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Stick figures a pointer to robotics

North Kalgoorlie Primary School year six students have embarked on a mission to revolutionise the simple scarecrow.

The students spent the morning at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community Garden yesterday creating hand-held scarecrows out of sticks and second-hand fabric.

Now they will explore how robotics could be used to enhance the pest-management capabilities of their makeshift creations.

Garden committee member Jennifer Thompson co-ordinated the excursion, which she said epitomised the environmental and sustainability aims of the community-oriented space.

“The scarecrows is a really uncomplicated and simple craft activity I invented for our school holiday program, but it looks really adorable,” she said.

“It is tying into their biosecurity and technology learning.

“This is the first stage, this is a scarecrow in very simplified technology. Now their task is to go away and explore how they could use robotics to improve the concept.”

The community garden, next to Hammond Park on Memorial Drive, encourages residents to plant and tend their own vegetables and flowers.

An annual family membership is $40 and individual memberships are $25. Inquiries through the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community Garden Facebook page.

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