Liam Kelly-Payne attended- DigIT CAMP 2018

Sixty Victorian and Tasmanian school students headed back to the classroom mid January to take part in the 2018 digIT program, administered by the Australian Mathematics Trust. Year 9 student, Liam Kelly-Payne was one of those selected to attend, based on his CAT and AMC results. 


These students are some of the most enthusiastic in Australia and they’re making Australia’s National Innovation and Science Agenda a reality. Girls feature strongly this year making up 42% of the participants, an increase of 9% on 2017 participation rates.


The six-month digIT program targets those students most likely to be at risk of missing out on engaging with ICT.  It combines two residential camps (January and July) enabling students to explore all aspects of ICT, through programming and practical tutorials, guest lectures, interactive sessions and field trips. A six-month mentoring program gives students the opportunity to connect with a successful ICT professional who will work with them on a specific project. 

digIT supports the development of creative thinking, problem solving and digital technologies, skills that are critical to prepare our students for the jobs of the future. It also aims to increase students’ awareness about the pathways for study and work with ICT professions. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, ‘some STEM-related jobs, such as ICT professionals...have grown at about 1.5 times the rate of other jobs in recent years. (1)


The Australian Mathematics Trust digIT summer camp ran from 12 to 16 January 2018, with support from Monash University.


digIT is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, through the Inspiring All Australians in Digital Literacy and STEM – Embracing the Digital Age program, part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Liam wrote about his experience.


"Once I was asked if I wanted to go, I had to write an application. I made it in. When I was going to the camp, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it or if it would be worthwhile. At the camp, I did many cool things, including robotics and game design. Staying at a university was fun because I had common rooms I could go to. I made lots of new friends and look forward to going again in July this year."

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