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Victorian Government helps put robots in schools

 

 

The Victorian Government has announced $1.6 million in grant funding for the latest in digital equipment for 150 secondary schools across the state.

The equipment, which includes robots, virtual reality goggles and 3D scanners, aims to equip students for the jobs of the future.

Visiting Mount Alexander College, in the Melbourne suburb of Flemington, Education Minister James Merlino announced the new $1.6 million Digi-Tech Start-Up Grants initiative.

A total of 150 secondary schools will be allocated two robots each and provided with grants to buy specialised equipment such as digital microscopes, laser cutters, 3D printers and virtual reality goggles.

Students will be able to learn with new technology and build their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The initiative will be delivered in partnership with Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria, who will also provide professional development to teachers to build their STEM programs.

The Digi-Tech Start-Up Grants will support schools to develop their digital technology programs and prepare them for the next generation of jobs.

The Government says it has set targets to boost performance in STEM subjects as part of its plan to make Victoria the education state.

“We want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities and equipment to give our kids the best chance to succeed,” Mr Merlino said.

“This funding will give more students the ability to learn hands-on with new technology and prepare them for the jobs of the future.”