Coding Challenge Gives Students a Head Start

29 Aug 2018

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has launched a new program which will set NSW high
school students up for the jobs of future by giving them hands-on experience in the
basics of computer programming.

The Premier’s Coding Challenge is open to Year 7 and Year 8 students who will work
through a series of challenges using a professional coding language.

“As part of the coding challenge students at 50 high schools across the State will use
a specialised coding kit to develop their programming skills,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The workplace is changing before our eyes and this challenge will prepare students
for new industries which are emerging in innovative, high-tech sectors.

“These new industries are creating limitless career opportunities for people with the
appropriate skills and there is no better time to acquire those skills than in high school.”
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.

President of the Trust of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Barney
Glover said the students involved will use a MAAS ThinkerShield coding kit.

“We have developed the ThinkerShield to provide an engaging STEM learning
experience. It will be fascinating to see how budding scientists and engineers apply
this technology in new ways,” Mr Glover said.

Students and teachers who take part in the Premier’s Coding Challenge will receive a
Bronze, Silver, Gold or Diamond Level achievement award.

MEDIA:

Bruce Ritchie, Office of the Chief Scientist & Engineer, 0429 412 426