Legacy project to cre­ate tech-savvy gen­er­a­tion


A $ 90,000 GigCity Com­mu­nity Fund grant has been awarded by Cho­rus to a net­work of tech­nol­ogy ed­u­ca­tors in Dunedin who plan to cre­ate a new gen­er­a­tion of tech­savvy youth.

Un­der the gover­nance of Con­nected Ed­u­ca­tion Trust, The Hive will bring to­gether ed­u­ca­tion providers in­clud­ing Hatch Ed­u­ca­tion, Tinker­school, Fab Lab Dunedin, and Fun Sci­ence, along­side part­ners The Mal­cam Trust and Otago Polytech­nic, to de­liver youth- ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes that work to in­spire dig­i­tal cit­i­zen­ship, cre­ativ­ity and tech skills.

The Con­nected Ed­u­ca­tion group will con­nect on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to run HIVE events and show­case their lat­est in­no­va­tions, while also de­vel­op­ing a mo­bile ed­u­ca­tion out­reach ser­vice. In this way, the group can sup­port lo­cal schools in their own teach­ing ef­forts with tech pro­grammes de­vel­oped around spe­cific techre­lated ar­eas such as ro­bot­ics, vir­tual re­al­ity, Minecraft, 3D de­sign and print­ing, plus more.

Cho­rus NZ Dunedin Li­ai­son Man­ager Kim Ste­wart says the Con­nected Ed­u­ca­tion grant cre­ates an in­spir­ing op­por­tu­nity for Dunedin’s youth that be­comes a legacy of the Gi­ga­town com­pe­ti­tion win.

Other grants awarded in this round in­clude $22,000 for Angli­can Fam­ily Care for its Pri­mary Com­mu­nity Data Project – a part­ner­ship be­tween Angli­can Fam­ily Care Cen­tre’s Fam­ily Start pro­gramme and Well South. The project aims to de­velop an elec­tronic data ex­change ware­house that al­lows client data shar­ing to im­prove health out­comes for Dunedin’s vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Univer­sity of Otago’s Ge­og­ra­phy Depart­ment, and six other or­gan­i­sa­tions (Manaaki Whenua Land­care Re­search, Te Rū­nanga o Ngāi Tahu, Orokonui Eco­sanc­tu­ary, Te Tumu, The Otago Mu­seum and Te Kura Kau­papa Māori o Ōtepoti) re­ceived $20,000 for the ‘Ahe Pepe MothNet’ project to de­velop a UFB- sup­ported game and app that en­cour­ages en­gage­ment in Te Reo Māori by test­ing users’ knowl­edge of moths while teach­ing the story of the ori­gin of moths from the Kai Tahu Lorero.

An ad­di­tional $12,000 was awarded to ChatBus to re­de­velop its web­site and mo­bile coun­selling plat­form to stream­line the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s on­line needs and al­low coun­sel­lors to up­date in­for­ma­tion re­motely.

The lat­est $147,000 of grants takes the to­tal fund­ing al­lo­cated to al­most $ 455,086 out of the $ 500,000 al­lo­cated to gig- re­lated com­mu­nity projects from Cho­rus for the Gi­ga­town win.

Ste­wart says an ad­di­tional fund­ing round – open­ing next month – will be held to al­lo­cate the fi­nal $ 44,000. “We had some im­pres­sive ideas come through in this ap­pli­ca­tion round but many of them were still in the in­cu­ba­tion stage. We’re hop­ing an ex­tra cou­ple of months will al­low or­gan­i­sa­tions to con­sider our judges’ feed­back and take the projects to the next level.”

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