A Scitech program is helping Singleton Primary School teachers equip students for a digitally-focused future. The Alcoa Real World Digital Technologies program aims to increase teacher confidence and capability in incorporating digital technology into daily teaching. The program is providing teachers with support and resources, including a class set of micro:bits — pocket-sized computers that students use across all subjects. Singleton PS is one of four in the Peel region participating in the program this term. Year 5 and 6 teacher Lisa Williams said students had “thoroughly enjoyed coding with their micro:bits”. “They are highly engaged during our whole class coding tutorials, following along with enthusiasm,” she said. “They have applied their knowledge, created some creative codes and shared their understanding with each other. “Students will be at the forefront of future technological advances and need to be ready for and able to adapt to digital change.” Colleague Andrew Clouting is one of six teachers from the school involved in the program. “With teachers participating throughout the school, we will increasingly have a student cohort that are developing their digital technology skills in-line with the curriculum,” he said. “It’s been brilliant to see the students independently apply their problem-solving skills to the tasks and observe their genuine enthusiasm and reactions to completing a challenge successfully.” As part of the program, parents will join students in the problem-solving Catch a Hacker event to see their child’s knowledge and skills in action. Alcoa social investment manager Rebecca Miniken said the business recognised digital literacy was a “critical factor in academic success”. “We are really proud to be working alongside Scitech to ensure children in the communities where we operate have the opportunity to learn digital skills from an early age,” she said.