ALL Saints’ College will host a series of intensive computer programming courses for students in years 2 to 6, when Code Camp launches in Perth for the first time during the winter school holidays.
Founded in Sydney in 2013, Code Camp aims to provide Australian students with the opportunity to learn to code and build their own apps.
Code Camp is a new component of All Saints’ Propeller Enterprises program, as the school works towards establishing itself as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.
English teacher and head of Propeller Enterprises Laura Strentz said the program was a response to the growing “innovation economy” in Australia.
“Propeller Enterprises is designed to focus on nurturing student ideas and creating platforms for them to develop the skills and experiences to engage in and lead our burgeoning innovation economy,” she said.
“It is envisaged that Propeller Enterprises will be a hub for our creative entrepreneurs who are keen to explore and develop ideas, whether that be in IT, in business, in service, science or the arts.”
Ms Strentz said the school was excited to host Code Camp because computer programming was both a useful modern skill and helped to build critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Camp Code’s Perth director Magda Thibaut said she was particularly keen to get girls signed up for the courses.
“At Code Camp, we hope to empower girls to have increased digital confidence and use technology to help develop creative solutions in a fun environment,” she said.
“Once you learn how to code, you can design games, build apps, create your own website, animate YouTube videos, make graphic designs – all of which are very entrepreneurial needs in today’s digital world.”
The three and four-day coding camps run on various dates between July 1 and 17 and start from $350.