Students graduate computing initiative

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Jake Ferguson, 9, and Angus O’Brien, 10.
Camera IconJake Ferguson, 9, and Angus O’Brien, 10.

Dampier Primary School students who participated in an inaugural Scitech computing initiative graduated from the program last month.

The students were the first to undertake the Scitech Future Computing Program which involved students using an educational computing kit called a Raspberry Pi.

The 12-month program, delivered in partnership with Mitsui Iron Ore Development, taught students computing, information and communications skills.

In particular there was a focus on computer science, coding, machine learning, AI, the internet of things and mechatronics.

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In December, the students showcased the skills they learnt throughout the year at an event involving a series of friendly but competitive hands-on computing challenges.

Scitech chief executive Kailen Selby said Scitech’s professional learning programs created long lasting impacts for students.

“We believe students are motivated by inspired teachers who evolve their practice to teach in innovative and engaging ways,” she said.

“It is incredibly important to ensure students have the opportunity to learn and develop the digital technology skills needed to take on the opportunities of the future workforce, and we are extremely proud to be able to do so by delivering this unique program in collaboration with Mitsui Iron Ore Development.”

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