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A Snapshot on Tech Clubs

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Week 3, Term Two, 2017

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Tech Clubs offer a great environment for students to experience and further explore their interest in IT in a social and relaxed environment. Across the College, there are Code Clubs running in Junior School and in Secondary, Tech Girls and Robotic Club.

The Tech Girls are Superheroes competition, led by Mrs Schneider, continues to go from strength to strength. In 2016, the College had two teams of Year 8 and 9 students involved in the completion, where a solution is presented to a real world problem. 2017 has seen this grow to 4 teams, with girls from Year 8 to 11 involved in cross-age teams. The team meet and work with Mrs Schneider weekly and from next term, will have weekly virtual meeting with their female IT industry mentor as they move into the creating and coding stages of the programme. The entrepreneurial nature of the competition means that there are a range of skills utilised as the girls research, conduct surveys, build business plans, plan solutions, before coding and marketing their end-product.

One of the Year 4 Code Clubs

Code Club for Year 4 students is being offered this term, and due to the response there are two Code Club being run, one from 7.30am on a Wednesday morning, and one from 3.30pm on a Thursday afternoon. Each week sees students creating a different project using Scratch to learn coding, and later with involve students working with robotics as well. In Term 3, Code Club will be available to Year 6 students and in Term 4, Year 5 students. Promotion and sign up will in the latter weeks of the preceding term.

On a Thursday morning at 7.30am, a group of students meet with Mr Hawtin for the Robotics Club in the Senior School and work with the Lego Mindstorm EV3 robotics. Students work in pairs to build, code and test robots, utilising a range of different sensors that allow the robots to respond different environmental situations.

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