Young Muslims Network Australia (YMNA), a project of Islamic Circle of Australia & New Zealand (iCAN) holds technology driven programs each year at different locations within Australia.
Despite being in the midst of a pandemic YMNA organised Robotics workshops at seven different locations across NSW: Auburn, Edmondson Park, Chester Hill, Rooty Hill, Wollongong, Quakers Hill and Mayfield.
The project aimed to give the youth a better understanding of new and emerging technologies in order to be better equipped within the rapidly progressing modern world.
Furthermore, it hoped to increase the interest of the kids in this field and hone their creativity and thinking skills in a unique way.
The program saw over 200 kids register and participate in these workshops, with a team of over 50 volunteers assisting to bring the workshops into fruition at a highly professional level.
Each participant received a BBC microbit kit- a pocket-sized computer that introduces how software and hardware interact- and was awarded a certificate upon the completion of the workshop.
The content of these workshops was designed to produce an optimal learning experience, as it included theory, hands-on projects and even a glance at possible pathways in the robotics field.
The youth hence gained a unique, insightful learning experience under the guidance of professionals while enjoying refreshments and the company of each other.