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Monday, 26 October 2015 23:38

ACS Foundation expands Big Day In schools program


The ACS Foundation is broadening its Big Day In career information program, expanding it to include primary school children.

The program, which exposes young people to careers in IT&T, will now take its message to Hilltop Road Public School in Merrylands in Western Sydney.  The program will expose the school’s 32 Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 students to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathermatics) based activities.

The ACS says that so far this year, the BiG Day In program has encompassed 11 events nationally and attracted over 5,600 attendees from 281 schools.

John Ridge AM, Executive Director of the ACS Foundation, said: “We’ve been wanting to take a highly motivating version of BiG Day In to a younger audience for some time. It’s vital that we help plant in the minds of junior students the link between STEM subjects and fascinating, challenging, remunerative careers in the future.

“In collaboration with the amazingly committed and innovative staff at Hilltop Rd PS, we’ve created a hands-on, activity-based day - these kids are in for some serious fun.”

The BiG Day In Junior at Hilltop Road Public School will run across the day’s five periods with the BiG Day In crew presenting a packed program of structured, curriculum-based sessions to 11 classes. Highlights include building a model F1 racing car from cardboard and racing it, using compressed air (these models can reach speeds of up 60-80 km an hour!), Minecraft activities, a Robo Cup, coding classes and computational thinking.

Each child will receive a showbag with a branded t-shirt and “noise cancelling” head set. To ensure the conversation continues, parents and teachers in the area have been invited to attend the day as observers.

Natalie See, Principal of Hilltop Road Public School, said: “We pride ourselves on delivering outstanding education. Our school is a leader in embedding innovative technology into our teaching environments to enable increased opportunities for our students.

“The BiG Day In will not only capture the imagination of those students who already love playing and learning with technology, but more importantly, will open the eyes of so many who don’t yet understand the boundless possibilities that the STEM subjects offer.”

From the pilot program with Hilltop Road Public School, the ACS Foundation says it hopes to find the presentation partners and sponsors to design a nationwide program for BiG Day In Junior.

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Peter Dinham - an iTWire treasure is a mentor and coach who volunteers also a writer and much valued founding partner of iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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