Computer science students given scope to imagine

Year 9 Morley SHS students Xander Ferguson and Madison Ballard. Picture: Michael Wilson
Year 9 Morley SHS students Xander Ferguson and Madison Ballard. Picture: Michael Wilson

STUDENTS from Morley Senior High School are set to see how some of the world’s biggest companies are using technology to transform the workforces of tomorrow.

The year 9 and 10 digital technology students are just some of the many WA school groups lining up to experience the two-day Resources Technology Showcase next month.

Digital Technologies teacher Nicole Hyde said the showcase would provide the students with some real-life experiences that motivated them to realise that “anything is possible”.

“Most of these students have never seen the Pilbara so this will provide something that I can’t ever show them in a classroom,” she said.

Year 9 Morley SHS students Xander Ferguson and Madison Ballard with digital technology teacher Nicole Hyde. Picture: Michael Wilson

Morley High places a strong focus on computer science, offering it as ATAR subject and engaging younger students with Hummingbird robotics, Arduino board programming, Lego Mindstorm, Python security, and app creation.

Ms Hyde said allowing students to see how companies were using augmented reality, robotics and artificial intelligence in the resources sector added a real-world dimension to their learning.

She said soft skills, such adaptability, were now a business imperative so allowing school students the scope to imagine and create was vital.

But the chance to interact with the showcase doesn’t end there. All WA schools are being offered to opportunity to take part through BHP’s Future Ready STEM Challenge, which is set to kick off on November 4 and offers winners the chance to scoop part of the massive $100,000 prize pot.

Schools can select from a number of different challenges which are linked to the mining and energy industries. The competition is designed to ensure it is accessible to students of different levels of ability and schools with different levels of resourcing as well as work in concert with curriculums.

Teachers can visit thewest.com.au/bhpfutureready to download a teacher’s resource pack from November 4 and groups have until December 2 to enter the competition.

The Resources Technology Showcase will be held on November 27-28 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Visit https://rtsperth.com/ for more details.