GRLLEN Newsletter #3

Good afternoon!
We hope you are having a good week, and enjoyed a relaxing long weekend.
Lots to report from the Geelong Region LLEN team this week:
Our Expansive Learning Network event; 'Robots, Digital Disruption, New Tech and the future of work' has been postponed until later in the year.  We received a great deal of interest in this event but realise that, due to the short lead-time, it was hard for people to be able to get there.  We are now exploring hosting this event in parallel with the Pivot Summit, sometime in October.  Our next ELN event will be held in June, and will explore how education and training plays a role in preparing the next generation of workers to operate successfully in the new world of work and the gig economy.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page and the website for further details as they become available.

Upcoming events

Yr. 10 students interested in a career in the growing community services and health sector should check out the upcoming Barwon Health 'Careers in Health' work experience program.
Dates: 7-11 May OR 30 July - 3 August
Applications close Tuesday 27th March. 
Interested students should speak to their school careers counsellor to find out more or download the flyer and application form

LED Fun Workshop
FRIDAY 16 MARCH 6pm-9pm
At Creative Geelong, you'll have the chance to dive into the fun side of electronics and create and KEEP your own LED Fun project. Build your own "one-chip computer" with resident mechatronics engineer Sam Jones!

Join us in this three (3) hour soldering workshop and learn basic soldering techniques for $50. In this hands-on workshop we will guide you step-by-step so that you gain a deeper understanding of how circuit boards are put together.
Pick 1 of 8 fun projects to make and keep:
*Random LEDs                       *Binary Countdown Alarm
*Reaction Speed Game          *Blinking Face
*Doorbell                                 *Electronic Dice
*Memory Tester                       *Variable Chaser
Book here

Girls <Code2> Program

Providing girls from grade 5 to year 10 (11-16 years) with a practical foundation in computer programming, computer literacy and software development. GIRLS [Code2] will run in Terms 2, 3 and 4 in 2018 with each term covering a new core block of learning over the 10 weeks.
Each learning block will focus on a particular core project that aims to offer a diverse and imaginative environment for girls to learn and have fun with programming. The projects will be designed to be stand alone, but can also flow from one project to another. In this way girls can join at the start of any learning block (Term) and still find value in the outcomes for each project.
TERM 2 - Web Design “Make a Web Blog”
* HTML, CSS & JS code
* Website Design
* Graphic design & wireframing
* Understanding development software
* Using cloud computing and hosting
* Open source & copyright
WHEN? Wednesday, 4PM - 5.30 PM. 18th of April to 20th of June, 2018
COST: $200 for Term 2 ($20 per class)
Book here

Local news

Deakin University, University of Melbourne and Creative Geelong's three part documentary films Hubcaps to Creative Hubs are now live for viewing on the project's website here

The premiere screening event hosted by Creative Geelong's Jennifer Cromarty saw over 260 people view the films and hear from the project team via interviews with researchers Dr Cristina Garduno Freeman (University of Melbourne) and Dr Fiona Gray (Deakin University), and filmmaker Nicholas Searle at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre on 1 March 2018.

News from around the web

Full-time jobs are few and far between - if you're new to the labour force - The Guardian
Women make up only 16% of Australia's STEM fields and that's a problem - Foundation for Young Australians
UberX drivers working for half the minimum wage, new report shows - ABC News
Don't be so sure about the best way to get a good job - The Age
VCE students to face minimum numeracy, literacy standards under proposed shake-up - ABC News

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