Students and parents test their problem-solving skills with Scitech's Catch a Hacker
Catch a Hacker is run as part of the Alcoa Real World Digital Technologies program, which is focused on providing teachers with the tools to integrate digital technologies into daily learning.
Posted Wednesday, 26 April 2023 in
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Students and parents at Makybe Rise Primary School were the latest to test their problem-solving skills in Scitech’s learning project Catch a Hacker, which brings together the school community to decode digital technology inspired puzzles and discover the identity of the ‘Dataville Hacker’.
Focused on improving digital technology and problem-solving skills, participants are emersed in the fictional world of Dataville where a sinister hacker is on the loose. Using their knowledge of coding and digital technologies, children and families must work together to catch the hacker.
Run by Scitech, the program is held in primary schools across Kwinana, Rockingham and Mandurah as part of the Alcoa Real World Digital Technologies program, which is focused on providing teachers with the tools to integrate digital technologies into daily learning.
“Catch a Hacker is an important part of the Alcoa Real World Digital Technologies program,” Scitech Professional Learning Consultant Inette Henn said.
“While it’s a lot of fun for students, it also allows parents to get involved in their children’s learning and learn a few skills themselves.
“It’s wonderful to see parents getting into solving the puzzles, some of which can be quite challenging. It’s great when the students are able to use their knowledge to show their families how it’s done.”
Richard Meloy with daughter Olivia at Makybe Rise Primary School’s Catch a Hacker event.
Parent Richard Meloy said he really appreciated being able to come to the school for the event and that he and his daughter Olivia enjoyed the variety of puzzles.
“It was really fun working out the different strategies together,” he said. “I took the lead on one puzzle and then she took the lead on one and was showing me how to do it.”
Alcoa Real World Digital Technologies and the Catch a Hacker event is an important part of Scitech’s commitment to support teachers to further their skills and knowledge in teaching STEM skills and equip students with the necessary digital skills to adapt and thrive in future workplaces.