This year’s Student Ambassador Program kicked off back in March when our ambassadors joined us at the Tech School to learn and create projection art to be displayed in our exhibition space as a collaborative installation. Like most things in 2020, our original ideas for this program didn’t go quite to plan.
Following the move to remote learning, we adapted our program to run a number of online sessions that still provided our ambassadors with the opportunity to engage with a variety of our core technologies and build their digital literacy, communication and teamwork skills. Students were also able to develop their networks and stay connected with young people from across Melbourne’s north as the remaining sessions were ran in collaboration with the Banyule Nillumbik Tech School.
In May, Student Ambassadors took on the role of game designers using Microsoft MakeCode Arcade to create socially-distanced games to help bring communities together whilst remaining physically apart. In July, students had the opportunity to learn digital design skills using Adobe Illustrator and created some stunning artworks for their own printed apparel. In September, using Autodesk TinkerCAD, they learnt how to 3D model as an extension of our Rosetta Tomorrow program that ran during Science Week. In October, our virtual workshop included some hands-on learning using micro:bit microcontrollers that were mailed out to students to practice their programming skills.
Today was our final session where we gave our ambassadors the choice to extend one of their digital skills from the previous sessions. We then celebrated the 2020 program with the young people showcasing what they had created throughout the year, and then we asked our Student Ambassadors what they would like to see in our 2021 program.
Our STEM Communication Officers have thoroughly enjoyed working with our Student Ambassadors, and we thank them for their enthusiasm throughout the year.
If you are or know a Year 7-10 student from our partner schools who would be interested in our 2021 program, get in touch with the Teacher Ambassadors at your school.
The tech school ambassador workshops have been great for increasing my skills in all manner of ways! Thank you for putting in your all to help us learn these amazing new skills!
It was an amazing experience, I hope I get to do it again next year!