ONLINE – Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Event

KIOSC is supporting the new initiative from the Department of Education.

The Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series aims to support ‘high -ability’ students to excel. Two Challenges to Explore:

Ocean Sustainability and STEM Sprints


1. Ocean: Bio-plastics (Y5-9)

What students will learn:

Plastic in our oceans is a major concern. There are ways we can change our use of plastics and how we make plastics. Students will learn what new technologies are being utilised in industry to change the way we manufacture plastics – using seaweed.

What students will do:

  1. Be engaged in discussion about sustainable practices.
  2. View a LIVE LAB Demonstration of the Bio-plastics being made.
  3. Make one – at home in their own kitchen. If booking this program, we will send out the list of supermarket ingredients for students to follow along.

Links to industry and pathways:

  • Design Thinking and Manufacturing
  • Sustainability Practices
  • Being a scientist

Time:

  • 90 minute session with pre and post work activities in KIOSC’s Learning Management System

Student Numbers:

  • Minimum 10 students when booking. Combined Year Levels are not an issue.
  • Maximum unlimited.

 


2. Ocean: Tech to the Rescue (Y6-9)

What students will learn:

Technology is a great asset for learning more about and monitoring our oceans. Have you ever wondered how you could use technologies and sciences to rescue oceans using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics?

What students will do:

  1. Be engaged in discussion about modern technologies such as  AI, computer vision and coding.
  2. Complete online AI activities to understand how machine learning works.
  3. Complete a virtual coding session, using a Micro:bit simulator to send and receive data.

Links to industry and pathways:

  • Design Thinking and Manufacturing
  • Sustainability Practices
  • Being a scientist

Time:

  • 90 minute session with pre and post work activities in KIOSC’s Learning Management System

Student Numbers:

  • Minimum 10 students when booking. Combined Year Levels are not an issue.
  • Maximum unlimited.

3. Ocean: Tank Temp (Y5-8)

What students will learn:

Our oceans are under attack due to various environmental challenges. Using technologies such as simulators, artificial intelligence (AI), scientist are researching methods to maintain sustainable environment in the ocean. Have you ever wondered how you could use technologies and sciences to minimise issues by controlling salinity, oxygen levels and temperature in the marine environment?

What students will do:

  1. Use an online Arduino Simulator to code and set the temperature of a marine tank.
  2. Understand how the use of sensors and data are effective in monitoring changes in the environment.

Links to industry and pathways:

  • Coding and Software Engineering
  • Scientific Analysis
  • Data Visualisation

Time:

  • 90 minute session with pre and post work activities in KIOSC’s Learning Management System

Student Numbers:

  • Minimum 10 students when booking. Combined Year Levels are not an issue.
  • Maximum unlimited.

4. Ocean: 3D Decoys (Y5-9)

What students will learn:

Being a scientist sometimes means that you need to observe and monitor without being physically present to understand the real interactions in the ocean. Using animal decoy cameras is a common tool for scientist to observe without being present. In order to rapid prototype these decoys, technology such as 3D printing is utilised.

What students will do:

  1. Learn how to use and navigate online 3D Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) software.
  2. Create their own 3D ocean creature using modelling and geometric tools.

Links to industry and pathways:

  • Engineering and Design
  • Information Technology
  • Media

Time:

  • 90 minute session with pre and post work activities in KIOSC’s Learning Management System

Student Numbers:

  • Minimum 10 students when booking. Combined Year Levels are not an issue.
  • Maximum unlimited.

5. Ocean: Ocean Scratch (Y5-7)

What students will learn:

Ocean ecosystems are fragile. Apex predators only survive when the ecosystem is functioning. The ocean food chains are complex and face many challenges. Have you ever wondered how you could use technologies and sciences to investigate ocean food chains and webs?

What students will do:

  1. Learn about different ocean food chains and webs.
  2. Design their own interactive food web games, using online coding platform – Scratch.

Links to industry and pathways:

  • Sustainable Ecology
  • Information Technology

Time:

  • 90 minute session with pre and post work activities in KIOSC’s Learning Management System

Student Numbers:

  • Minimum 10 students when booking. Combined Year Levels are not an issue.
  • Maximum unlimited

6. STEM: Forensic Science (Y7-9)

What students will learn:

Students will take on what it is to be a Forensic Scientist. The COVID 19 vaccine has been stolen from the K.I.L.L.E.R Lab. Can you use your analytical skills to solve this case?

Solving crime is an important element in our society. Police and other law enforcement agencies now have many technologies at hand in order to solve crime using scientific methods and techniques.

What students will do:

Welcome to the Case

Students are introduced in a LIVE Video session to the K.I.L.L.E.R Laboratory COVID theft. This session is split into 2 components. The first demonstrates how to use the KIOSC LMS system and navigate, the second introduces them to the case and sets the class in motion to find out who stole it!

Lab Operations: Analytical Services

What is it like to actually work in a lab? Hear from a real Forensic Scientist speak about their role and how being observant is key to solving a crime. Students are then able to interact in the lab and analyse evidence from the crime. Students take on the role as a Forensic Scientist analysing evidence using; soil analysis techniques and chromatography.

Lab Operations: Biometrics

Learn more about Forensic Science while processing the Biometric Lab. Students take on the role as a Forensic Scientist analysing evidence, such as: Fingerprinting, Shoe prints, Polygraph Analysis, Blood Typing Analysis and DNA profiling. Have they found the thief yet??

Field Operations and Information Services

Students process suspect interviews, alibis and develop timelines. They learn how to collate evidence and work out the means, motive and opportunity of the case.

LIVE Reveal

After collating the evidence, students join KIOSC again for a LIVE reveal. Did they solve it?

Links to industry and pathways:

  • Police and Forensic Science
  • Medical Technologies
  • Lab Skills

Time:

  • 1x 50 minute LIVE session to introduce students to the case!
  • KIOSC LMS (6 hours of Learning) – activities in KIOSC’s Learning Management System
  • 1x 40 minute LIVE Session to reveal! (Book this in when the students are ready!)

Student Numbers:

  • Minimum 10 students when booking. Combined Year Levels are not an issue.
  • Maximum unlimited.

 


7. STEM: Mission to Mars (Y5-8)

What students will learn:

How could we live and work on Mars?

Space exploration and the willingness of humans to live on other planets is becoming a reality. Society has adopted many benefits from space research & explorations and we will continue to benefit from discoveries made. The ability to live on Mars and function as a working society poses many challenges and obstacles.

What students will do:

This program explores the challenges of humans living and working on Mars, using a LIVE Online KIOSC educator tutorial and the KIOSC Learning Management System (LMS).

LIVE Session 1: Long Term Space Travel and Packing for Space!

Students explore ideas and solutions to long term space travel, using an empathetic approach. Space travel is expensive and difficult. The more baggage you take the more fuel you burn. If you could only take 30kg to space, what would you pack?

LIVE Session 2: Mars Rover

Students use ‘Scratch’ coding to create and program a Mars Rover to navigate the Martian surface in search of valuable resources.

Links to industry and pathways:

  • Scientific Endeavour
  • Engineering

Time:

  • 2 x 90 minute session with post work activities in KIOSC’s Learning Management System.

Student Numbers:

  • Minimum 10 students when booking. Combined Year Levels are not an issue.
  • Maximum unlimited.

8. STEM: Fractured Fairy Tales (Y5-9)

What students will learn:

Imagine writing your own Choose Your Own Adventure story. This program engages students in writing as they mindmap and plan their adventure, and develop their literacy skills. Students will use elements of ‘trait writing’ to scaffold their storytelling. The Choose Your Own Adventure style builds on a well known fairy tale – Little Red Riding Hood. Student use the linear story and start to diverge and offer choices in the story to the reader. Students will also learn to tell a story through a different voice; what if the wolf was actually nice and arrived to help Grandma, and it was all a big misunderstanding??

What students will do:

Part 1 – Getting Started in PowerPoint

Students are guided through a video activity to learn the basics of using PowerPoint in a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ style. They will learn how to hyperlink to different slides, and how to import video and/or sound elements into their presentation.

Part 2 – Story with a New Voice

How will the new version of the story be told? Students brainstorm a new style to tell their story – what genre will the story be told in?

Links to industry and pathways:

  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Technologies

Time:

  • 1 x 90 minute session with  post work activities in KIOSC’s Learning Management System

Student Numbers:

  • Minimum 10 students when booking. Combined Year Levels are not an issue.
  • Maximum unlimited.

9. STEM: Genetics and Micro-arrays (Y9-10)

What students will learn:

How are some cancer diagnosed and treated?

Epigenetics is the modification of gene expression due to environmental conditions. When analysing how different conditions arise in individuals, medical professionals can identify how certain cancers have arisen. There is now a body of evidence suggesting that epigenetic modifications comprising DNA methylation and chromatin remodeling play a pivotal role in the early stages of breast cancerogenesis. This being said, diagnosis and a microarray analysis can help determine a conditional treatment.

What students will do:

Session 1: Epigenetics
KIOSC LMS

On KIOSC’s Learning Management System – Students are introduced to the concept of epigenetics by completing an interactive activity. Using this information, they are then given two patients’ medical records to analyse and explain how their breast cancer possibly began.

Session 2: Microarray Analysis

A LIVE interactive video feed from the KIOSC Lab – Students view a modified microarray to analyse and determine the treatment (chemotheraphy) process for the two cancer patients.

Links to industry and pathways:

  • Medical Technologies
  • Lab Skills

Time:

  • Session 1: LIVE 50 minute session
  • KIOSC LMS (6 hours of Learning) – activities in KIOSC’s Learning Management System
  • Session 2: LIVE 60 minute session

Student Numbers:

  • Minimum 10 students when booking. Combined Year Levels are not an issue.
  • Maximum unlimited.

Booking Details:

  1. Programs run for 70-90 minutes and all have an interactive component where students will be completing a task.
  2. Programs have pre and post work to complete in KIOSC’s Learning Management System. We require student details for them to access the system.
  3. Know what day and time you would like the program.
  4. Identify approximately how many students will be online – we can run as many as you need. Minimum of 10 students for the program booking.
  5. When BOOKING – remember the program you would like to book and scroll down to the message box on the booking page and add the program number you are booking into.