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MacKillop gets technical

MACKILLOP Catholic College showed off its technology skills with a stall at the TasICT Technology, Digital Transformation and Innovation Conference at Wrest Point Casino in October.

The College, for years seven to 10, was the only high school represented at the conference.

The TasICT conference focused on how Tasmanian businesses could manage their digital transformation.

MacKillop Catholic College eLearning coordinator Murray Herbert said the College had its sights set firmly on the future, which was reflected in its ICT program.

“The school’s program helps students develop skills that will enable them to transition easily to not only their senior years, but the rapidly changing and increasingly automated workforce,” he said.

“Our digital technologies course is a mixture of computational thinking and practical skills that allow students to explore digital solutions to real-world problems.

“Projects available to study within the course include animation, 3D design and printing, web design, coding via Scratch, coding via Minecraft EDU, coding in a specific language, project-based learning with the Raspberry Pi and robotics.”

Mr Herbert said the students at MacKillop had also created their own podcast series, which was available on iTunes.

MacKillop year nine student Alex Kershaw is one of a growing group of students that indulge their passion for robotics in MacKillop’s after-school robotics club.

The team recorded an impressive win at the recent Tasmania State Robotics Competition, with Alex and fellow student Sebastian Lang placing first in the ‘open rescue’ category.

“The MacKillop robotics program is a great opportunity to get an idea of how to master basic programming and designing skills,” Alex said.

“I like class because of the challenges and overcoming them.

“Often something will not be working and it can take a fair amount of time to overcome it, but once the robot is working, it is rewarding to see it do exactly what it was programmed to do.”

The TasICT conference was held on 19 October and was part of a week-long FutureFest Tasmania 2018 festival which showcases technology in Tasmania.

Caption: Year 10 MacKillop students, from left, Joseph Bacon, Darsan Sharma and Oliver White.