovation including 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 engaging, fun and innovative opportunity served to reinforce the need for effective foundation skills in science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) for young people who have an interest in career paths in technology based areas.
 
Bots in the Books was presented by Hunter TAFE and Newcastle City Council with support from Port Waratah Coal Services.