School in talks for tech studio

A potential technological boost for Carisbrook School pupils and families would also benefit the entire South Dunedin community.

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 technology centre.

''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.''


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