The inaugural Premier’s Coding Challenge was launched yesterday at Doonside Technology High School to inspire students to get involved in STEAM education (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics).
The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, opened the competition which supports the NSW digital technologies curriculum and encourages students and teachers to find creative STEAM solutions to authentic problems that meet real-world needs.
The Premier’s Coding Challenge is centred on the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ device ThinkerShield, which combines hardware, software and support materials for rapid prototyping and creative problem-solving.
Gold, Silver, Bronze and Diamond awards can be won by students, with each award focusing on a different aspect of physical computing and computational thinking. Teachers can log and track the progress of their class in real-time as students complete activities.
The Premier’s Coding Challenge is aimed at Stage 4 students (Years 7 and 8) but participation is open to all stages and all NSW schools.
Schools can register their interest on the ThinkerShield portal. Schools that already have ThinkerShield School Sets will be contacted directly.