Trial student Eli Howden with Silicon Coast Extracurricular Code School founder Ann Moffatt.
Trial student Eli Howden with Silicon Coast Extracurricular Code School founder Ann Moffatt. Valerie Horton

Youngsters can learn industry-grade computer programming

RURAL and regional high schoolchildren have the chance to learn computer coding at an industry standard.

The Silicon Coast Extracurricular Code School will be available to kids living in the Hervey Bay area.

Code school founder and information technology expert Ann Moffatt said the course gave bush kids the chance to learn computer programming at a level that had been available only in the city.

"We plan to start in Hervey Bay at USQ and gradually roll out the course to Bundaberg and all over regional and rural Australia," Ms Moffatt said.

The course has been in development for more than a year, with 14-year-old Eli Howden as a trial student.

Eli said studying the course not only taught him how to program, but gave him confidence outside of the computer lab too.

"Learning how to code is good because that's where all of the jobs are," he said.

"It's also built up my ability to talk to people."

Ms Moffatt said she hoped to teach other regional kids the skills they would need for the future of programming.

"The skills they'll be taught can be used all over the world," she said.

"I know Eli wants to be an app creater and I think a lot more kids will have ambitions like his."

The course will be taking on 12 students with each one personally interviewed by Ms Moffatt.

"I"m looking for people who think logically and apply logic to life," she said. The program will run for 12 weeks and will cost $30 per session.



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