In 2018, the ME Program partnered with Newie Ventures to run an Internet of Things Challenge for 3 Hunter High schools: Newcastle Grammar School, Belmont High School and St Catherine’s Catholic College.
Consisting of an IoT Workshop, IoT Challenge Coaching Session and Challenge Event, the course was a hands-on introduction to the technology and skills involved in the IoT landscape, as well as the benefits and pitfalls promised by the emerging market. It was a practical, personalised, introductory instruction on the basics of the IoT landscape. Students learnt about, assembled, tested, and evaluated a selection of industry standard hardware & software.
Higher IoT concepts such as privacy, security, and big data were also introduced and discussed. Students will be able to demonstrate newly acquired skills and knowledge to their parents, teachers, peers and wider industry.
The IoT Challenge which took place in Term Four and was a great success according to Newie Ventures, Chris Evans.
“This was the first year of our partnership with RDA Hunter to deliver the IoT program and I’m very satisfied with the results.”
“From Newie Ventures perspective, the primary goal of the course was to introduce students to the fundamental principles of IoT. It was also a valuable exercise in advanced presenting.
I was very impressed with how the students managed to achieve this – in fact they outdid my expectations. We’re looking forward to developing the project further next year.” Chris continued.