Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Graphics and games to boost computer sciences

    11/04/2008 12:00 AM

    A $30,000 grant will help to capture the imagination of students studying computer science and aims to increase the number of students who study the subject at university, Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan said today.


    Thanks to the Public Education Endowment Trust (PEET) grant, 10 modules will be created to link the secondary school science curriculum to university courses in animation and animatronics.


    As part of the Awesome Animations and Animatronics Outreach Program, students will be able to visit the computer science facilities at The University of Western Australia, and access hands-on activities in the classroom.


    “The demand for computer science subjects has fallen in recent years, however animation and animatronics are growing, exciting fields,” Mr McGowan said.


    “The Awesome Animations and Animatronics Outreach Program will offer new and interesting experiences to students, and will hopefully reignite their passion for computer science.”


    The proposed education modules created as part of the program include:

    ·         graphics;

    ·         games programming;

    ·         information technology;

    ·         software engineering;

    ·         robotics;

    ·         computer networks;

    ·         web technology;

    ·         artificial intelligence;

    ·         computer vision; and

    ·         databases and security.


    It is planned to introduce the program to about 50 schools each year for the next five years.


    Five PEET grants have been provided for the start of 2008, totalling $650,000 and including a cyber bullying project, a countering racism tool, a fruit and vegetable project and a youth literature project.


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