Computer science is driving job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. More than half of projected jobs in STEM fields are in computing occupations; these occupations dominate “help wanted” ads; and computer science is one of the hottest degrees for new college graduates. With this in mind, before Christmas the Secondary School took part in the “Hour of Code” global movement, which reached tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.
During one week, each student completed a one hour tutorial in over 30 computer programming languages and learnt that computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and shows them how to create, not simply use, new technologies. This fundamental knowl¬edge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation.
The week also encompassed several initiatives, one of these being a coding competition across all year groups. First place went to Luis Alvarez in Year 9 for his “Right triangle side length calculator with GUI” program, second place went to Lucas Bachmann in Year 10 for his “Dragon curve” program and third place went to Atirut Reungloikhan in Year 9 for his “Question Game”. A huge congratulations goes out to all students whom submitted entries, however a special prize was awarded to Andrew Ding in Year 10 for his Java application and continued commitment to his personal study and coding in computing.
Year 10 and 12 Computer science students spent an afternoon teaching Year 5’s how to program in Hopscotch on their iPads. This had an excellent reception and some impressive results.
Throughout the weeks building up to an “Hour of Code”, Year 7 were learning how to program Spheros to move around in different shapes. They also underwent a mini engineering project and designed and created a bridge for the Spheros to pass over. During their Computer Science lesson for “Hour of Code” they completed a racing competition to program their Spheros around a race track built out of their bridges. 7A were the victorious winners with the best bridge designs and fastest track times! Well done.
Finally, Year 10’s created thought provoking posters to encourage girls into the field of coding and Year 12 gave an inspiring assembly about the future of technology and possible career opportunities for the future.