A potential technological boost for Carisbrook School pupils
and families would also benefit the entire South Dunedin
Carisbrook School has signed a memorandum of intent with the
High Tech Youth Network, to explore the potential of a High
Tech Youth Studio on school grounds.
Last week the Government announced $1.9 million would be
spend on establishing two High Tech Youth Studios, with one
being in South Dunedin.
The High Tech Youth Network provides free spaces where young
people aged 8-25 can develop technological skills in areas
such as computing and robotics, and is funded through public
and private sponsorship.
Carisbrook School principal Ben Sincock said since the merged
school opened in 2011 there had always been a plan to develop
a central technology hub to connect the two campuses.
The idea behind the hub was for both pupils and the wider
school community to have access to technology which was not
available in their homes, Mr Sincock said.
When the school learnt of the High Tech Youth Network, it was
very keen to try to combine the idea with its planned
''The jobs of the future will be about being creative and
knowing what you can do with technology, not just knowing how
to use it.''
Any technology centre would also act as a drop-in centre for
families and others in the community to use technology.
While nothing had been made official and the tech studio was
still in the consultation phase, Mr Sincock said he was happy
at the progress of the talks.
High Tech Youth Network chief executive Mark Usmar said he
was excited by the enthusiasm showed by Carisbrook school,
despite nothing being finalised.
Youth studios were about building skills which would help the
local and national economy, Mr Usmar said.
''One of the goals of the High Tech Youth Network is
community transformation and most of the students who go
through our studios stay in their communities after they
finish and contribute.''