Mernda Park Primary School is setting its students up as "kid coders" for the future.
As a small, new school with 99 students and growing, Mernda Park Primary School has made it their mission to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and digital technologies.
Mernda Park Primary School's motto is 'Where Creativity Meets Technology'.
They have introduced coding and programming across the whole school using range of software platforms including: Scratch Junior, Scratch, Hour of Code, and Dash and Dot.
'By using Scratch, students have been challenged to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century,' Principal Mary Ryan says.
Students are using their coding and design knowledge to develop games. Games development isn't just playing around - it includes concepts of design, fairness, strategy and rules. It also helps students understand how everyday apps, websites and other software are made.
'To be successful in the future, research shows that students need to be encouraged to be curious learners and develop skills in collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication.'
See the full article here publishd on the Department of Education Victoria website.