Junior Scientia: Years 3 - 6

September 2017 program

The Junior Scientia Program is designed for gifted and talented primary school students in years 3-6. The program features a 3-day workshop. The courses are developed and presented by teachers qualified in gifted education and aim to encourage the interests and curiosity of gifted children. The level of difficulty in the courses is generally two years above the enrolled school level of the child, providing a rigorous and challenging program for gifted students.

Are you a student in Years 3 – 6 at an Australian primary school? Are you bright, intellectually inquisitive and looking for something more challenging, more intellectually demanding, and more fun than you may sometimes experience in school? Would you like to take part in program that will really stretch your mind?

The next GERRIC Student program will run 26, 27, 28 September 2017.

Registrations have closed

Years 3 and 4

Map for all Years 3 and 4 Workshops Quadrangle Building (PDF)

ARTrithmetic for Creative Geniuses with Daryle Newman

What does Math have to do with Art you say? Everything! In the workshop, you will learn the art of Size, Perspective, Proportion, Pattern, Shape, Space and of course Composition as we explore all the important aspects of drawing. You will be surprise at how easily you can learn to draw by engaging both the left and right side of your brain to create a body of work including lifelike portraits, stunning landscapes, crazy abstracts, thought provoking narratives and classic still life artworks. Get ready to Draw, Draw, Draw!

Ignite Coding

Take your coding skills to stratospheric new heights with Code Camp Ignite! This is an itermediate to advanced coding workshop for student that are ready to build on their existing skills and create new apps with increasingly complex logic, more code, behaviours and problem solving. Experience drag-and-drop coding, as well as line coding in this program. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with pure JavaScript - the language of the web!

Chess for Beginners

Chess is often referred to as the game for the mind, as many consider it to be the ultimate test of concentration, intellect, logic and creativity. Are you ready to exercise your mind in a fun way? Do you want to learn the game considered the oldest and greatest skill game in the world? In this workshop, students will be introduced to the game with a brief historical overview (that is, how each piece reflects medieval times) and become familiar with all the pieces and how they play (rules of chess). Basic tactics and strategies will also be shared with students that will help them develop their game play. Students will come to understand basic chess notation while experiencing various chess puzzles and strategies to unlock their secrets.

Switch on to Electricity with Marie McGregor

We can’t see it. We can’t smell it…but where would we be without it. Electricity lights up our world, gives us music to dance, games to play to and even keeps our heart beating. 

Did you know that there is electricity in your body right now? Or have you ever wondered why birds sitting on power lines don’t get electrocuted? Even more curious…did you know that you could use lemons to light a bulb?

In this workshop you will explore electrical energy. You will investigate the creation and transfer of energy through hands-on investigations. You will create electrical circuits using buzzers, bulbs, motors and switches. You will learn about and test conductors and insulators and finally design a challenging electrical game.

The Games People Play with Tim Huang

Toys and games reflect the culture of our times and they have always incorporated the evolution of new technologies. In this challenging workshop you will take your first steps in designing your own toys and games. We work together to build a conceptual framework for toys and game development from first principles, including the origins of toys and games and the psychology of why people play games. Toys and game designers draw on popular culture and diverse knowledge and skills. Psychology, literature, computers, art, architecture, mathematics, physics, ergonomics, safety and marketing are some of the learning curves you will be starting. Get ready for some serious fun!

Write like Rowling with Jennifer Wong

Do you love reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone over and over again? Do you want to know how J.K. Rowling created such a masterpiece? In reference to her book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling has been acclaimed for 'using narrative devices with flair and originality and delivering a complex and demanding plot in the form of a hugely entertaining thriller'. Therefore, exploring the language, themes, characters and events of this novel is a must for all reading and writing enthusiasts. This workshop will explore these features through participation in games, discussions, story mapping, group work, creative writing and dramatic activities.

Years 5 and 6

Map for Year 5-6 Workshops listed in the Quadrangle (PDF)

Conversations in Conservation with Laurie Strommer (Quadrangle)

Everyone wants to save the whales (and the reef and the rainforest). But how? In this workshop, you will explore questions about ecology, evolution and conservation through a series of hands-on activities. You will unravel DNA sequences and draw family trees, investigate foraging and adaptation, track migrating animals and design reserves to protect their habitat. We will also discuss how conservation often comes into conflict with people and their livelihoods, and you will act as stakeholders in role playing activities. Find out what conservation biologists do in this broad and rambling romp through some of the ideas and techniques scientists use to conserve biodiversity.

Economics for Smarties with Qian Fang (Quadrangle)

Economics doesn't only belong to adults or economists; it is embedded in our daily life and it's never too early to learn about it.

Have you ever wondered how thousands of people who don't speak the same language, practice different religions, and don't know each other at all, collaborate in perfect harmony to make a pencil? Do they do so because they need a pencil or because they like pencils? The secret of the magical free market is embedded in a simple pencil. Why do we need government? Classic stories like Tragedy of the Commons and The Prisoner's Dilemma can show us a lot about market failure and accordingly, the necessity of government intervention.

Imagine you have received $90,000 worth of stock. You can sell the stock and launch your dream career, or you can hold on to the stock. Your career may thrive or flop. The stock may sky-rocket or crash. What should you do? The value of economics lies teaching us how to choose wisely and well, since life is all about making choices.

If you want to explore the principles underlying these "everyday enigmas", if you want to know the real value and limitation of economics, or if you want to gain another lens through which to see the world, join this workshop!

Minecraft and Mathematics Robert Webster Map (PDF)

TBC: Please note that if this workshop does not go ahead your second and/or third preference will replace this selection

Do you enjoy critical thinking tasks, problem solving, and decision making challenges? This workshop will have you working in teams to solve mathematical challenges in a variety of Minecraft worlds. You will be given set mathematical tasks and Minecraft tools to use in a variety of challenges. You will use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct tasks, solve problems and utilise your mathematical inquiry skills. Let your imagination and mathematical knowledge take you to a world awaiting your construction.

Moving Through Time with NIDA (Quadrangle)

From Martin Luther-King to Emma Watson, find your voice as you explore some of the greatest speeches and moments from the 20th and 21st century. Explore accents, learn power warm-ups and engage in a dynamic physical workshop. Rock your audiences' world with a powerhouse of sound and movement!

Performative Radio Stories with Adam Hulbert Robert Webster: Map (PDF)

Do you have what it takes to be a master storyteller with your voice and sound effects alone? In this workshop, you’ll work in small groups to create a radio play based on a story of your own creation. We'll explore script writing, voice acting, field recording, sound design and performance. The resulting radio plays will be performed live at the conclusion of the course, and parents and public will be welcome to attend. The radio play will be recorded and made into a podcast to share with your family, friends, and the world!

The Secret Language of Graphic Novels with Tamryn Bennett (Quadrangle)

From ancient cave paintings to graphic novels, visual storytelling has transformed our understanding of history and literature. In this workshop, you’ll explore the history of graphic storytelling from Egyptian hieroglyphs to Mayan codices and experimental comics, before writing and scripting your own graphic novel. You’ll get to workshop your creative writing and come away with mini zines’, word machines and the foundations for your own graphic novel.

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