The Young ICT Explorers Program celebrates and motivates young people to engage in innovation and creation with ICT. In 2015, Intel Education Australia is proud to support this initiative through the donation of more than 200 Intel Galileo Development Board computers to student participants.
What is the Young ICT Explorers Program?
Young ICT Explorers is a non-profit competition, which has been created by SAP to encourage school students to create their best Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related projects. The competition aligns with the school curriculum enabling students to apply what they learn in their ICT classroom to develop a technology related project of their choice. Judging events are run across Australia and at the judging event, students have the opportunity to present their project to a judging panel of academia, industry partners and ICT professionals. Each project is assessed on the criteria of creativity, uniqueness, quality, level of difficulty and project documentation. If you would like to think about entering your students in next year’s program, take a look at the website linked at the bottom.
What is the Intel® Galileo?
The Intel® Galileo is an Arduino compatible development board computer that enables makers, students and teachers to link virtual computing with a physical device. The potential of the Galileo is limitless with the ability to attach and control motors, lights, servos, LCD displays and more as well as receive input from sensors that can detect things such as movement, light and sound. With the application of code in the Arduino environment students are limited only by their imagination!
A match made in Silicon Valley
So as you can see there is a great deal of synergy between the Intel Galileo and the Young ICT Explorers (YICTE)….with students ideas for YICTE made in-to reality with the Intel Galileo.
What types of projects are students creating?
This is what everyone at YICTE and Intel are excited about. But students and teachers are keeping their ideas close to their chests in fear of infiltration by their competition, you will just have to come along and see for yourself. Events are by invitation only, but please contact YICTE via the contact details at the bottom if you are interested.
QLD (Brisbane) – 8 August 2015
NSW – 15 August 2015
TAS – 22 August 2015
VIC – 29 August 2015
QLD (Townsville) – 5 September 2015
ACT – 12 September 2015
WA – 19 September 2015e at one of the judging events.
Teacher Training Sessions
As part of Intel’s partnership with Young ICT Explorers, together we have been running workshops across Australia and Online to assist teachers and students to become familiar with the technology. It has been an awesome adventure. We have heard countless stories of classroom innovation, been inspired by teachers’ willingness, dedication and excitement at learning how to code, the whole team never tiring of light bulb moments!
Dr. Karsten Schulz, Program Director with Digital Careers, YICTE’s awesome Digital Scientist and Engineer in residence lead teachers through a crash course in circuits and electricity and showed them how to master the art of the Arduino programming environment.
Teachers were then shown a series of publicly available take home resources in Intel’s Innovation Toolbox including the Educators Guide to the Intel Galileo, to ensure they can continue their learning journey at school with their students.
Everyone walked away feeling empowered and ready to innovate with their students.
Intel EDU would like to thank all involved in the workshop especially the teacher participants, Travis Joy, Australia Wide Manager of YICTE and Dr Karsten Schulz from Digital Careers our expert technician, scientist and master of ceremonies.
If you would like further information on YICTE or Intel’s Galileo and Innovation and Creation in the classroom programs here are some links:
Young ICT Explorers: http://www.youngictexplorers.net.au
Intel’s Innovation Toolbox: http://innovationtoolbox.intel.com.au/
Intel Galileo (Purchase): http://littlebirdelectronics.com.au/products/intel-galileo-gen-2
Intel Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org @IntelEDU
Young ICT Explorers: email@example.com
Digital Careers: Karsten.firstname.lastname@example.org