Mr. Speaker, when children learn a concept or skill at a young age… they are far less likely to be afraid of it … and much more likely to be good at it.
For this reason, we introduced coding this year to grades 4-6 students in Island schools.
The new Coding Quest program helps students learn the language of computing and basic programming skills.
Mr. Speaker, we aren’t expecting these students to be able to write complex computer code… … but we are looking to influence the way they think.
Students who can code.. understand that anything that can be counted, sorted or tracked… can be changed into something new… by applying computational techniques.
Mr. Speaker, many people say coding is the new literacy…. and will soon become an essential skill.
Today, we use technology in almost every aspect of our lives…. and knowledge of coding is becoming increasingly important.
Our Department of Economic Development and Tourism knows that employers today are looking for people who have good computational thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
And for this reason, they collaborated with us by providing funding to help get the Coding Quest program started this year.
We are very pleased with the interest that coding has piqued throughout the education system.
And our government remains strongly committed to investing in this valuable programming.
Mr. Speaker, with the support of our dedicated teachers … coding is just one of many great things happening in Island classrooms.
This fall, 35 Island teachers took part in training on how to code … and how to integrate coding into the curriculum.
Many of these teachers introduced coding to their students this year…. with the support of the Coding Quest program.
Mr. Speaker, these forerunner teachers are to be commended for stepping out of their comfort zone… to learn …. and to teach this important skill to their students.
Next week, we will have 45 students showcasing their coding and video game projects at the Provincial Coding Arcade at East Wiltshire Intermediate.
I encourage the public and all Members to attend the Arcade on May 18th and view the amazing projects.
Thank you Mr. Speaker