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But at the weekend the 12-year-old upgraded and gained new skills when he built a robot for the first time.
"I had a good time building as I like to understand how things usually work, but my favourite part is to see it [the robot] working. It is awesome."
It was the first time Kiwibots and Auckland University’s Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Science has held the event in Southland and it was run with help of Great South as part of the Techweek.
Kyla Archer of Auckland University said the initiative helped children develop skills such as teamwork, attention to detail and understanding instructions as they had to follow a guide to make the robots work.
Southland Youth Futures adviser Liz Wyatt said it had been a great experience for children in the region.
Nine-year-old Brodie Clay was one of the most excited.
"I’ve built some robots before but with Lego — this is my first time building a real robot!"
When asked if he was a genius, Brodie, who learnt how to code from a young age and helps his father in his workshop at home, joked: "I am not a genius — yet."