Kode to in­spire learn­ing

North Coast Times - - BUSINESS -

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.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d485034

Nick Co­plin and his chil­dren Rory and El­lie with their KodeKLIX gad­get.

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