Southern River College kids discover code to great school holidays


Riley Gooch (11, near), Kai Taylor (13, centre) and Richard Pountney (13, far) enjoying some coding fun.
Riley Gooch (11, near), Kai Taylor (13, centre) and Richard Pountney (13, far) enjoying some coding fun.

WHILE some kids played computer games during the school holidays, others learned how to code their own games at Southern River College.

Ten students took part in a holiday workshop run by ScopeIT, a program designed to help school kids create technology.

The students engaged in a variety of activities, ranging from semaphore flag signalling to game design and coding.

The activities were aligned to the Western Australian education curriculum and gave both experienced and novice coders the chance to learn new skills.

The students used Scratch, a freely available program, to develop their creations.

Southern River College deputy principal Mike Erith said the workshop was another example of the school’s emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

“The College already has a strong STEM focus with specialist robotic programs and IT classes.

“While these subjects can lead to great careers, the benefits also include the development of critical and analytical thought and logic and ultimately the promotion of creativity.”

He said more holiday and after school coding workshops are planned, including 3D design and printing.

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