Did you know there are satellites that monitor crop growth from space? Or a tomato farm in the desert of South Australia that’s completely self-sufficient and sustainable?

The lucky kids from Murwillumbah heard all about these examples firsthand in a recent virtual session with National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson.

The event comes off the back of the launch of Code Club Australia’s recent lessons focused on the importance of agriculture and technology. These six coding lessons aim to inspire primary school aged kids to rethink agriculture, as a vocational pathway and a way to build a sustainable future.

“Connecting kids with where their food and fibre comes from is so important. Through the new Code Club ag projects, thousands of students around the country will get a taste of Aussie agriculture. Hopefully we’ll see a new generation of ag innovators emerge from those classrooms!”

The Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) shows that there is still a significant gap when it comes to digital equality in this country. Regional students have been disproportionately affected by Covid and this will have an ongoing effect on their educational outcomes.

Code Club and the Telstra Foundation are committed to improving the inclusion rate of students in regional and remote areas of Australia. These lessons showcase perspectives and experiences of these students in the hope that they will further engage with tech skills and see the relevance and centrality of tech on the farm.

If you’re interested in getting coding at home these lessons (and more) can be found on the Code Club website.

Watch the video of our Virtual Club with National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson here.

Interested in volunteering one hour a week to help kids learn to code? Head to the Code Club website to learn more.