Supporting students who are most at risk in falling behind in the digital age.
In a fun and supportive environment, the students will grow in confidence and ability while expanding their critical thinking, programming and problem-solving skills.
digIT is a six-month program that combines two residential camps and a mentoring program, for year 9 and 10 students with an interest in ICT. Central to these camps will be the development of algorithmic thinking and coding 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.
Who is it for?
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 9 and 10, who are disadvantaged, rural/remote and/or Indigenous.
In 2020 the program is coming to Queensland; students from Queensland, Northern Territory and northern NSW will be represented.
How does it work?
The residential camps help the students to explore all aspects of ICT through guest lectures, interactive sessions, practicals and field trips. 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.
Who supports digIT?
We run the program and the ICT Summer Schools initiative (digIT) is an initiative of and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education.
We are always looking for adult mentors for this program. We are looking for technology professionals working in industry, academia and government in Australia, as well as current tertiary students. If you are interested, please fill in this form. (The form should take you less than 15 minutes to complete. You will need the contact information of 1 referee. The form is designed so that all fields are compulsory. Please write N/A if necessary.)