School program enhances computer skills
Dampier Primary School is taking part in an inaugural Scitech program aimed to develop students’ computing and information and communications technology (ICT) capabilities.
Scitech’s Future Computing Program was launched this year at Dampier Primary School and involves students using a Raspberry Pi which is an educational computing kit.
Students assemble the Raspberry Pi kit and are taught how a computer works while the classroom teacher is given opportunities for professional development.
The 12-month program is delivered in partnership with Mitsui Iron Ore Development and also teaches students about computer science, coding, machine learning, AI, the internet of things and mechatronics.
Scitech chief executive Kalien Selby said it was important to deliver STEM engagement programs that skilled teachers and inspired students.
“The Future Computing Program develops the technological skills and knowledge of both teachers and students, while raising awareness of the importance of technology skills to participate in the future workforce,” she said.
Scitech professional learning consultant Tim Schmitz said there was a huge shortfall in the number of people who had computer science skills. “It’s not just about becoming a computer expert, it’s about solving problems and thinking creatively,” he said.
Dampier Primary School teacher Chloe Brook said the program was an excellent learning opportunity.
“What we have found is hitt-ing the ICT capabilities and teaching the digital technolo-gies curriculum, it meets everything.
“ From Years 4 to 6 in this school we can teach everything using that,” she said.
DPS student Jack Flannigan said aspects of the program were challenging however he felt a sense of achievement when he accomplished tasks.
“I like challenges and if I have a hard one it’s more fun than anything and it’s just lovely,”Jack said.
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