Coding workshops run at St Mary’s

Delaney Eastabrook, Russel Anderson from Microsoft and, Kira Molloy
Delaney Eastabrook, Russel Anderson from Microsoft and, Kira Molloy

TWENTY St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School students participated in coding workshops run by several technology experts last week.

Experts from Microsoft, Avanade and the Fogarty Foundation taught students in years 7 to 10 how to code, write business plans and pitch apps.

Head of Technology and Enterprise Michelle Fitzpatrick said coding was an important life skill with the advancement of technology.

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“Those with coding skills will be highly sought after in the marketplace,” she said.

“Technology plays a vital role in our everyday lives and coding is the power behind the devices we use.

“Developing a website, a smart phone app or a computer controlled device in our home requires someone coding it, for it to be fully functional.

“The coder develops a range of other skills including problem-solving, anticipating consequences, perseverance and critical thinking.”

Mrs Fitzpatrick said students split into a junior and senior division to compete in a “Technovation” Challenge.