HP Australia is encouraging primary and secondary schools to nominate for the second-round applications for HP Kids Fund, a $500,000 initiative to help Australian students achieve digital literacy.
Schools have until 18 June 2018 to submit a video for their chance to receive one of 50 $10,000 technology grants. Each school that submits an application will receive six months of complimentary access to Code Camp World, an e-learning platform that helps to teach kids how to code.
In the first round of the HP Kids Fund program, HP Australia received over 200 applications. The eight successful schools are now working with HP to determine how to spend their $10,000 grants, with HP technology that will best support STEM learning in their schools.
When we talk about education and technology, we need to first look at the future of work. According to McKinsey, by 2030, 8–9% of the workforce will be in occupations that don’t currently exist.
It’s believed the future of work will evolve in two stages; the gig economy, which has seen the rise of platforms such as Uber and Airbnb, and the machine economy, which will see AI and robotics drive disruption.
To ensure children have the skills necessary to thrive in the future world, HP is committed to enhancing the digital literacy of students.
“At HP we firmly believe that every Aussie kid deserves equal opportunity when it comes to their education,” said Rachael Williams, Manager, Education and Government, HP South Pacific. “The future will be shaped by technology, and it’s critical that all students receive a solid foundation in digital literacy. These are skills they will use throughout their life.”
“Having access to technology in school empowers students to learn important digital skills, and facilitates creativity, classroom engagement and collaboration between peers,” said Natasha Eaton, Principal, Peakhurst South Public School.
Entries for the second round of the HP Kids Fund program are open now and close on 18 June 2018. Winners will be announced on 16 July.
To apply, participants are required to create a short video (max. 60 seconds) that demonstrates how receiving an HP Kids Fund grant could help their school become more innovative and help students achieve better STEM learning outcomes.
To apply, or for further information visit: https://kidsfund.thehphub.com/.
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