Worawa girls tackle IT and technology challenges

April 17 / 192

Indigenous school students from Healesville’s Worawa Aboriginal College have been developing valuable technology skills in a partnership initiative of the University of Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information Systems.

CIS academic staff have been visiting the school on a weekly basis to help the girls learn skills that will be useful for their future careers, and in order to build their interest in computer science, IT, software engineering and information systems. 

Weekly activities at the school have included app design and programming in HTML/JavaScript, Alice, Scratch and App Inventor. The students have also been investigating phone and PC hardware, programming robots, and composing algorithms. 

The program is led by Professor Andrew Turpin and Dr Greg Wadley from the School of Computing and Information Systems. 

The Worawa students recently visited the Parkville campus, where they had the chance to experience cutting-edge Virtual and Augmented Reality at the Microsoft Centre for Social NUI. They also toured the University's data room, and presented their coding projects in front of Melbourne School of Engineering staff.  

The day was capped off with the traditional Worawa vs Unimelb basketball match, which the Worawa girls won on the buzzer.

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