Matraville Sports High has been awarded a Digital Literacy School Grant (DLSG) to work with MCIC. The DLSG is an initiative of the Australian Government's National Innovation and Science Agenda to encourage and facilitate implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. The joint application from MCIC and Matraville Sports High was awarded a grant of $40,000 for one year.
In the short term, MCIC will help facilitate an outreach program at Matraville during Term 4. We will be working with USTEM, a UNSW outreach program, to run the SunSprint Model Solar Challenge. This is a series of workshops that let students build and race their own solar-powered model car or boat. The students will then have a chance to compete against schools from NSW and ACT in the SunSprint State Championships at UNSW Open Day in September.
In the meantime, MCIC will also work on the long term goal which is to co-plan and establish a Makerspace at Matraville Sports High. The Makerspace will have low-risk, easily mastered tools and machines to help students design and prototype STEM-based projects. We will also run training workshops to upskill the teachers and select students so that the Makerspace culture will thrive at Matraville Sports High.