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 building on that foundation throughout 2018.
We have joined with Apple and the Coder Academy as part of a pilot project to look at ways coding can be integrated into the classroom. We launched a pilot project in Term Two which had its focus on app development for iOS. The students used 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 was to see if external providers can be integrated into schools in an effort to combat this skill shortage. From our experience this is definitely the case.
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.
Our Year 7.1 class have been using Python to code their Raspberry Pi devices in the STEM Academy project happening in Term Three. As part of their coding experience all students have been issued with Grok Learning accounts to enable them to learn more about Python in their own time.
The National Computer Science School Challenge provides a great opportunity for students to learn more about coding while taking part in a national competition. In 2018 we have nearly fifty students taking part in the Challenge.