Students at Wooranna Park Primary School in Victoria, Australia are experiencing bitcoin and cryptocurrency technology first hand. Wooranna Park Primaryâs âSchool on the Blockchainâ program involves a number of initiatives designed to immerse students in blockchain technology, and has seen the school create a unique cryptocurrency called Wooranacoin.
The âSchool on the Blockchainâ Program Provides Young Students With Many Opportunities to Explore Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technology
Students ofÂ Wooranna Park Primary SchoolÂ in Australia are exploring bitcoin and cryptocurrency hands on from a young age. The âSchool on the Blockchainâ program has taken over five years to develop and has received significant support from The Blockchain Centre Melbourne.
Keiran Nolan, a former network engineer turned educational technologist who runs the program, is very enthusiastic about the benefits of young students engaging with bitcoin and cryptocurrency technology. Nolan toldÂ news.Bitcoin.comÂ that âWooranna Park is in a low socioeconomic area, historically this would mean that majority of the students at a school like ours would live their lives in low socioeconomic circumstances. This technology is empowering them to be on an even playing field with everyone else in the world, which in turn will play a major role in their futures.â
Wooranna Park Primaryâs âSchool on the Blockchainâ program provides students from years prep to grade 6 with a wide array of opportunities to explore bitcoin and cryptocurrency technology, with many students participating in blockchain-based activities on a daily basis. Nolan states that the program evolved from a 2012 initiative which hoped to create âAustraliaâs first paperless, platform agnostic, âSchool in the CloudââŚ the next logical progression from this was to try and create a âSchool on the Blockchainâ. The program is comprised of a number of initiatives, including
Minecraft on the BlockchainÂ âÂ Wooranna Park PrimaryâsÂ Minecraft serverÂ is stored via FTP on the storj.io blockchain. Itâs an international server with about 8 schools and learning spaces from all over the world collaborating. In-world, we are doing learning from numeracy and literacy to QR code building and java coding.â
Immutable Authenticated ReportingÂ â âEach classroom or âlearning environmentâ is being setup with a steemit node for what we are calling âImmutable Authenticated Reportingâ â meaning that student work is safe and secure and unchangeable using the steemit blockchain.â
Proof-of-importance (Voting) âÂ âWe are in the middle of setting up a voting system that will allow students to vote on what computer hardware we purchase for the school.â
Building Full NodesÂ â âWe are building full nodes for various blockchains for the various projects in each unit (classroom) of the school.â
Steam Blockchain CentreÂ âÂ âWe are building a facility in the school out of shipping containers that physically represents how a blockchain âlooksâ as well as functioning as a learning space for the above activitiesâŚ each Block (shipping container) is going to be running a full node as well.â
Virtual RealityÂ âÂ âWe have a couple of a HTC VIVES and a bank of Google Cardboards that have allowed the students to explore the blockchain in virtual reality using âbitcoinVRâ.â
Proof-of-ExistenceÂ â âStudents are learning about Proof-Of-Existence for their work, being able to prove for example that a photo they have taken actually belongs to them.â
The School Has Created Its Own Cryptocurrency, Called Woorannacoin
Nolan states that the studentsâ response has been âreally positive overallâŚ âThere have been some really adult discussions about where money comes from and why itâs important, proof of work vs proof of stake and the environment. One student even asked âwhy we donât have a universal basic income on the blockchain already?’â
In a world first, the primary school has created its own cryptocurrency, called Woorannacoin. Woorannacoin was originally designed to be âa voting system for students,â but has since developed into âa learning tool on how to create our own currency.â Nolan states that he ânow [has] a group of year 4 students that want to do their ownÂ ICO.â
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