C-it B-it: an exclusive STEM program for Australia’s leading secondary schools

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When the Microsoft Surface and Education team spoke to young high school students about the types of career pathways they could take after school, it became very evident that the only limitation to their aspirations was what they had been exposed to.

So, we’ve delivered a program to inspire young people to pursue careers in STEM – If you SEE -it, you can BE -it (C-it B-it). Run by Microsoft in partnership with Education Changemakers, the program’s goals are to:

  • Expose students to young, engaging and highly innovative STEM professionals.
  • Equip students with real-world, hands-on STEM skills.
  • Build their confidence as inventors of STEM products.

Students and teachers have jumped on the program, enthused by these goals as well as the opportunities to use new and emerging technologies.

How can my school get involved?

C-it B-it is a free program but is only for invited schools, and it’s designed for a secondary-level class of up to 30 students. If you are interested in identifying a group of up to 30 students for the 2021 C-it B-it program, please contact us.

How each School benefits from C-it B-it

Four hour face-to-face workshops over the course of the year are offered to each participating school, leading students and teachers through the term’s activities with the support of the STEM teacher. Loan Surface Pro devices are sent for the duration of the program and all the hands-on resources, including workbooks and video guides, needed to easily engage with C-it B-it.

Also every term, students have a chance to enter their innovation into a design challenge and compete nationally for some great Surface swag to be awarded in Term 4!

What can Students get to experience at C-it B-it in 2021?

Using a Surface Pro, students will:

  • Measure flexion of fingers on a robotic hand they build and wire up
  • Measure pressure exerted on the feet of astronauts and the reduction in pressure they can achieve through the design of astro-socks
  • Design an epic music video with neon light effects

Macinley Butson (2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year) talks STEM to students

Macinley Butson, a 19-year-old inventor and 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year, joined students to share her journey to an innovative and fulfilling STEM career.

Want more? Access the full C-it B-it playlist of inspiring videos.

Access Teacher Resources

The program is designed for teachers to run in their STEM classes, with comprehensive resources supplied to every teacher.