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 2019.
In 2018 we 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 which had its focus on app development for iOS. The students used Xcode 9 to learn how to build an app from scratch.
The 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.
In 2018 our Year 7.1 class used Python to code their Raspberry Pi devices in the STEM Academy project. This project will be rolled out across all Year 7 classes in 2019 so all students will be exposed to the Python language.
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 had nearly fifty students taking part in the Challenge with four students achieving a perfect score. We are looking to double our participation in 2019!
In 2018 we ran a trial of the Australian Computing Academy modules in some of our Year 7 Mathematics classes. These resources allow you to teach Mathematical concepts through coding. We will be looking to include more of these modules across a number of Stage 4 classes in 2019.