The Texas Instruments National Coding Contest is open to Year 7 – 10 students around Australia. The theme this year is FOOD – how to automate or improve a process related to food. Student teams of 2-4 students work with a teacher mentor to identify an everyday process or product that your team wants to optimise, or a problem that they want to solve. Then, they envision what they would build – anything from an automated lolly dispenser to a model of a smart irrigation system – let imaginations run wild.

In the midst of lockdown and remote learning, four very courageous students put their hands up to compete in the inaugural contest. Riveen and Joshua (Year 7) and Chris and Alex (Year 9) have been supported over the past few months by their coding mentor teacher, Mr Warren McAlister.

We recently found out that both teams have been named as National Semi-finalists and are in the top ten teams Nationwide!

VIC – Mount Waverly Secondary College “Team RDI (Robotic Daily Intake)”
VIC – Mount Waverly Secondary College “So indóme mát- your anta”
VIC – Suzanne Cory High School “S.C.H.S 1”
VIC – Mentone Grammar School “The Linguinis”
VIC – Melbourne High School “Farmers Improved”
VIC – Melbourne High School “Saline Soldiers”
VIC – St Margaret’s School “MISS”
QLD – Columba Catholic College “EweWillWantToWater”
WA – Ridgeview Secondary College “Food Gurus”
WA – Ridgeview Secondary College “The Saucerers”
This week, each team had a special virtual meeting with a Texas Instruments coding expert in the USA.
Thank you to Warren McAlister for his continued support of our two teams. We wish them all the best for the next round of the competition!

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Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of Student Voice