​​A plan for coding and robotics in Queensland state schools

Our world is changing more rapidly than at any other time with the influence of technology spreading to touch every aspect of our lives. Queensland children and young people are ready to engage in this exciting future.

We are preparing students for the jobs of the future and developing their skills in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and innovation.

Premier’s Coding Challenge #digitalwellbeingqld

Open to all Queensland students, the Premier's Coding Challenge is an annual statewide initiative for state and non-state and home-educated students from Year 3 to Year 10. The coding challenge offers great prizes and an excellent opportunity for students to code an interactive and innovative digital solution to raise awareness of digital wellbeing and help Queenslanders by providing tips to improve their digital wellbeing, including mental and physical health.

2021 winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Premier’s Coding Challenge. The winners were announced by Assistant Minister Bart Mellish MP on behalf of the Premier and Education M​inister Grace Grace at an award ceremony held at the Queensland Museum on 10 November 2021.

Years 3 and 4—Scratch

  • Individual category
    • Benjamin Gao, Warrigal Road State School
  • Pairs category
    • Alex Yu, MacGregor State School
    • Al​ice Yu, MacGregor State School

Years 3 and 4—Open

  • Individual category
    • Rian Kelaiya, West End State School

Years 5 and 6—Scratch

  • Individual category
    • Leo Li, St Peters Lutheran College
  • Pairs category
    • Lucas See, Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School (Sunnybank)
    • Harrison Tang, McGregor State School

Years 5 and 6—Open

  • Individual category
    • Romany Heaton, Cooran State School

Years 7 and 8—Python/JavaScript/HTML

  • Individual category
    • ​Isaac Atabila, Ripley Valley State Secondary College
  • Pairs category
    • Talia Hill, St Mary's College (Maryborough)
    • Indi Birch, St Mary's College (Maryborough)

Years 7 and 8—Open

  • Individual category
    • Ann Elisa Biju, Ripley Valley State Secondary College​
  • ​​Pairs category
    • ​​Jordan Bleeker, Ripley Valley State Secondary College
    • Alex Sandilands, Ripley Valley State Secondary College

Years 9 and 10—Python/JavaScript/HTML

  • Individual category
    • Bailey Sawtell, St Mary's College (Maryborough)
  • Pairs category
    • Ruban Dhaliwal, St John's Anglican College (College Ave, Forest Lake)
    • Alex Zwicker, St John's Anglican College (College Ave, Forest Lake)

Years 9 and 10—Open

  • Individual category
    • Vanessa Feng, Cleveland District State High School
  • Pairs category
    • Portia Wolff, Innisfail State College
    • Brodie Watson, Innisfail State College​

Next wave—advancing education

Schools are resourcing technology labs, investing in the skills of their teachers and engaging students in learning using the technologies of coding and robotics. The next wave is about developing every student's digital literacy, skilling young coders, nurturing young innovators and creating young entrepreneurs.


To learn more about our #codingcounts initiatives in Queensland state schools, view the #codingcounts animation and #codingcounts supporting plan (PDF, 579KB).

Extending partnerships with industry, universities and researchers to harness the creativity of the technology community and connect students and schools with cutting edge innovation.
Providing hands-on learning opportunities for students and teachers, creating virtual classrooms of coding excellence, supporting innovation in teaching, linking students to the real world of work and research.
Developing every student's digital literacy with the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies in state schools from Prep to Year 10, with teachers supported through professional development, practical teaching resources and online communities of excellence.
Sparking the imagination and passion of students by providing opportunities for young Queensland entrepreneurs to work with industry to shape their ideas, and develop business plans to solve real world challenges.

 Ideas in action

The Robotics for the future lending library introduces schools to cutting edge humanoid robots. Students use both their computational and creative thinking skills to code Pepper and Nao to address challenges around their schools as part of their Digital Technologies classes. These opportunities allow students to learn about different coding applications, the function of robotic components and how humanoid robots could be used in workplaces of the future.
Four teams from three Queensland schools competed against 16 international teams in the World Robot Challenge—Junior Category, as part of the 2018 World Robot Summit in Japan. Schools were hosted by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Students tested their skills in an international competition and worked collaboratively with teams from around the world in the Global Collaboration section of the Challenge. The 2017 champion, Merrimac State High School, was awarded the Special Junior Award in recognition of the high standard of work that the team has undertaken. An award recognising their algorithms was presented by the Japan Society for Artificial Intelligence.
The 2019 Premier’s Coding Challenge received a record 762 registrations as students from across Queensland demonstrated their coding skills to raise cybersafety awareness, or to help make Queenslanders safer online. 24 winning students shared $10,000 worth of robotics and electronics prizes either as individuals or as members of two-person teams. The awards were held at Ferny Grove State High School with awards presented by Education Minister Grace Grace.
Last updated 12 November 2021