Kode to inspire learning
A MERRIWA family’s electronic circuit technology KodeKLIX is in the running for the 2018 Premier’s Science Awards.
The teaching system is one of four finalists for the science engagement initiative of the year category.
Nick and Gillian Coplin created the system in 2011 so they could share their passion for engineering with their children Ellie (13) and Rory (12).
The couple wanted to help children develop practical skills in electronics and coding through kits that they distribute to schools with supporting teaching materials.
It focuses on real-world engineering problems using Blockly, a visual coding language by Google, and snap-together components to build electronic circuits.
“Our goal for KodeKLIX is to enable as many children as possible to experience Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) and digital technology in a positive way as early as possible,” Mrs Coplin said.
“Our aim is that they will not just use technology but understand how it works and be inspired to meet the challenges ahead for their generation.”
Mr Coplin has volunteered to run a co-curricular program at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School since 2016 and his children help run it after school.
Last year Coplin Corp received a WA Government Innovation Voucher to develop the educational hardware system and align it to the national curriculum.
Mrs Coplin said the grant enabled them to collaborate with the Association of Independent Schools of WA and run a trial in eight schools across Perth last year.
There are 18 finalists across the four categories in the Premier’s Science Awards.
Winners will be announced on August 15 during National Science Week.
Nick Coplin and his children Rory and Ellie with their KodeKLIX gadget.