Ashfield PS set sights on national ICT competition

 L-R BACK: Jessica Hennah, Carmen van der Linde, Dave Kelly. FRONT: Molly Ireland, Jayde Milhinch, Lalana Lawrance and Ryan O'Donovan.
L-R BACK: Jessica Hennah, Carmen van der Linde, Dave Kelly. FRONT: Molly Ireland, Jayde Milhinch, Lalana Lawrance and Ryan O'Donovan.

ASHFIELD Primary School’s finest ICT explorers are chasing national glory, after taking out a state competition with their bike lock project.

Year 3 and 4 students Molly Ireland, Jayde Milhinch, Lalana Lawrance and Ryan O’Donovan drew inspiration from the Department of Transport and Town of Bassendean’s Your Move program to create a bike lock that releases when a helmet is secured on the cyclists’ head.

It features two Microbit components that provides signals to the helmet’s chin strap and the bike’s spokes.

The bike lock helped the school win the Year 3-4 division at the Young ICT Explorers competition at Edith Cowan University in Mt Lawley last month.

Teacher Jessica Hennah said the school was proud of the students who gave up their time to work with her and fellow teacher Carmen van der Linde.

“Their dedication to master block coding, and their drive to see their vision come to fruition showed such persistence and commitment, and their success is well earned,” she said.

“We were also very lucky to have The Smith Family, VolunteeringWA and our specialist volunteers support the students and teachers throughout the process.

“It has been wonderful to have the community assist our students and our school to compete in the Young ICT Explorers program.”

Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly said it was great to see the Your Move program making an impact in local schools.

“Science and ICT is an important part of a students learning experience and preparing them for future careers,” he said.

“I wish the team the best of luck in competing at the national level as representatives of Ashfield Primary School.”

The team will compete at the National Young ICT Competition in Sydney in December.

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