The Australian Mathematics Trust has opened applications for mentors from any ICT field across WA and SA to help students get a better understanding of ICT.
digIT is a program for year 9 and 10 students who are most at risk of falling behind in the digital age, generally regional students who show an aptitude in STEM and ICT themes. Students participate in a week-long summer residential camp at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in January, followed by a six-month mentoring program, and conclude with a week-long winter residential camp back at UWA in July.
The commitment required of mentors is to attend a 1-day workshop at the January summer camp in Perth, spend at least 1 hour per month working with their mentee (teleconference) for the next six months, and then attend a further 1-day workshop at the July winter camp in Perth. Flights, meals, and accommodation are funded by the program.
Help us make a difference in allowing these students to discover their potential, and expand your own professional development in ICT. It’s the perfect way to build up your resume and have a great time doing it!
If you are interested in becoming an ICT mentor you can lodge an expression of interest at: https://goo.gl/forms/rRWZr5YufsuZVJud2
For more mentor information, check out our flyer via the link below.
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.
Forms and Information
Who is behind digIT?
The 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.