digIT summer schools to train Australian children in ICT skills

The Department of Education and Training in Australia funded the digit program to create ICT Summer Schools in different regions of the country. The program, which forms part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, seeks to increase the participation of youth in STEM related fields while improving national digital literacy.

digIT mainly supports students from 8th and 9th grade from under-represented communities that have not participated in the Australian Digital Technologies curriculum. The organizers of the program are the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) and the Australian Science Innovations with additional support from some other agencies including CSIRO and ATSIMA.

It consists in a six-month program that includes residential camps and personalized mentoring through guest lectures, interactive sessions and field trips. It intends to enhance the students’ algorithmic thinking capacity and programming skills as well as decreasing the digital divide.

Sources: Tenter Field Star