ICT Site Visit a Highlight at Summer School
Aspiring website developer Matt Didcoe (Year 12) visited some of Australia’s major ICT companies during the school holidays as part of the National Computer Science School. Matt, who also attended the camp in 2007, was invited to return to the nine-day summer school, held at the University of Sydney, during January.
This year, the students were taken on site visits, including trips to Google’s restricted Sydney offices and Atlassian, a company that builds software for technology development companies. The students, selected from across Australia, learnt about computer programming and web design in an intensive, university setting.
“We learnt the programming language Python along with skills to design the ‘front-end’ of a website through a series of interactive lectures,” he said.
Matt said the two additional days of site visits to this year’s camp was a highlight. “The people you have the opportunity to meet and interact with make the summer school a great experience,” he said. “It would be fantastic, if one of the Perth universities could mimic the residential computer science school and offer it to students who are interested in the field within the WA.”