The Flinders STEM Outreach Program aspires to inspire high school students, teachers and the wider community to understand and enjoy the STEM disciplines of science, computing, engineering, mathematics and the environment. From our hands-on curriculum linked workshop program for students and teachers, to our industry events and participation at expos, conferences, Open Days and a number science related events like Science Alive!, you will see the STEM Outreach team making a difference. For the REALLY enthused students, we even run school holiday activities that will take their inspiration to a new level.
In addition to our on-campus activities, we are pleased to announce that several SACE curriculum linked workshops have been adapted to be taken out to schools. Contact us to see if we can visit your school.
If you are interested in one of our STEM team visiting your school or a campus visit, please see list of workshops below and complete the enquiry form. All workshops are subject to availability and are for years 11 and 12 students.
We are also able to offer your students a 30-minute STEM careers presentation which can be added on to your visit or delivered in your school. Campus tours can also be provided.
Places fill up quickly and are subject to availability. Please complete the booking request.
|Workshop||Description||College||Curricula link||Year||Duration||Capacity||Location / Portability (Tonsley, At Schools etc)|
|App Development||Students use MIT App Inventor, a cloud-based visual programming interface, to develop their own Android app aimed at improving concentration and response times.||College of Science and Engineering||IT / Design & Technology||8, 9, 10||40-60 mins||18||Tonsley|
|Analytical Chemistry||Developed to help achieve, cement and extend knowledge of some of the analytical chemistry techniques explored in the SACE Stage 2 curriculum, Experiments include Chromatography and AAS.||College of Science and Engineering||Science (Chemistry)||12 Only||2 hours||24||Bedford Park|
|Animal Adaptations||Evolution drives change, but how do scientists explore this? This workshop looks at how animals adapt to their environment from a physiological and behavioural perspective. Students will have the opportunity to study the physiology and behaviour of finches in our full building Avery and conduct experiments on thermoregulatory behaviour.||College of Science and Engineering||Science (Biology)||8, 9||40-60 mins||20||Bedford Park|
|Animal Evolution||How do populations respond to selection pressure from humans, invasive species and the environment? Through hands-on activity students investigate natural selection and the gene pool in two examples of bird populations.||College of Science and Engineering||Stage 1 Biology workshop length varies with year level||10, 11, 12||60-75mins||20||Bedford Park|
|Assistive Game Controller||Assistive Techonology is all around us. These technologies maintain and improve a person's independence, these items may invlude spectacless, pill organisers, communications aids etc. Students will be provided different case studies and will make a prototype of an Assistive Game Controller||College of Science and Engineering||Design and Technology||7, 8, 9, 10,11, 12||60-90 mins||25||Tonsley Prefered, portable|
|Cooling Gases||Chemistry and Physics combine in a fascinating show about states of matter. Students are shown some of the more exciting aspects of this using liquid nitrogen.||College of Science and Engineering||Science (Chemistry)||7, 8, 9, 10||30-60 mins||15-50||Bedford Park|
|Chemical Reactions||Using examples from popular demonstrations such as Elephant's Toothpaste, different reactions are explored and where we encounter them everyday.||College of Science and Engineering||Stage 1 Chemistry but base level Science still appropriate (Chemistry)||10, 11, 12||40-60 mins||25||Bedford Park, (Portable?)|
|FlinBIT Arduino Challenge: Construct, Experiment, Code!||In this three-part workshop, students first construct an Arduino-compatible shield with basic sensors and Wi-Fi capability. They then experiment with adding more functionality via sensors of their choice. Finally, students use their shields to solve a health or environment related coding challenge||College of Science and Engineering||Special Interest (Coding)||10, 11, 12||90 mins||15||Tonsley|
|Forensic Biology||Students have the opportunity to run a gel electrophoresis while learning about how forensic biologists use DNA to identify victims and suspects.||College of Science and Engineering||Science (Biology)||11, 12||75 mins||28||Bedford Park|
|From Implant to Implantation||This is a biomechanical tour of how an implant goes from the lab door to inside a person's body. The Biomechanics and Implants Laboratory is world-leading biomechanics laboratory, and this workshop takes students through three-stations, based in the lab: Imaging and surgery, implant features and design, and Biomechanics testing with the hexapod.||College of Science and Engineering||Science||10, 11, 12||45 -60mins||24||Tonsley|
|Marine Biology||Students learn different and unique physical identifyers that could be found in our local (AUS) dolphin species||College of Science and Engineering||Science (Biology)||8,9, 10, 11, 12||60 mins||28||Bedford Park, Portable|
|Micro- X Industry Tour||Housed at the Tonsley Innovation District, Micro-X welcomes small tours into their work space where they construct and maintain security and medical imaging technologies.||College of Science and Engineering||Science (Physics/Nanotechology)||7, 8, 9, 10,11, 12||30 mins||15||Tonsley|
|Oaklands Wetland: Environment Health Module||Water is a valuable resource for humans contaminated water can cause many health issues. Conduct experiments in a water system to investigate water quality and potential hazards to human health.||College of Science and Engineering||Stage 1 & 2 Earth and Environmental Science||11-12||9:30am-2:00pm (advised schedule)||25||Oaklands Wetland|
|Oaklands Wetland: How does a wetland function||By utilising nature as our classroom, students will gain an understanding of the importance of biodiversity and ecosystems, relate these to global environmental issues, and how we can address these at a local-scale. Students will participate in a guided walkl through Oaklands Wetland that is nestled within a city landscape.||College of Science and Engineering||Stage 1 & 2 Earth and Environmental Science||11-13||2-3 hours||25||Oaklands Wetland|
|Roller Coaster Construction||Students divide into groups and build miniature roller coasters. Students use physics to figure out how to make their roller coasters as fast & exciting as possible.||College of Science and Engineering||Science (Physics) workshop length varies with year level||7, 8, 9, 10||40 -60mins||18||Bedford Park, portable|
|Science of Flavour||Our range of food preferences is unique to us, and we experience flavour through a combination of our senses, internal body structure, genes and past experiences. Conduct some basic tests to explore your experience of flavour.||College of Science and Engineering||Science (Biology)||7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12||40-50 mins||20||Portable|
|Sound through Light Electronics||Students investigate some properties of light and sound waves by building an electronic circuit that allows them to emit signals with an LED and receive those signals using a small solar panel. Students need to bring along a device for playing music that has a standard audio jack (e.g. mp3 player or smart phone).||College of Science and Engineering||Science||10, 11, 12||40-60 mins||16||Portable|
|The Secret to Secret Codes||Learn some of the techniques behind creating and breaking secret codes. Students will have the chance to try to create encoded messages, both by hand and with technology, and to make some of their own. Students will use both pencils and paper and laptops with internet access to crack existing codes and design their own.||College of Science and Engineering||General Maths||10, 11, 12||40-60 mins||20||On and Off Campus|
|Tonsley Tour||Tour of the Tonsley campus, showing the facilities and ties to Industry.||Tonsley||Science||7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12||30 mins||20||Tonsley|
|Unreal Engine Game Development||Learn some of the skills involved in developing your own first person shooter using Unreal Engine 4, a development environment used by industry professionals. Learn how to create simple objects and materials, and use blueprints to customise object behaviour. No coding experience necessary.||College of Science and Engineering||IT/Design & Technology||11, 12||60-90 mins||18||Bedford Park & Tonsley|
|Zumo Robot Programming||Jump into our first year engineering labs and learn about digital electronics by programming a simple Arduino-based Zumo robot using the C||College of Science and Engineering||Stage 1 & 2 Information Technology||10,11,12||60 mins||18||Tonsley|
|Water Wheels, Hydroelectric Turbine Design||A village in Nepal needs a new power source. As an engineerin, it's your job to build a hydroelectric turbine that can harness the kinetic energy in the nearby river and provide the electricity they need! Visiting our cutting-edge Civil Engineering teaching lab and use the industrial flume to test your team's creation.||College of Science and Engineering||Science and Maths, Design and Technology||8,9, 10, 11, 12||75-90 mins||24||Tonsley|
|Zeiss Germany Industry Tour||Housed at the Tonsley Innovation District, Zeiss is an international optical and optoelectronics firm originating from Germany. Zeiss contribute to world optics development and technological progress.||College of Science and Engineering||Science and Maths, Design and Technology||10, 11, 12||30 mins||20||Tonsley|
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