Minister for Education and Child Development Susan Close came by ASMS yesterday to observe some of our year 10 and 11 girls take part in this year’s global ‘Hour of Code’ event. The challenge required them to write a coded program that included instructing a robot to perform a dance routine.

The world-wide Hour of Code program, which takes place between December 5 and December 11, occurs during Computer Science Education Week. This gives the students the opportunity to experiment and experience a range of skills including dance, design, choreography, 3D printing, electronics and programming concepts such as repeat loops, conditionals and algorithms.

ASMS has a focus on encouraging girls in STEM. In the next decade it is expected occupations such as biomedical engineering, network systems and data communications analysis will require tertiary qualifications in STEM fields.