BiG Day In (Year 9-12 and university students)
The very first BiG Day In event was held at UTS in Sydney for 220 students (approximately 160 UTS students and 60 high school students) in 2012. The Big Day In is an event designed for students by students – it was designed by two interns at the ACS Foundation who had a brief to develop an event that they and their peers would like to attend.
The biggest of our BiG Day In events is held at UTS and needs to be run on 2 consecutive days. It is so popular, we fill the Great Hall to capacity each day (850 school students) and have between 30 to 40 university students attend. The first day of the 2018 UTS events was sold out before the end of Term 4, 2017.
Between 10 – 12 BiG Day In events are held nationally each year with approximately 6,000 – 6,500 students attending. We’re very proud that more than 40% of our attendees are female students, which is more than twice the industry average.
By the end of 2018, approximately 30,000 high school students will have attended a
BiG Day In event somewhere in Australia
In 2019, we expect to run 15+ events throughout Australia
BiG Day In Junior (Year 5 & 6 students)
In 2015, we held our first BiG Day In Junior event at Hilltop Road Public School in Merrylands, Western Sydney for 340 students.
The format of BiG Day In Junior events is very different from the BiG Day In – rather than a presentation style event, it is an activity based event for primary students. Students participate in between 3 and 5 sessions of around 50 minutes each throughout the day.
In 2017, we expanded the program and ran an additional Sydney event plus one each in Brisbane and Melbourne, attended by a total of 2,200 students.
In 2018, six BiG Day In Junior events will be run at PLC Perth, Grand Avenue State School in Brisbane, Malvern Valley Primary in Melbourne and in Sydney at Hilltop Road Public School Merrylands, St Ignatius’ College Riverview and Redlands Junior School in Cremorne.
Activities include programming/coding, robotics, Minecraft, computational thinking, web design, animation, app design, design thinking and presentations.
From our first event in 2015 at Hilltop Road Public School for 340 students, the programme has now grown to three events in Sydney as well as one event each in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth for a total of more than 2,600.