Devika Learning is proud to announce the support of the Australian Government in bringing our workshops to public schools in the Wollongong Community.
This support can be seen through Devika Learning becoming a recipient of the Government’s Makers Project Stream B Grant. The grant will enable us to provide our programs with additional hardware and also make our workshops available to even more students in the public school system over the next two years at no cost for students.
The Makers Project Grant is aimed to support STEM-related events and educational activities for students under 18 years of age. This goal is delivered through partnerships with industry-focused companies such as Devika Learning who provide a focus on a specialized area (for example, technology).
The Project intends to help student’s learning capabilities through teaching them new skills and also aims to provide knowledge and experience for students in connecting them with STEM and industry-focused organizations.
The companies chosen for this grant have a heavy involvement in areas such as innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise-focused education activities. The fact that the Australian Government sees this experience as important criteria is a key reason why we are excited and proud to partner with them and to support the education system.
We believe STEM is becoming increasingly more important to students as we enter a new economic era that is highly technologically based. However, recent results in Trends in the International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), released in November 2016, shows Australia dropping from 18th to 28th out of 49 countries in Year 4 Mathematics, and from 12th to 17th in Year 8 Maths, as well as dropping from 12th to 17th in Year 8 Science but remaining steady at 25th place in Year 4 Science. Devika Learning wants to provide as much support as possible in STEM to both students and the education system and we feel like we contribute best by helping students develop their skills in technological creation.
The objective of Maker Projects is to encourage practical skills, creativity, and entrepreneurial thinking through the development of maker spaces and activities in schools and communities.
This is with the view of reaching as many students as possible, including those in regional and disadvantaged areas.
The grant will allow Devika Learning to provide students with access to a larger quantity of new hardware. This promotes students to continue their adventures exploring emerging technology in areas such as virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, and the internet of things.
This follows the support of the University of Wollongong (UOW) who have partnered with us through the Smart Building to provide a lab for the students. Through the continued support of institutions like UOW and the Australian Government, Devika Learning is able to increase support digital literacy in our local region and beyond.
Our priority at Devika Learning is to support kids who are passionate in learning the most they can within a supportive environment so if you know of any other initiatives that could help us accomplish this or if you want to help yourself, please feel free to contact us.