Before-School Coding and Robotics
In 2018, Willetton Primary School is excited to offer two free before-school coding programs to selected students from Pre-Primary to Year Four.
At the end of Term 1 2018, an expression of interest to join 'Code Orange' was sent to all students in years three and four. Initially offering 25 places, the program received overwhelming community support with 76 applications received in the first week. Due to such high demand, an additional sessions was offered and so, at the beginning of term 2, Code Orange begun with 50 students participating across two sessions held every Monday and Friday for 40minutes before school. These sessions begun with students learning the basics of coding through the 'Scratch' program under the direction of the Coordinating teachers Mr Jardine and Mr Wegner. Once students had mastered the basics by coding their own version of 'Pong', sessions moved into a 'Maker Space' set up where students where free to explore coding and deepen their understanding by working on their own projects with Mr Jardine and Mr Wegner to guide them. In Term 3, the program continued to grow with a third Wednesday session opening up for students on the Code Orange wait list. These students begun with the same Scratch program whilst students continuing on moved into robotics using Bee-Bots, Dash & Dots and Spheros.
Due to the overwhelming success of 'Code Orange' and program for students in Pre-Primary and Year 1 call 'Code Blue' was started by Miss Patching, Miss Swanson and Mrs Gavranich. Similarly to Code Orange, Code Blue received over 70 expressions of interest in the first week and as such, two sessions were offered in term 3 on Monday and Friday ro coincide with Code Orange. Code Blue uses Bee-Bots to introduce the basic of coding and robotics to students at an early age and generate enthusiasm and excitement for STEAM related subjects.