Indigenous youth plug in to Rockhampton workshop
ROCKHAMPTON'S Walter Oram is your typical teenager who uses a range of technological devices every day.
But on Tuesday the 19-year-old was shown a different type of technology in the form of a robot, as part of the digital excellence workshops being held at Rockhampton's Helem Yumba Healing Centre this week.
The Helem Yumba Healing Centre is one of four Indigenous organisations to recently receive funding through a partnership between the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence and The Telstra Foundation to run digital excellence workshops to explore technology, develop new skills and share stories through digital making.
Walter said the workshops were a good way to bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people together.
"It's very important that we get together and talk about our culture," he said.
"The workshop was really fun because we got to design robots and connect it to the tablets for it to follow commands. These workshops are really inspiring to me and it makes me want to work with indigenous youth in the future or study international studies overseas."
Helem Yumba support manager Delilah MacGillivray said the centre was successful in receiving a $25,000 package from the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence which resulted in two facilitators holding the workshops in Rockhampton this week and 12 local people being trained in digital robotics making.
"This week is about connecting culture to technology so our approach for the week is around story-telling and arts," she said.
"It's about saying that technology is here to stay and connecting culture through technology. We've even talked about programming the robots to take commands in Darumbal language which is very exciting. We have lots of stories from our elders and we don't want those stories to get lost so it's all about sharing those stories in different ways, including technology."
The workshops will work with local Elders, the Darumbal Youth Service and the Glenmore Primary School.