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 21-23 January 2019 Student Programs. Applications open 3rd December at 7am. Bookmark the page now:

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.

Critical Thinking; Ethics; Philosophy and how to Debate an Issue Brilliantly with Michele Waterson

This program aims to develop in our children, qualities of strong critical thinking, philosophical contemplation and ethical consideration of the global issues that they, as global citizens, will encounter each day.

We begin by acknowledging: "That in a free state every man may think what he likes, and say what he thinks..." - Benedict de Spinoza

However, as citizens in a 21st Century reality of information overload, we must ensure that we are discerning consumers of information. People need to validate 'facts' and 'arguments' presented to them in order to justify all claims and assertions in line with their own world view and personal values.

Students will develop skills of: critical thinking, ethical accountability and philosophical reflection. Students will learn to delve for accountability from all facts and arguments presented to them through all media forums. Students will use these skills to build arguments and debate those arguments effectively and ethically.

Students will be expected to bring to the program:

• a desire to build their debating skills through strong group-work research skills,

• an ability and desire to communicate compassionately and equitably

• a commitment to reflection on the validity and strength of their own and others’ arguments.

Cinematic Sounds: Music & Soundscape Composition for Film with Anthea and Rodney Wikstrom

Think of your favourite movie. If it had no sound or music, would it still have the same impact on you? Film music and cinematic sounds enhance character, create mood and heighten emotion in films. A soundscape can make or break a film. In this workshop, you will explore the work of film score composers, Foley artists, and the impact technology has had on the history of film music. Using computer software, you will learn to produce and arrange sounds, compose and record music, synchronize sounds to video, and create a film score soundtrack. Film composers of the future, come on down!

You’ve Got Personality with Janette Wilmott

Are you late if you’re not early? Are you only late if you didn’t miss anything?

Are you accused of having your head in the clouds or of being too literal?

In this workshop you’ll learn about personality, yours and other peoples. You’ll learn to understand your strengths, take joy in the way you are, and appreciate the way others are. You’ll learn how your personality takes shape and how you can encourage your continued psychological development.

We’ll use the psychological theory of normal people introduced by the famous psychiatrist C G Yung and further defined by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. We will be dealing with personality type not psychological issues or pathology.

Participants will complete a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI ®) to support individual validation.

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.

Applications open December 3rd, 7am

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