Sacred Heart Geelong Wins Grant To Engage Girls In Digital Technologies
A Sacred Heart College Geelong partnership has been awarded the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training 2018/19 ‘Digital Literacy in Schools’ grant of $50,000.
Sacred Heart College is the only Victorian Secondary School to be awarded the grant. Over 1,750 schools from Australia entered applications; only 60 schools were selected, making it a 3.5% success rate!
The grant was awarded after Sacred Heart College formed a partnership with Deakin University’s School of Engineering, its head of school, Professor Karen Hapgood, as well Dr Shama Islam and Dr Clara Usma. The Bradbury Club is an innovative collaboration between the College’s students and staff, and academics from some of Australia’s leading universities: Deakin University, University of Sydney and University of Melbourne.
The students acknowledged that digital technologies are amongst the fastest growing sectors of national and international economies; however, women are traditionally under-represented in digital/STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and careers. The funding will support the development of educational ‘kits’ for and programming ‘wearable’ digital devices.
In the first year of the project, students from the Bradbury Club will survey their peers to determine three types of new wearable kits, eg., clothing, jewellery, that involve interdisciplinary collaboration such as coding, science, music/arts, health/physical education and deliver the outcomes of the digital technologies curriculum. The second year will see the kits trialled and evaluated across multiple subjects and year levels, and then disseminated to other schools.
Once developed, the kits will be introduced to students throughout Sacred Heart College Geelong to engage girls in digital technologies. Optimised kits will then be disseminated to other schools via the new Geelong Tech School Hub and Geelong Art Gallery.
The students were very excited to be presented with the Grant by the Honourable Richard Marles MP, who was very impressed with the students and their research.
Such an amazing achievement. Congratulations Sacred Heart College Geelong!