digIT 2017 draws to a close

The group of 2017 digIT students

The group of 2017 digIT students

Fifty-five students from regional and remote areas of Australia have wrapped up the digIT 2017 program by coming together to talk about pathways into ICT, present projects and pitch solutions on how to solve some of the world’s problems.

The three-day residential camp brings to a close the six-month digIT program, combining two residential camps and a mentoring program. Central to these camps is the development of algorithmic thinking and coding skills.

ICT-related careers and opportunities are becoming ever more important in the workforce as non-traditional employers of STEM graduates recognise the value of these skills. Students participated in a careers panel with John Rogan and Kimberley Apted from Optiver, and Jim Mussared from GrokLearning and Google, where they asked questions about how to get into ICT employment/positions and what it is like working in the field.

The students also presented the projects they had been working on over the past six months with their mentors. These included a working robotic arm, adventure games, a gravity simulator, a home network set up, and a solution to solve a school website problem. They then took part in a ‘think and pitch’ session, similar to Shark Tank: students came up with ideas including apps to assist the elderly and enfeebled, as well as wearable technology to translate sign language to text.

The group finished on a high note with a trip to the Powerhouse Museum.

Noah and Sam from Armidale High School show Mr Jan Honnens (digIT Program Director) how their project works

Noah and Sam from Armidale High School show Mr Jan Honnens (digIT Program Director) how their project works

digIT is a six-month program that combines two residential camps and a mentoring program, for year 8 and 9 students with an interest in ICT. The program particularly targets students from underrepresented groups such as disadvantaged, rural/remote and Indigenous.

For more information about the digIT program for 2018, contact us at digIT@amt.edu.au. If you are an ICT professional and are interested in being a part of the digIT program, we would like to hear from you.

The digIT program is run by the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT – www.amt.edu.au). The ICT Summer Schools initiative (digIT) is an initiative of and funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Education and Training.