ECU students develop WA CodeMakers to help high school students learn to code


Bachelor of Computer Science students Taylah Griffiths and Tyson Langton-Weatherley. Picture: Martin Kennealey d481431
Bachelor of Computer Science students Taylah Griffiths and Tyson Langton-Weatherley. Picture: Martin Kennealey d481431

A PAIR of Edith Cowan University students have developed and volunteer in a coding club for high school students.

Taylah Griffiths and Tyson Langton-Weatherley are studying computer science, majoring in software engineering, at the Joondalup campus.

Together they started WA CodeMakers after school club for younger students to explore computing concepts while learning how to code a micro controller to undertake tasks.

“I want to show them what I wish I had known at their age,” Tyson said.

Using the micro controllers allows them to explore and understand the capabilities of digital technologies, and the group of high school students has included girls.

“I want more girls to understand that it is more than just maths; you also need to be creative and collaborative,” Taylah said.

During the weekly WA CodeMakers sessions, students can explore computing and security concepts, program devices using visual and general purpose programming. “That there are a number of coding clubs that assist students to realise the potential of coding,” program co-ordinator Michelle Ellis said.

“WA CodeMakers, however, takes it to the next step where they can apply their knowledge and make things happen.”

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