Situated 910 km South West of Brisbane (three-hours by plane) is the remote town of Cunnamulla. With a population of only 1865, Cunnamulla is considered a low socio-economic area. However, the town boasts a diverse and passionate community, eager to develop skills relevant for the 21st century.
Two years ago, this was made possible when the town's public library became the owner of a NAO Humanoid Robot after successfully applying for a Coding and Robotics Grant through State Library of Queensland. And they haven’t looked back. The Library uses NAO regularly for:
Librarian Tammy, explains: "During the two plus years we have had our Humanoid Robot, it has proved invaluable to our community.
"Our robot has also been used in other innovative ways, such as opening a community meeting, and is an integral part of our 0-5 weekly program where we bring it out to do the alphabet with the children as well as some of the other favourite nursery rhymes. Nao’s appearance is always the highlight of any program we use it in."
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