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Students teach a robot to dance during the international Hour of Code

14 December 2016

Students interested in computer programming joined others around the world in the Hour of Code, held annually during the recent Computer Science Education Week.

Minister for Education and Child Development Susan Close attended the Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS) to observe some year 10 and 11 girls take part in this year’s global event.  

Students at the ASMS, used the Hour of Code to program Zowi the Robot to perform a dance routine, including classic moves such as the moonwalk. Teaching a robot to dance is not just about knowing dance moves and choreography, but about understanding programming concepts such as repeat loops, conditionals and algorithms.

The world-wide Hour of Code program, which took place between 5 and 11 December gives 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.

Earlier this year, the state government invested $250 million in DECD schools to refurbish and redevelop science, technology, engineering and mathematics infrastructure through STEM Works, and has implemented a state-wide program to improve teaching practices in STEM subject areas, including putting 500 teachers with a STEM specialisation into primary schools across the state.

For more information about the Hour of Code visit hourofcode.com/au.