Geelong Region ‘Internet of Things’ Digital Technologies Program

Several of our Year 9 and 10 students from Bellarine and Senior School campuses recently completed a four-day Digital Technologies program at The Gordon in East Geelong.

Run jointly by The Gordon and Deakin University over four Tuesdays, the program enabled students to explore cutting edge technologies and develop their computational and people management skills. A key focus was on exploring how coding applications can solve real world problems and considering the profound effect that the ‘Internet of Things’ will have on everyday life. Students worked on a range of mini-projects alongside local innovators and experts in the digital technologies field.

A highlight for students was exploring the use of the 'Nao' humanoid robots, which are currently being used in real world settings in a variety of ways. For example, these robots are being used to assist children with physical rehabilitation after injury and to help some patients in critical care. Students gained experience in programming these robots, providing a fun and engaging way for them to further develop their coding and computational thinking skills, which will be an asset for future employment.

The program is offered to students each term, with limited places. There will be opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to apply to participate in the program in Term 3 or Term 4.

Brendan Vanderkley

Head of LITEhouse - ICT


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