Junior Scientia: Years 3 - 6

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?

Workshops listed below are on offer for the 21-23 January 2019 Student Programs. Applications open 3rd December at 7am. Bookmark the page now: https://january2019studentprograms.eventbrite.com.au

Years 3 and 4 

Poetry, Percussion and Performing your Story with Gabrielle Journey Jones

Do you have a way with words? Do you want to learn how to tell your story in an engaging and fun way that will make people sit up and listen? Do you like to make noise? If you said yes to any of these questions, then this is the workshop for you!

In this workshop we will have fun as we learn how to tune into our creativity through individual and group writing and drumming exercises. You will also experience live spoken word performances each day by Gabrielle and work towards a special public performance event featuring your own poetry and drumming on the final day.

At the completion of this workshop, poems can be published online and entered into Red Room Poetry Object - Australasia’s largest free poetry writing competition for students and teachers (Years 3-10). Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting young writers to create, publish and submit poems inspired by special objects. In 2018, hundreds of schools joined in the journey with free learning resources and over $10,000 in prizes.

Leading Science by Design - Innovative Artists Unite with Daryle Newman

The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin…or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity (-Mae Jemsion). In this ART class you will become avatars of the universe to engage your mind with ecology, biology, environmental sciences and technology. You will be asked to situate yourself as protector, keeper of knowledge, problem solver and inventor. Ultimately, you will create an exhibition of yourself in the environment. What your avatar imagines you will create.

The Engineer’s Workshop: Having Fun with Mathematics and Problem Solving with Yooie Choi

Want to learn and apply mathematical principles and challenge your problem solving skills against some common engineering problems? Then this workshop is for you.

Using mathematical concepts such as Measurement and Pythagoras theorem you will apply your understanding and skills to a number of real life, hands on experiences. In a workshop designed to be fun and interactive, students will be involved in many “mini-challenges” including logic puzzles, and designing and creating structures. Are you up to the challenge? We can't wait to see you there.

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? Well look no further!

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 themes, settings, 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.

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!

NASA’s Space Craft Engineering Challenge with Courtley Mancell

In this challenge, students will investigate gravity, motion, and forces to design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two "astronauts" when they land. Landing on the moon is tricky. Since a spacecraft can go as fast as 18,000 miles per hour (29,000 km per hour) on its way to the moon, it needs to slow down in order to land gently. And if there are astronauts on board, the lander needs to keep them safe, too. Similarly, spacecraft on their way to Mars may be traveling as fast as 13,000 miles per hour (21,000 km per hour) when they reach the red planet and need to slow down to land safely on the surface. Future missions to Mars will also need to safely land astronauts on the surface. Just as engineers had to develop solutions for landing different vehicle types on the moon and Mars, students will follow the engineering design process to design and build a shock-absorbing system out of paper, straws, and mini-marshmallows/ or boiled eggs; attach their shock absorber to a cardboard platform; and improve their design based on testing results.

How to Talk so People Will Listen with Megan Dredge

Learning how to talk so people will listen is a big part of being successful in life. Communicating well is important in daily conversations and also in more formal public speaking settings. In this workshop, you'll learn important and practical principles of communication. Through the use of theatresports, drama games, and voice projection exercises you will have many opportunities to apply and hone your communication skills. This workshop will be hands-on, interactive, and fun!

Applications Open 3rd December, 7am

Years 5 and 6

Biomimicry: Recreating the Future with Voni Howard

Do you love the challenge of combining creativity, innovation and critical thinking skills? This workshop will have you using inquiry, questioning and collaborating with other students to design and create STEM prototypes. With a focus on biomimicry, which involves looking at nature for inspiration to solve engineering problems, there will be opportunity to develop innovative new designs for products, viewing them through the lense of sustainability. Using sustainable practices, you will construct models and design prototypes by repurposing old ones. This workshop is focused on creating and making whilst re-visioning the old to become new. You will be sure to leave with many interest projects ideas of your own!

EcoWarriors: Exploration in Ecology and Conservation with Laurie Strommer

How are we going to save endangered species?

In this fast-paced and hands-on workshop, we’ll work with the tools scientists use to conserve biodiversity. You will investigate foraging and migration, explore predator ecology, discover the complexities of endangered species management, unravel DNA and family trees, meet characters who have made a difference, and create an action plan to address a conservation conundrum. We’ll romp through science, values, choices and challenges in biodiversity conservation.

Chess Masterclass: Strategies and Tactics

Are you ready to delve deeper into the mind-bending mysteries of the ancient game of chess, to learn more about strategies and tactics? Chess is such a complex game of skill and strategy, that after only 4 moves apiece, there are over 288 billion possible positions on the board!

In this workshop, students will be introduced to more advanced concepts, middle-game plans and various tactical motifs, with practical examples of how these ideas can be used in real match play. Students will be presented with a range of puzzles of increasing difficulty, to test their understand of the new material being taught, as well as having lots of fun on the way!

Essential Criteria: Some prior chess experience is necessary. You will need to understand the full rules of the game, plus how to make a basic checkmate.

Performative Radio Stories with Heather Contant & Adam Hulbert

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!

Odd Maths and Even Weirder Stuff with Daniel Judd

Mathematics can be normal. "1 plus 1" is "2", usually (sometimes you get "10" or "window"), and an equilateral triangle always has three 60° angles (unless it’s drawn on a sphere, in which case it will have three 90° angles). Most mathematical questions are completely settled, right? Well...in this course, you're going to learn that mathematics is completely weird.

Among other things, we're going to explore number sequences that probably shouldn't work (but they do work, we think). You're going to learn about mathematical problems so astoundingly evil that they have million dollar bounties on offer to any brave soul who can just figure them out. You're going to fold shapes that disappear inside themselves and then reappear later. You're going to work with patterns that are so beautiful that they leave you lost for words and...yeah...umm...

This workshop requires well-developed mathematical skills, but not much more than you learn at school (i.e., multiplication, division, addition and subtraction).

The Science of Earth’s Changing Climate with Aaron MacLeod

Today everyone is talking about Earth's changing climate and the impact of global warming. But what does that mean? How do we even know that the Earth’s climate is changing? Join us on this expedition as you investigate scientific principles (through hands-on experiments we will begin to discover the integral role the ocean plays in the Earth’s Climate) behind Earth’s Climate and the integral role that the ocean plays.

Over the three days, through a range of real-world hands-on experiments, you will explore: the Scientific Process; physical and chemical properties of water; mapping and features of the ocean floor; global winds and deep ocean currents; the Carbon Cycle; the Coriolis Effect; how Earth’s climate has been recorded; natural causes of climate change; and human impact on climate change.

Most importantly you will work with a group of like-minded students to understand the scientific principles behind Earth’s climate and learn that as global citizens and scientists you can have a real impact on your local and global environment and be positive catalysts for change.

‘The Science of Earth’s Changing Climate’ is based on the hands-on science curriculum 'Climate: Seas of Change’ produced by JASON Learning in partnership with the National Geographic Society.

Logic and Lateral Thinking with Esther Cheung

Creativity is fundamental to the formation of new and innovative ideas in today’s ever-changing world. Lateral thinking trains students to use a creative or outside-the-box approach to solve problems. Often these outside-the-box ideas can only become possible if we look from innovative or non-traditional perspectives, rather than opting for the obvious answer. Thinking laterally can be rather challenging; therefore, the main purpose of this workshop is to provide a few interesting topics and demonstrate how to think differently. We will explore the mystery of magic squares; counting embedded figures and irregular 3D cubes; discover different types of number and diagram patterns and many more. Join our workshop and start thinking outside-the-box!

Essential criteria: Some topics require basic arithmetic skills. Students should be comfortable performing manual calculations with 2 digit numbers (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)

Applications Open 3rd December, 7am


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