A collaboration with the Gundtjmara Community to develop an on-country two-way learning experience in Indigenous Engineering

This project will develop resources for a new breadth subject in Indigenous Engineering, in collaboration with the Budj Bim Gunditjmara Community. The Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape (one of the largest aquaculture systems in Australia) is located at Lake Condah in south-west Victoria, and these engineered wetlands provide valuable insight into Indigenous engineering and knowledge systems. This week-long field trip provides a unique on-country experience for Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff and students.

Pathways to the visual arts: VCA Art mentoring and art education partnerships for low-SES schools

This project will enable access to the world of visual arts for students from 5 low-SES Victorian secondary schools. Art mentoring will be provided by current VCA students via biannual school residency programs, together with an annual art education program offered in conjunction with the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Year 9 Science Camp

A year 9 Science Camp will be run to encourage STEM-related education and careers for low-SES high-school students within the Northern Grampians Shire. This camp will expose students to cutting-edge science through a range of site-visits, talks and interactive activities. This program aims to demonstrate the possibilities that science offers students prior to their VCE and tertiary decision making years.

Horizon Mentoring and Podcast Program (HMPP)

This project pairs high-school students and working professionals from low-SES backgrounds in an online mentoring program to promote tertiary education and career aspirations. A supporting podcast series will interview professionals about the challenges they faced coming from a low-SES background, as an online resource for years to come. The program aims to provide positive role models for disadvantaged students as they start making decisions about their own futures.

Object-based learning: an aspirational educational pathway for disadvantaged students in rural Victoria

This project will offer disadvantaged rural high-school students an object-based learning (OBL) opportunity, through access to museum collections and replica artefacts. Objects provide a direct link with the past and can enhance interest in a subject by encouraging learners to use of all of their senses and draw conclusions based on physical evidence. OBL creates an exciting and inclusive classroom atmosphere, which has been shown to broaden students’ historical perspective, and enhance education and career outcomes.

Stories That Need Telling

This program aims to encourage more diverse voices in the Australian screen industry by engaging with students from low-SES high schools. The program will raise the visibility of screen storytelling via events run in low-SES high schools, and the establishment of a Foundation Program in Film and TV for high-potential students. This Foundation Program is intended to provide scholarships, mentoring and pathways into undergraduate VCA Film and TV courses.

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