Year 10 Young Scholars Project - Health and Disease
This is an enrichment/extension module which has been designed for academically capable Year 10 students. The Global Innovators Challenge is based on a model created by Engineers without Borders. In teams of 5-6, the students are tasked with using Science and Technology to solve global issues such as the lack of access to energy, clean water and food for the people of a small town in Central Africa.
The teams go through a series of challenge activities and scientific investigations which contribute to the development of their skills in problem solving, the application of basic Science, Health and Engineering fundamentals, and communication. It gives students a real insight into the power of collaboration when Science and Technology are used to tackle challenges faced by communities in the developing world. It shows them how they can be part of the solution.
The Year 10 module provides participants with an immersive day at the Sippy Downs campus using assets such as the Visualisation Studio (The Cave) and the Collaboration Studio. This visit is followed by six weeks of school-based Science curriculum delivery, and is capped off with a return to USC for a final immersive day where students deliver their team’s solution to their peers, teachers and USC staff.
Year 11 Young Scholars Project - Biology
The Year 11 module has a particular focus on research. Biology students will take the skills they developed during the Year 10 challenge and apply them at a deeper and more sophisticated level to address a range of tasks around multi-cellular systems within the human body. In this module, we ask the students to place themselves at the centre of their research, and relate their learning specifically to the health and well-being challenges faced by their generation.
Returning to USC for another exciting and interactive immersive day, the students rotate through a range of experiential activities in venues such as the USC Engage Lab, and collaborate with USC academic staff and high performance athletes. The aim is to enhance and enrich the senior Biology curriculum. The day is capped off by a research symposium, where they will learn from USC PhD candidates how to create research investigations, and how to present research findings in an engaging way. This will equip the students to deliver their solutions to the chosen research challenge back at school.
The Young Scholars Project also includes an aspirational component and endeavours to highlight pathways to higher education.
Audience: Year 10 and Year 11
Curriculum Alignment: Yes
Funding Source: Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program Funding