Students to benefit from new robots thanks to Stronger Communities Grant

The Discovery Centre have purchased new robots and robotics equipment thanks to $18,200 from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has visited the Discovery Centre to hear how this new equipment will benefit children and school students in the Bendigo electorate.

A recent Deloitte Access Economics report showed that digital literacy is a critical skills gap – required by 87% of jobs. This skills gap is growing and by 2030, digital literacy will be among the top skills demanded by most industries.  

“These new robots will make sure that the Discovery Centre continues to play an active role in encouraging and fostering digital literacy for children”, Ms Chesters said.

“The Stronger Communities Programme is an exciting opportunity for our invaluable community organisations, offering support to regional infrastructure, programs and events,” Ms Chesters said.

The Discovery Centre is one of 13 Central Victorian organisations who have received a share of $150,000 through Round 6 of the program, which funds small capital projects in local communities that deliver social benefits.

“It is a highly competitive fund so I commend the hard work of the Discovery Centre.”

Discovery Centre Manager, Alissa Van Soest said the acquisition of the robots will help support digital literacy for young people in the region.

“Having these additional robots has meant that Discovery are able to work with even more schools across Victoria. Just this week we’ve been using the robots with our girls in STEM program, Small School Program and Early Years Learning Centres.” 

“Term four has been a hectic term. Many schools have been trying to catch up on the opportunities they missed out on throughout the year. Without these robots we would not have had the capacity to support as many schools as we have,” Ms Van Soest said.