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The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Mar 2017



The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Mar 2017


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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TUESDAY MARCH 28 2017 NEWS 07 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA FUN and education are key aspects of the introduction of robotics to the Alice Springs Town Library. Acting library childhood and youth services officer Danielle Schaechy said robot activities had been held for about three months and were proving popular. You can have fulfilling education with a lot of fun, she said. We have 20 robots and held a networking event, with almost 50 people coming, last month. The workshops are geared to children aged eight to 15. We are looking to have at least one workshop a week during the school term and they will also be in the school holiday program. The robots were donated through the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics program. We will be getting 10 more Lego Storm robots from CDU to run a RoboCup competition between teams of five from schools in June. Ms Schaechy said the library will be launching Code Club during term 2 to teach children how to code the robot from scratch. There have been sessions with robot Nao where children put in commands for the robot to react to. A SPACE station is taking shape on a prominent block of land in Alice Springs, with the aim of providing unsafe adventures for the towns children. We want a fun adventure for kids, but in a safe environment, said Eugene Blom, a former Scout Leader and project manager in construction, who came up with the idea. Robotics learning popular Steve Menzies Mr Blom has spent the weekend starting the endeavour, which involves fencing off an area of the Melanka site on the corner of Todd Street and Stott Terrace. Therell be 200 pallets of wood, 100 cardboard fridge boxes, giant cylinders, drums and things, paint and cardboard, he said. The aim is for kids to build a series of extensions to the Space Hub, gaining materials from various groups on site, named the Rebels, the Ewoks, and the Space Pirates. The Space Hub will be started by adults and children are allowed to enter two at a time, as long as theyre accompanied by an adult droid. Mr Blom is working with the Scouts to provide the sort of adventure he enjoyed in his youth. Some of the biggest things we did were with big boxes and ropes and poles, and I was worried it was all going to pot with everybody worried about risk and it all being too hard for insurance, but the Scouts are still up for it, Mr Blom said. I want kids to have really good fun, and for adults to understand risk is good for kids. They need to understand why the rules are there. We need adults to advise children. Not to say things like be careful, because that doesnt mean anything, he said. You have to say that stick will poke someone in the eye or that looks a bit wobbly, it could fall, then kids can respond with their own risk management measures. Space Station Alice takes place on April 1 and 2. Theres a Facebook group called Alice Springs Kids Unsafe Adventures and all participants are asked to register for the event at www.unsafeadventures.webs.com Fun and danger games Andrea Johnston Melanka space station invites kids to take risks NORTHERN Territory Police report an increase in Northern Territory residents being deceived into being money mules. A money mule is a person used to enable the transfer of funds between a victim and a scam offender, who is usually located internationally. In the majority of the time, the money is from proceeds of online crime. A recent report to police involved a woman from Darwin accepting an online job offer that at first appeared legitimate, Detective Sergeant Craig Windebank said. The job involved the woman receiving sums of money and transferring it into offshore bank accounts. These scams are sophisticated in nature and have required victims to participate in telephone job applications and to complete detailed contracts of employment. People should be very wary of any job offers that requires them to receive money into their own bank accounts and then transfer into other accounts outside Australia. People who engage in money transfers like this could risk criminal prosecution. To report an issue to police go to ACORN website www.acorn.gov.au or call 131 444. Acting Library children's and youth services officer Danielle Schaechy reacts with robot Nao. Picture: CHRISTINE ANSORGE Money mules warning $20 Meal Deal* RuMp Steak, ChipS & SalaD Plus a free Beer, Wine or Soft Drink. Alice Springs Golf Club Cromwell Dve, Alice Springs *Valid Tuesday-Sunday *Bowls deal not available Tues due to Social Comp. Lawn BowlsOR FRee t: 8952 - 1921 WE ARE MOVING!WE ARE MOVING! As of April 2 we will be operating at 2 Kidman Street (next to Country Diesel) in the old Alice Sheds & Structures Building NEW ADDRESS: 2 Kidman Street, Alice Springs T: 8952 - 6369 | E: pvpanelworks@bigpond.com

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