Young­sters crack the code to fu­ture suc­cess

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

ROBOTIC bees and cater­pil­lars are help­ing Mer­riwa Pri­mary School get a head start on com­puter coding be­fore the na­tional cur­ricu­lum for dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies starts in 2018.

The school is in­tro­duc­ing the coding and ro­bot­ics classes to early year groups, in­clud­ing pre-pri­mary stu­dents, to pre­pare them for next year.

“The cur­ricu­lum in­cor­po­rates the ini­tial stages of coding, which will teach chil­dren how to cre­ate pro­grams for dig­i­tal de­vices when they en­ter the work­force in 20 years time,” com­puter spe­cial­ist An­drew Bownes said.

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