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The Robots are taking over! Parliament House transforms for Skills 2021

More than 1000 students are flying, buzzing and puzzling their way through Parliament House for Skills 2021 - where drones, robots and 3D objects have taken over the Great Hall.

Minister for Education Eva Lawler attended the interactive event which provides students with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills and hands-on experience using innovative, state of the art technology.

“The Territory Labor Government believes that the next generation of local leaders need to be at the forefront of technology and innovation,” she said.

“To be prepared for the jobs of the future, our kids need skills in all areas of STEM – that’s why initiatives like Skills 2021 are so important.

“Our Government is fulfilling an election commitment and restoring trust in Government by implementing coding in all Territory schools and upskilling teachers and trainers in digital literacies.

“This event will inspire students to take on STEM subjects by making learning interesting and giving them the chance to see what is possible at the cutting edge of technology.”

As part of Skills 2021, students and teachers will this week participate in technology workshops on coding, robotics, 3D design, gaming and video production.

Industry experts such as Microsoft, CASA, Adobe, Telstra and Brainery are partnering with schools and the Department of Education to showcase industry ideas and experience to Territory kids. 

“Young people are engaging in technology more than ever before and we need to equip students with the skills to successfully live and work in the 21st Century,” Ms Lawler said.

“Our students will be not only able to consume digital technology but produce it as well.”

This Friday, an inaugural Skills 2021 event will also be held in Alice Springs. Students from Alice Springs schools will attend the showcase event and participate in workshops to hone their skills.


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