Five Auckland schools make the shortlist for FIT programme
Posted on 01 May 2017
We’re thrilled to announce the schools shortlisted for our Future Innovators in Tech (FIT) programme.
The programme aims to encourage young kiwis to gain tech-centric skills by improving access to tools and education through a $10,000 grant to schools.
In total 25 primary, intermediate and secondary school applied for the grant, with five being selected for the shortlist by a panel of judges made up of Potentia’s executive directors.
To take part in the programme, schools were required to submit an outline of how they would use the grant to grow learning and interest. “We were really impressed by the initiative and commitment among teachers to introduce kiwi school children to coding from Year 1, encourage them to be innovators and integrate new technologies into the classroom such as virtual reality and robotics,” said Nathan Bryant-Taukiri, Potentia's Managing Director. “Many of the schools shortlisted are looking for ways to embed technology as a core part of learning, with a key goal of helping it become second-nature.”
Shortlist for the 2017 Potentia Future Innovators in Tech $10,000 grant:
1. Mairangi Bay School (primary)
2. Marist College (secondary)
3. Sunnyhills School (primary)
4. Taupaki School (primary)
5. The Gardens School (primary)
An online poll on the company’s Facebook page will be held to select a winner from 1 - 8 May 2017.
“There is a need for kids to learn how to wield technology and to grow up to work in the tech sector. There is a shortage of skilled tech workers and engaging the future generation makes sense,” adds Bryant-Taukiri. “The potential to build a rewarding career is limitless.”