The Morrison Government is supporting students from groups underrepresented in STEM to pursue their passion for digital technology.
About 60 students from Western Australia and South Australia are attending this year’s advanced digital technology summer school at the University of Western Australia in Perth.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Morrison Government had provided $1 million to the digIT summer schools to inspire students to follow their passion for digital technologies and STEM studies.
"The Morrison Government’s support of digIT gives year 9 and 10 students an opportunity to explore digital technologies through a six-month mentoring program, guest lectures, interactive workshops and field trips," Mr Tehan said.
"The digIT program particularly involves students who are disadvantaged, from rural and remote areas, and Indigenous students.
"The program increases their enjoyment, interest and confidence in IT, maths and science and makes them more likely to study these subjects in years 11 and 12.
"The Morrison Government is committed to improving the STEM skills of all young Australians to ensure they have the skills to thrive in a globalised world."
As part of the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda, our Government has allocated over $64 million to fund early learning and school STEM initiatives, including $1 million from 2016-17 to 2019-20 for digIT.
Over four years, around 240 students will benefit from the program, which is delivered by the Australian Mathematics Trust.
For more information, visit http://www.amt.edu.au/information/for-students/digit/