Dr Jason Holdsworth - Round 1, 2017 Champion

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Programming and robotics journey in the North

Jason Holdsworth is a university academic on a journey to engage and enthuse his local community in digital technologies. He’s a popular IT teacher at James Cook University, with expertise in computer programming and educational robotics.

Jason works with schools and computer clubs on several activities, ultimately aiding transitions to careers in digital technologies. His aim is to help as many as he can.

Jason enjoys living in and supporting his home town of Cairns in Far North Queensland. Many of the community initiatives he is involved with in Cairns are done outside of his work at James Cook University. He doesn’t charge because he’s simply happy to be helpful in the community he loves. Jason has contributed by:

  • supporting and promoting the Coding Counts initiative at schools
  • developing community and school clubs for coding, IoT, mobile technology and robotics
  • coordinating a yearly school technology roadshow to promote digital careers, including enlisting the aid of current university IT students
  • supporting the first schools’ start-up event at Smithfield High School
  • providing in-class support to students in Years 2–10 at various schools
  • providing technical advice and professional development to teachers.

Jason also has an Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grant to support his program She Flies: Using Drones to build STEM Confidence in Girls.

As a digital champion, Jason plans to create a YouTube channel called CrunchyCodes with lots of short faded-learning style videos about educational programming, 2D/3D computer modelling, and mobile programming. He will continue to help schools, teachers and community clubs in a variety of programing and robotics activities.

Jason is nominated by: James Cook University.

Programming and robotics journey in the North

Jason Holdsworth is a university academic on a journey to engage and enthuse his local community in digital technologies. He’s a popular IT teacher at James Cook University, with expertise in computer programming and educational robotics.

Jason works with schools and computer clubs on several activities, ultimately aiding transitions to careers in digital technologies. His aim is to help as many as he can.

Jason enjoys living in and supporting his home town of Cairns in Far North Queensland. Many of the community initiatives he is involved with in Cairns are done outside of his work at James Cook University. He doesn’t charge because he’s simply happy to be helpful in the community he loves. Jason has contributed by:

  • supporting and promoting the Coding Counts initiative at schools
  • developing community and school clubs for coding, IoT, mobile technology and robotics
  • coordinating a yearly school technology roadshow to promote digital careers, including enlisting the aid of current university IT students
  • supporting the first schools’ start-up event at Smithfield High School
  • providing in-class support to students in Years 2–10 at various schools
  • providing technical advice and professional development to teachers.

Jason also has an Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grant to support his program She Flies: Using Drones to build STEM Confidence in Girls.

As a digital champion, Jason plans to create a YouTube channel called CrunchyCodes with lots of short faded-learning style videos about educational programming, 2D/3D computer modelling, and mobile programming. He will continue to help schools, teachers and community clubs in a variety of programing and robotics activities.

Jason is nominated by: James Cook University.