Midvale Primary students helping set world record in coding


Mynhardt Heymans and Amelie Fouche practise for the event which was held on July 20. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d457102
Mynhardt Heymans and Amelie Fouche practise for the event which was held on July 20. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d457102

STUDENTS at Midvale Primary School helped to set a world record for the most number of children coding at the same time last week.

Thousands of children from across Australia took part in the Moonhack event held on July 20.

The event celebrated the first moon landing and moon walk known as Apollo 11.

Deputy principal Neil Montgomery said the school had about 140 students who took part in the coding activities.

“Midvale students are already joining the next generation of digital citizens through the Midvale Primary School Code Club,” Mr Montgomery said.

“I run the coding club and there will be a number of them involved in this event on the night, but we can’t say at this stage how many students will participate.

“The students are very excited about the challenge.”

Mr Montgomery said the coding was part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum.

Students in the upper grades 4, 5 and 6 were generally involved in the coding, he said.

General manager of the Telstra Foundation Jackie Coates said it was a small step for kids and one giant leap in education, with 10,000 kids around Australia setting a world record in computer coding.

“This was an exciting opportunity for all kids in Midvale to be world record holders,” Code Club Australia founder Annie Parker said.

“We had a special moon-themed coding project on our website that kids can log on to from anywhere to become a world record holder.”

Ms Parker said some people believed that coding was hard and only for scientists, but it was actually easy and a lot of fun.

More than 10,000 students joined in the online Moonhack.