Queensland kids as young as four to learn coding, robotics

CHILDREN as young as four will be taught about digital technology in Queensland schools as the government phases in the next wave of digital reform.

While at a Year One coding class at Bulimba Primary School, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the launch of a discussion paper called #codingcounts.

"This is all about preparing students for the jobs of the future under the Advance Queensland banner through embracing new technologies," she said.

"Our plan is for all students to be global citizens who are skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with expertise in Asian languages and intercultural understanding, literacy and numeracy.

"Learning coding and applying these skills to real world problems will help students to be critical thinkers, innovators and problem solvers."

Jason  Bell talks about the CQ Junior Robotics Competition held at CQ University.
Queensland school children as young as four will be taught robotics and coding under a new state government plan

Stakeholder forums will be held in Brisbane North, Brisbane South, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Logan, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns, Toowoomba, Mackay, Ipswich, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Charleville, Longreach, Roma and Mount Isa.

Education Minister Kate Jones said about 75% of the fastest growing occupations require STEM-related skills and knowledge including coding and robotics.