Empowering through code
<Hello World/> is an extracurricular program designed to engage high school students from refugee backgrounds with expanded career options in technology – a growth sector of the future. In partnership with technology companies, these students will gain exposure to workplaces, learn coding skills and receive mentoring from industry specialists.
Who is it for
The program is targeted towards refugee or newly arrived migrant background Year 11 students in Sydney. The course assumes little to no experience in coding and allows students to learn from scratch. However, more challenging tasks and content are available to cater for any experienced coders.
What do we provide
Through a series of online and in-person workshops, students will learn the basics of Python coding and will be able to demonstrate their ability to read, write and debug code while working with different functions and data structures. Python is one of the most widely used general-purpose programming languages and this competency can be directly applied to the students’ future studies and career. The course encourages creative thinking by introducing the students to a range of problem-solving and design thinking methodologies. Students will apply their coding skills to develop a technological solution that addresses an identified challenge allowing them to put their newly developed skills to practise.
Partnerships with technology companies provide students with the opportunity to interact with a range of experts in the technology sector and find out more about career paths in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). This collaboration and mentorship allows students to start building their professional network and reimagine their own future career possibilities.