Springfield Central State School Student
Naomi win’s Premier’s Coding Challenge
An eight-year-old Springfield Central State School student has won the top gong in this year’s Premier’s Coding Challenge.
Naomi Bibin Markose said the Premier’s Coding Challenge was an annual state-wide initiative for Queensland students in Year 3 to Year 10 and aimed to encourage an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Queensland students.
Securing the prestigious win, Naomi created a digital solution to raise awareness about digital careers and to help educate Queenslanders on the importance of digital technologies for 21st century citizens.
“I developed a digital presentation with block coding in Tynker. The presentation was about what I believe the future may hold,” Naomi said.
“I had created a character which is a Cyborg called Sirena to take the users through a guided tour of the future, allowing them to browse through the future Schools, the hospital and will allow users to witness what transportation looks like in the future”.
Naomi, who won a ‘Marty the Robot’ V2 said coding made learning fun.
“I really enjoy coding while creating wonderful and interesting games and apps. When I was in Year 1, my brother Noah won the Premier’s Coding Challenge 2020,” she said.
“At that ceremony, I got to see all the amazing games and websites people created that year. Ever since then I started playing around with Tynker”.
Naomi said when she “grows up” she wants to work in the cyber cell of the defence force.
“It combines two of my dream jobs, working in the police force and helping people online from getting hacked and scammed,” she said.
Naomi said Springfield Central State School had an “extraordinary” technology lab with many resources including Lego Mindstorms, Ozobots, Sphero’s and much more.
When Naomi isn’t at school, she spends her spare time watching TV and playing on her Xbox and developing and playing games with Noah.
“Playing games helps me come up with ideas to make my own game. Nowadays I really enjoy spending my time programming my Marty to try to make it complete certain tasks and challenges.”