There has been lots written on the amount of time fathers (and significant men) spend in their daughters’ lives and how important it is to develop an interested, connected, loving and caring relationship.

With this in mind…..

TechMate was an evening of girls from grades 4 – 6 to come along with with dad, grandad, brother or uncle to code and have fun with robots and drones. Together they enthusiastically coded and maneuvered Spheros in a Sumo wrestling match, burst balloons with Blue Bots, coded EV3’s to stop at a pedestrian crossing and reverse park, received ‘L’ plates with Pro Bots, programmed Alpha to dance and do push-ups



and solved computer riddles…….Why was there a bug in the computer?
Because it was looking for a byte to eat
!…….by flying a drone with the riddle to be answered after navigating a course!

Plus many more tasks and challenges…

The evening ended with team challenges of designing a carriage to carry a girl around a set course being powered and coded by Sphero.

The evening was tremendous fun!

Some lovely feedback included;

“a wonderful evening and can’t wait to do it again!”

“Grace and Ella and Sean had a fantastic night. Thank you for organising the evening”

“My daughter and husband had such a great time last night. Thank you so much! It is wonderful to see my daughter so engaged and excited about learning. Thank you for sharing your passion with our children”

“Thank you for a wonderful night Jackie, the excitement of the night came home of stories to tell of drones and robots”


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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!