Year nine and 10 students in Griffith High School’s computing studies and iSTEM (science technology engineering mathematics) classes celebrated perfect scores after participating in five challenges for the National Computer Science School Coding Competition in October.
Head Teacher in industrial arts, iSTEM, and computing science at Griffith High School Ian Preston said “ we had nine students score perfect scores, with one of these students Callum Weppler scoring a perfect score in two competition streams.”
Five other students scored high distinctions.
Year 10 student Randy Emmanuel Salo scored perfectly in one stream saying “in the future I’m thinking of working in hardware.”
“My main dream is to get into the higher ups and be on the NVIDIA graphics cards team and build graphics cards and computer hardware,” Randy said.
Fellow year 10 student Jaxon Truscott who also achieved a perfect score said that once he finishes school he wants “ to do graphic design, advertisements and billboards.”
2018 is the second year that Griffith High School has participated in the national competition.
Since 2017 Griffith High School has also held a mechatronics module in its combined year nine and year ten iSTEM class.
The module aims at competitively programming Lego EV3 Mindstorms robots to traverse an obstacle course.
Year nine student Angus Brown who participated in the coding competition and robotics module said the hands on learning was “ much better than sitting in a class taking notes all day.”
Fellow classmate Alex Robinson said he would like to become an engineer after school as “90 percent of jobs are going to be iSTEM related in the future.”
Mr Preston said that since the module started he has noticed his students find school much more enjoyable, often opening the iSTEM room open during lunch to let the students to work on their robots.
Mr Preston said he would like to see his students entering in the 2019 National Robo Cup Competition.