For several years the University of Wollongong have been relieving parents from some of the school holiday stress by providing workshops through their In2Uni Learning Labs. In 2017, Devika Learning will be joining them.
Over the July school holidays Devika will be running a series of full-day workshops from out of the UOW main campus. Teaching skills such as coding and virtual reality development, the workshops will offer programs for students from year 3 – 10.
Our workshops will include,
- Coding With Scratch: Students in years 3-4 will be taught how to program their own interactive stories, games and animations while learning the basics of coding and creative problem-solving.
- Coding With Touch: Year 5-6 students are also being offered the chance to learn coding. This workshop will use Touch Develop to introduce students to creative coding, working collaboratively and how build with drop and dag development.
- Intro to Virtual Reality Development: For high school students, we’re running workshops that will introduce them to the world of virtual reality development. By the end of this workshop students will know how to use game engine Unity, be able to build their own VR project and have a good understanding about where the VR industry is heading.
This is Devika’s first year running workshops as part of UOW’s Learning Labs, but the demand for our workshops is already high. A whopping 98 students selected for the Learning Labs program chose our “Intro to Virtual Reality Development” workshop as their first choice. Unfortunately this means we were unable to accept every student. Luckily, we are running the same workshop over a 10 week period next semester so no one has to miss out.
As with our regular technology workshops, the Learning Labs workshops will approach education from a fun, “gamification” angle. This means students will be taught how to code and develop using games – a far more enjoyable and engaging approach to learning than conventional teaching methods. After all, these kids are still supposed to be on holidays – we want them to be enjoying themselves!
Since beginning in 2016 the Devika Learning program has grown significantly to accommodate demand for our workshops. More and more, students (and their parents) are recognising a technology gap in the Australian curriculum. Skills in tech will be of vital importance to the jobs of tomorrow. By teaching these skills now, Devika hopes to get as many kids as possible ready for the careers of the future.
UOW’s In2Uni program seeks to provide lifelong learning and educational engagement. From year 1 to post-high school, the program wants to encourage people to stay connected to education throughout their lives.