In November 2014, Young’s Bus Service developed its Community Bus Recycle Program. Operations Manager Phil Young said “The Bus Recycle Program is designed to support community organisations that can utilise one of Young’s retiring buses to deliver something back to the community.”
Shortly after announcing this initiative, the first of its vehicles was retired and donated to digital crusader, Tim Gentle from Think Digital. Tim had a vision to turn the bus into a digital classroom on wheels that would visit regional, rural and remote parts of Australia to deliver learning to small business, farmers, schools, organisations and even local government. Tim’s vision is to “Build the digital skills and confidence of Regional, Rural and Remote Australians through the delivery of digital education, experiences and entertainment.”
Named after its place of origin, “Rocky” no longer transports passengers, instead its seats have been replaced with a classroom consisting of state of the art technology including 3D printers, drones, mobile devices, wearables, computers and touchscreens. There are even plans to ensure the fitout is energy efficient and a WiFi hotspot that could reach a radius of 10km!
You will find Rocky and Tim at this years Rockhampton Show where you can hop on board and experience Virtual Reality.
Monday 12 June 2016 – Tim and Rocky off to an early start for a big day and week ahead.