Spinning plates, icecream carts, robot races and human pyramids – digIT camps are not your typical dry ICT events.
Sixty year 9 and 10 students from across Western Australia and South Australia found that out firsthand when they arrived at the Department of Education and Training’s digIT summer camp at The University of Western Australia in mid-January.
Students broke the ice at this year’s summer camp with a circus workshop, building new friendships and then building towers with new friends.
Over the four-day camp, students explored a range of STEM activities, including robotics, websites, apps and games tutorials with guest lectures, interactive sessions and field trips.
The robotics workshop was a student favourite, with campers programming MakerBots (mBots) using mBlock software to control different components to achieve specific tasks.
And we’d like to take a moment to welcome our new robot overlords – and the students who program them!
As well as the biannual residential camps, digIT’s six-month mentoring program also connects students with a successful ICT professional who will work with them on a specific project. At the end of camp, mentors and students were already well into the planning phase of the year’s STEM exploits.
Administered by the The Australian Mathematics Trust, the digIT program has seen 180 students from around Australia participate, with around 60 per cent of students from rural and regional Australia and 38 percent being young women.
For more information on the digIT program or its camps head to our digIT page.