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. Central to these camps will be the development of algorithmic thinking and coding skills.
In a fun and supportive environment, the students will grow in confidence and ability whilst expanding their critical thinking, programming and problem-solving skills. They will make new friends, be exposed to outstanding role models, practise new skills, and deepen their understanding of what their future may hold in the field of ICT.
What is involved?
The residential camps enable the students to explore all aspects of ICT through guest lectures, interactive sessions, practicals and field trips. The camps occur in the January and July school holidays and mark the start and end of the program.
The mentoring program sees each student matched with a mentor recruited from a variety of ICT backgrounds. Together they construct personal goals for the student. This might include discussing study options and career pathways, undertaking further extension work with support from their mentor, developing ideas based on learnings from the camp or working on a project.
digIT is an invitational program. Students are invited based on their performance in the Australian Mathematics Competition and the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition, or by recommendation from their teacher. The program will be particularly targeted towards students under-represented in ICT or STEM subjects in years 8 and 9, who are disadvantaged, rural/remote and/or Indigenous.
For more information contact Vanessa Kates on digIT@amt.edu.au or phone 02 6125 6228.
Tutors and Mentors
If you are an ICT professional and are interested in being a part of the digIT program, we are interested in hearing from you.
Who is behind digIT?
The program is being run by the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT – www.amt.edu.au) through generous support by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. It is part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda’s ‘Inspiring all Australians in digital literacy and STEM’ measure.