STEAM Resources: Drones

Makeblock Airblock Modular Programmable Drone Kit A 7-piece modular drone that can be turned into a hovercraft, car, spider and more! It is made of light but durable plastic foam so you can bump into walls without making dents. Control it from your Smartphone or iPad via Bluetooth using a freely available iOS or Android…
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Much Ado About Books Seminar

This was an inaugural seminar organised by representatives from both the PLVN Collections SIG and the Reader Development SIG and was held at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. The seminar celebrated libraries, books and reading with a mantra to change the current vernacular from “Libraries are more than just books” to “Libraries are books…..and…
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CEO Reads: Australia Day

Australia Day I am not really a reader of short stories as I love getting lost in a ‘big’ story and getting to know the story characters more deeply but as I was to interview Melanie at the Booklovers Festival ‘Permission to Write’ session I needed to read them with the thought of discussion in…
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Heraldry

The following is a guest blog post from Tammy Eledge Heraldry is the science, art and system by which coats of arms and other armorial bearings and symbols are employed to distinguish individuals, armies, institutions and corporations. Coats of Arms and Armorial bearings carry symbols which originated as identification devices on flags and shields. Forms…
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STEAM Resources: Bloxels

It used to be that if you wanted to make a video game you would need to know lots of complicated code or own some expensive computer software. Well, thanks to Bloxels, you can build a simple game very quickly with a Tablet and a few coloured blocks (or Blox, presumably). The concept is very…
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STEAM Resources: Edison Robots

Edison is a small, car-shaped robot aimed at teaching coding and robotics to students from age 4 to 16.  It is designed to be LEGO-compatible, affordable, and can be programmed in a range of computer languages including Scratch and Python. Edisons are equipped with sensors for light, sound and infra-red, allowing it to react to…
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Staff Profile: Kaje

This is Kaje. Mobile Library Officer.   How long have you worked at YPRL? I'm still a neophyte with just over 6 months chalked up! What is your library passion? Children's literature. What do you like about working in a library? Getting to know our borrowers and helping them explore their favourite genres. What is something most people…
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