New coding challenge

At Doonside Technology High School on Monday 27 August 2018, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a new program giving high school students hands-on experience in the basics of computer programming. The Premier’s Coding Challenge is the result of a collaboration between the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).

The Challenge is open to Year 7 and 8 students, who will use a ThinkerShield coding kit, specially developed by MAAS to provide an engaging STEM learning experience.

“As part of the Coding Challenge, students at 50 high schools across the state will use this specialised coding kit to develop their programming skills,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Acting Chief Scientist Dr Chris Armstrong said the program will boost the State’s STEM capabilities.

“This Challenge will not only enable students to see first-hand how computational technology works, but also give them a sense of how innovative thinking can offer smart solutions to real-world problems,” Dr Armstrong said.

As with previous Premier’s Challenges, students and teachers taking part will receive a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Diamond Level achievement award, with the most innovative examples being showcased at MAAS at the end of the school year.

The NSW Premier’s Coding Challenge has been supported with over $200,000 funding from the NSW Government through the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer. For more information visit the NSW Education website.