Scientia Challenge: Years 7 - 10

The Scientia Challenge Program is designed for gifted and talented high school students in Years 7-10. The program features a range of workshops taught over three days. The courses are developed and presented by academics at the University of New South Wales. The level of difficulty in the courses is aimed at two years higher than the students' grade level, providing a rigorous and challenging program. The program also provides the opportunity for gifted students to meet like-minded peers of similar interests.

Workshops listed below are on offer for the 9-11 July 2019 Student Programs. Scholarship and Equity Advanced Placement applications close on 9 June. Regular registrations open 7am, June 17.

Note: these workshops are open to years 7-10 inclusive. Curriculum is differentiated to challenge gifted students across those grades.


Years 7 - 10

The Brain in Health and Disease with Professor Ken Ashwell

We’ll study the structure and function of the normal brain and spinal cord and then consider types of disease that can affect the brain and spinal cord. The classes will explore the structure of the nervous system at the microscopic and naked eye level, and we’ll discuss how function is localised in the brain. You will have the opportunity to practice clinical examinations of the nervous system on classmates and analyse how brain disease or damage might be prevented or repaired. You’ll also have the opportunity to make diagnoses and recommend treatment for patients with brain disease.

Robots by EMU with Yvonne Perry

Do you enjoy robots and programming? Over the three days you will build a robot and learn how to program it.

Whilst our focus is building a robot, you will get a taste of electrical engineering

You will have opportunity to

- build a small robot that you will take home at the end of the course

- learn how to programme your robot to allow it to negotiate through a maze.

- explore how to design an object then attempt to build it

- use a CAD (computer aided design) program to design an object.

- learn about electrical components and build a small project.

You will meet the UNSW First Robotics Competition(FRC) robot and First Tech Challenge(FTC) robot, both built by year 8-12 high school students.

Join us to be challenged and inspired.

*Note: for July, students will need to bring their own laptop for the Robots by EMU workshop and download software prior to the day

Page+Stage: Poetry & Spoken Word with David Stavanger

Step up to the mic / and let the words / take flight

David Stavanger is an award-winning poet & spoken word artist, who helped establish poetry slam in Australia. In this workshop you will work on both sides of the art form – the written & spoken – to develop a small body of poetic work either for the page and/or the stage. With one of Australia’s most dynamic teachers in this field, you will have fun as you learn how to tune into your creativity and find your own voice through a series of individual & group exercises exploring writing, editing and performance technique. You will also learn about the history of poetry slam before you run your own live slam on the final day, performing your original work. David will perform pieces for you, show a series of spoken word videos, as well as using a range of prompts to get the words & images flowing.

No writing or performance experience needed. At the completion of this workshop, students will also have poems that can be published online or entered into poetry writing competitions.

Registrations open 7am, June 17