The Coding Club commenced in the second half of 2017 as a way of generating interest in coding amongst our students. There was a good response to this initiative and we are looking to build on the momentum generated throughout 2018.
We are joining with Apple and the Coder Academy as part of a pilot project to look at ways coding can be integrated into the classroom. The pilot project has its focus on app development for iOS. The students will be using Xcode 9 to learn how to build an app from scratch.
One of the challenges to integrating coding into the classroom is the lack of knowledge of coding amongst most teachers across the nation. One of the aims of the pilot project is to see if external providers can be integrated into schools in an effort to combat this skill shortage.
The pilot project will run throughout Term 2 and be run inside and outside school hours in an effort to minimise disruption to classes. Students will be invited to apply for the course.
Coding Club will continue thanks to the efforts of our Mathematics Coordinator, Mr Chris Pocock. He has been concentrating on using Python to communicate with Raspberry Pi devices and the girls involved in the club have learnt a great deal under his guidance.
All Coding Club members get free membership to Grok Learning. This is Sydney University’s education startup, providing access to coding competitions and challenges throughout the year.
We look forward to sharing our coding experiences throughout 2018.