The Andrews Labor Government is giving schools the latest digital equipment — like robots, virtual reality goggles and 3D scanners – to keep kids at the forefront of emerging technology and equip them for the jobs of the future.
Visiting Mount Alexander College and observing the school’s digital technologies program today, Minister for Education James Merlino announced the new $1.6 million Digi-Tech Start-Up Grants initiative.
150 secondary schools will be allocated two robots each and provided with grants to buy specialised equipment such as digital microscopes, laser cutters, 3D printers and virtual reality goggles.
Students will be able to learn with new technology and build their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The initiative will be delivered in partnership with Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria, who will also provide professional development to teachers to build their STEM programs.
The Digi-Tech Start-Up Grants will support schools to develop their digital technology programs and prepare them for the next generation of jobs.
The Andrews Labor Government has set targets to boost performance in STEM subjects as part of its plan to make Victoria the Education State.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“We want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities and equipment to give our kids the best chance to succeed.”
“This funding will give more students the ability to learn hands-on with new technology and prepare them for the jobs of the future.”