Based on its delivery of a suite of successful science outreach initiatives funded by Inspiring Australia, digital media organisation dlux media arts has won $600,000 funding from the Australia Council for the Arts.
The dLab Program is a mobile tool kit and learning methodology that responds to community interests by providing a creative bridge between local knowledge and science learning.
Since 2011, dLux has been collaborating with local communities in regional Australia to develop local skills and culturally relevant content through creative science programs. The program focuses on young people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds, particularly young women.
To date, the program has reached 1, 195 participants with 71.4% being young women aged 14 – 19 years and more than 70% from Indigenous backgrounds.
Inspiring Australia funded initiatives have been presented with communities in Wagga Wagga, Wilcannia, Kempsey and Darwin.
Participants begin by learning how to use digital media to introduce themselves to the community and tell their stories. They are also introduced to the basics of science and technology and learn a diverse range of digital applications including architectural projection mapping, cultural mapping and open source networks.
Public presentations are then delivered in the community to showcase their work. You can find out about what we have been creating here.
Among projects planned for 2014 are workshops exploring the creative applications of practical electronics with Indonesian artist, Andreas Siagian and a range of projects to build sustainability.
We are grateful for the support of the Inspiring Australia initiative that has enabled the dLab National Program to establish a solid foundation for community and cultural development in regional Australia and look forward to extending our program into other areas.
For more information about the dLab National Program contact Alexia Estrellado, Program Manager.
Written by Alexia Estrellado.