Lauriston is a first round recipient of the new Australian Government Digital Literacy School Grants. Lauriston joins nine other schools in Victoria to be awarded funding ‘for projects that demonstrate innovative methods for driving enhanced digital literacy in schools’.

Lauriston Principal, Susan Just set-up a digital fabrication lab (FabLearn Lab) in 2014 which has enabled teachers to explore aspects of the digital technologies curriculum ahead of it being made mandatory this year.

“Projects in the FabLearn Lab encourage students to use technology in an everyday context. Our experience in the FabLearn Lab has shown teaching coding or design thinking is more engaging when it relates to an everyday need such as shelter or shoes,” says Ms Just.

“My approach to the grant process was to work within a real-life context. I am pleased the federal government has supported Lauriston’s idea to use our design thinking to address ways to break down barriers for people with a disability,” says Ms Just.

Lauriston is now in the first stages of planning the project which will be completed in collaboration with two other schools and education provider, Akorn.

The project is called We have an Opportunity and will run over a week in December.

The week will include disability inclusion education, design thinking and the ideation and creation of new prototypes using technology in the FabLearn Lab. The activities will culminate on the Friday with an exhibition of the students’ work.