ACS Gateway to Industry Schools Future Tech Expo Update

23 June 2021

Highlights

  • The ACS ICT Gateway to Industry Schools Program recently co-hosted a ‘Future Tech Expo’ with over 60 students from Capricornia ICT GISP schools attending.  Proudly co-hosted with the ACS Queensland Capricorn Chapter and CQU, read about how this innovative Expo has helped inspire regional tech professionals of the future.

The world is technology is changing rapidly. Exposing young people to existing and emerging technologies in order raise awareness about roles and careers in the industry is vital to build a bigger pipeline of study and employees.

The ACS ICT Gateway to Industry Schools Program recently co-hosted a ‘Future Tech Expo’ with over 60 students from Capricornia ICT GISP schools. Rockhampton State High School and St Brendan’s College brought along Digital Technologies and Digital Solutions students to get hands-on with the hardware upon which technology is built, along with the industry disciplines that are relatively new but making a significant contribution to innovation, business and Industry 4.0; Artificial Intelligence, Virtual reality and Cyber Security.

The students were split into four groups and spent 50 minutes at each rotation, undertaking experiential learning in concepts directly related to the curriculum and 21st century learning.

The day was organised in conjunction with the ACS Queensland Capricorn Chapter, hosted by CQUniversity’s Advanced Technology and Innovation Centre, with support from CQUniversity staff Roy Pigeon, Wes Heberlein, Des Pigeon and Cass Whitehead. Jim Callan from UpCycleCQ provided the hardware to explore, which was also supervised by VET IT course teachers Michael Menzies. Antony Jeyaprakash delivered a well-received session on Artificial Intelligence using Google’s teachable Machine.

If you would like more information on the ACS Gateway to Industry Schools Program for ICT (proudly supported by DESBT) and how you can get involved as an industry partner, please reach out to Project Manager Matthew Jorgensen via email [email protected]