Professor Palmer takes a Coding Masterclass

In a classic case of poacher turned gamekeeper, Gracie from Year 4 at St. Joseph’s became teacher for the morning when she gave the pupils at Wellesley House a lesson on Morse Code.

Under the guiding hand of John Hislop from the Monkton Stargazers, Gracie gave a talk and practical demonstration of Morse Code to an audience of Wellesley pupils from years 7, 8 and 9. The talk was part of the Youth on Air International project to introduce children to amateur radio and to promote the international possibilities for dialogue, networking and friendships this entails.  Gracie’s depth of knowledge and poise were evident as she not only explained the complexities of the code but also answered technical questions from the Wellesley pupils.

The workshop was then followed by two further talks from further St. Josephs’ alumni- Issy and Freya – who spoke about code breaking and operating a radio station.

All three girls learned their craft at the St. Joseph’s STEMETTES club for girls which was run during the course of 2018 and which introduced the girls to python coding and electronics.  The groups’ next project involves communicating with the European International Space Station so watch this space!!


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