Endeavour School Program
The Endeavour Schools Program aims to spark an interest in Engineering & IT amongst primary and secondary school students by educating them on the principles which underlie the field of engineering through hands-on, engaging and interactive workshops which simulate an engineering project environment and entice students to undergo the thought processes that an engineer would entail. The workshops themselves are designed around an open-ended problem to allow the students to be actively involved in a 'mock' engineering project environment that puts into actions components like creative thinking, group collaboration, assessment of trade-offs and re-evaluation of design solutions. Thus, allowing for ultimate engagement to facilitate inspiration to work towards the field of science and technology.
For 2015, Endeavour is re-modelling their whole Schools Program with the introduction of "Little Bits" and have produced workshops fully based around their modules which are adaptable to a range of ages and complexities. Therefore, we will be able to provide students with adequate equipment and problem-solving activities that will allow them to undergo the engineer design thinking process. "Little Bits" are a system of electronic modules that easily snap together with magnets in order to facilitate and provide for ultimate efficiency in the creative design process.
Engineering Winter School
The purpose of this project is to develop an Indigenous Australian Engineering Winter School for Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander students resident primarily in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
The aim of the project is to develop the framework, curriculum and funding base for the Winter School. Objective includes establish the framework for the Winter School at the University of Melbourne, including curriculum and student recruitment methodology; establish partnerships with tertiary providers, industry and Engineering Australia to ensure their collaborative and supportive engagement; extend the Residential Indigenous Science Experience (RISE) program, which targets students from Year 9 & 10; build on the relationships with secondary schools that have been developed by Murrup Barak and collaborate with programs established by Engineering Aid Australia, develop a financially sustainable model to ensure ongoing delivery of the Winter School based on the funding and support model adopted by Engineering Aid.
Flexible Learning Packages to Support Transition of Low SES students to the Bachelor of Agriculture at UoM
The objective of this project is to develop a suite of rich media learning packages that will support the learning of low SES students enrolled in the Diploma of General Studies (offered at the UoM Dookie campus).
The outcomes of the project will be a library of engaging and contextualised learning modules in the STEM disciplines of chemistry, physics, data management and mathematics, that will be used by successive cohorts of Diploma in General Studies (DIGS) students. These learning units will enable flexible delivery of bridging content to students at appropriate times in their learning program, and will enhance the prospect of their transition to the Bachelor of Agriculture at UoM with advanced standing.
Raise the Bar Academy
Raise the Bar Academy (RTBA) aims to increase the number of people from low SES backgrounds who access and participate in higher education through a coordinated outreach program involving Melbourne University Sport, Murrup Barak, the Office of Admissions, Melbourne University Athletics Club and Athletics Australia's (AA) Athletics for the Outback program.
Through our strategic partnership with AA and Murrup Barak we will bring RTBA participants to the University from communities in which Murrup Barak and AA have a standing relationship. These communities are specifically targeted by both Murrup Barak and AA because they meet each institution's requirement of being remote, Indigenous, and economically disadvantaged populations. By using the sport of Athletics as the engagement tool we will provide participants with an alternative pathway to understand and consider accessing higher education. We will also connect participants with staff and students from Murrup Barak programs and the Office of Admissions. This will demonstrate to these students a peer group and home within our university community.
In 2015, Raise the Bar Academy is implementing a pathway strategy where students will also have the opportunity to attend with Murrup Barak's Experience Camp.
Short and Deadly Films
This proposal is for a series of two, four day filmmaking workshops specifically designed for and delivered to indigenous students aged 10 and over in the Gippsland region of Southern Victoria. The workshops will be run as an integrated partnership between the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, the VCA School of Film and Television and Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development, Murrup Barak.
Students, sourced from the Community, local Schools and Aboriginal Co-operatives, will work in small groups to devise and create two short film projects (2 mins), and one longer project (5-20mins) over the course of the workshop, and the completed films will be screened at a community screening on the final night of the workshop.
The Wilin and Film and TV School partnership will be able to offer those targeted workshop participants who have demonstrated a desire to further their film making education, the opportunity to be guided through the ongoing process of university application and enrolment - aided, encouraged and supported by the coordinated efforts of the Wilin Centre and non-indigenous staff and alumni of the School of Film and TV. It's intended that this partnership will encourage students to view the entire VCA as a culturally safe and committed supportive learning environment.
What's in water?
The aim of this initiative is to increase the engagement and aspirations of low SES Year 11 students in rural communities by developing and implementing an immersive experience in practical environmental chemistry that will connect school laboratories to the University's environmental science research and its practical applications in these rural communities.
What's in Water will support the introduction of a topic that will be new to Year 11 Chemistry in Victoria in 2016 with a module for each of the three types of environmental analysis in the VCE Chemistry Study Design. The centrepiece of each proposed module is a genuine laboratory investigation of contaminants in a waterway. These investigations will be conducted on the University campus but designed en-mass by participating students who will define a sapling protocol and select a waterway to study with classroom conversations linked to a discussion board and online voting system. Students will prepare for on-campus laboratory sessions with a short movie clip and diagnostic quiz, and the quiz results will be supplied to teachers and used by University staff to tailor the program to students' interests and any conceptual weaknesses. A series of post-visit practical and study resources will embed student learning and empower teachers to link the research experience to the classrooms.
Increasing access for students from low-SES and rural areas to UMEP Mathematics through an online program
The project will redevelop an existing program for high achieving students, known as University of Melbourne Extension Program Mathematics (UMEP) into an online subject. This will increase access to the program for talented students in schools outside metropolitan Melbourne and in rural and lower socio-economic stats areas, who do not currently have access to the program because their school does not have the resources or qualified teahcing staff available.