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Extracurricular coding gains in popularity

Coding as an extracurricular activity is gaining in popularity at ACG Tauranga with a second lunchtime coding class soon to be introduced.

The class is run by local Tauranga company Coding NZ who lead an hour-long session each week in which students create their own websites, applications and games.

Teacher Dave Hanna, who coordinates the classes, said coding provides a valuable life skill – while still being fun for students.

“When students pass a level, they advance immediately on to the next one, so they see a lot of progress and gain a lot of satisfaction.”

He said coding was an increasingly important skill for students to acquire as more and more careers require an understanding of the language of code.

Coding is an important part of the school’s ICT Capabilities Framework, which consists of Communicating, Creating and Coding. It aims to equip students with skills for the digital age.

Coding NZ facilitator Nikki Trebilco says coding teaches children to problem solve at a high level using a unique combination of logical and creative skills.

“Learning the coding languages we teach allows students the freedom to create a digital substance in reality for any ideas they may have. It’s an incredibly valuable life skill, which opens a lot of opportunities in their future in every field including arts, sciences and maths. We love seeing them grow in class.”

Students can join the Coding NZ classes at any stage of the term. For further information, please contact Dave.Hanna@acgedu.com