Inquire

Inquire activities focus on building student capacity for tertiary study by developing critical thinking, independent study and learning skills. We encourage students to ask questions, explore answers, pose problems and find solutions.

STEM 'A Day of Inquiry' year 9 students come to campus to take part in a workshop, where they find solutions to the problem of creating a sustainable future.

Preparation for Senior Study year 10 students spend a day on campus attending workshops, conducted by University academics, designed to increase their preparedness for the HSC and university. This is followed up by three one-hour sessions (terms 2, 3 & 4) with University Education students who facilitate small group activities to follow-up on concepts learnt.

Also back at school students will work in groups to carry out an open ended inquiry focusing on a topic within Biology, Physics and Chemistry, assisted by the University’s Secondary Science Education students as part of the iScience program. They design, carry out and report on their own researchable question.

Volunteers from the University of Sydney community (undergraduate students, postgraduate students, staff members and alumni) provide homework help to years 7-10 students once a week in the school library.

Activity Name Year Group Broad Aims Description Outcomes

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) 'A day of inquiry'

Location: On campus

9

Inquire

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- Science, TAS
- Information and communication technology capability
- Literacy and Numeracy capabilities
- Questioning and Inquiry
- Teamwork

Year 9 students attend the University of Sydney and take part in a day long inquiry based workshop, where they find solutions to the problem of creating a sustainable future.

Students:

- develop an enthusiastic and interested view of STEM and related subjects
- develop academic skills through workshops that are based on the principles of inquiry and design
- understand the relationships between STEM subjects and future occupations
- understand the relevance of these subjects, and relationship between the learning taking place at school and the real world (of university, research and work)

Preparation for Senior Study

Location: In school & on campus

10

Prepare

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- Literacy and Numeracy
- Study Skills

Year 10 students spend a day at the University of Sydney attending workshops, conducted by University academics, designed to increase their preparedness for the HSC and university. In the extended program, University of Sydney student volunteers will visit schools each term to run small group activities with the Year 10 students.

Students:

- explain the concept of self-directed learning
- recognize the importance of self-directed study to achieve their goals
- apply techniques learnt in study skills session during their year at school
- recognize themselves in the University environment and identify it as a pathway to future opportunities