School Outreach Programs

School Partnerships and Programs

We inspire, mentor and nurture young people in our high schools to take up challenges in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We encourage participants of our workshops to:

  • engage with our scientists
  • confront the issues of our times
  • discover the global context that STEM continually evolves in.

Delivering learning opportunities to middle year and VCE-level students across almost every discipline taught at La Trobe University.

Students participate in workshops, seminars and practical activities that enrich their studies and develop their confidence and learning skills at the relevant secondary curriculum level in a tertiary environment. Student workshops are innovative, challenging, fun, inter-disciplinary and flexible. Some are supported by career pathways seminars and half-hour introductory tours of the University’s key campuses.

Outreach workshops currently offered by the University’s two principal Colleges are indicated by discipline.

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The School Outreach team will be represented by:


Francesca Calati

Francesca Calati

Senior School Partnership Advisor, Outreach Programs

Francesca Calati is an education professional with extensive experience teaching, developing and advising on educational programs, policies and processes. Acknowledged as an authority in emerging sciences curriculum, she has made a significant contribution to science teaching in Australia.

Francesca is skilled in coordinating resources and turning emerging sciences into innovative, tangible programs and outcomes, which she has demonstrated by effecting change at both national and international levels. Her achievements were formally recognised when she received the 2007 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.  Inspired by an unwavering commitment to student success through experiential learning, Francesca has an intuitive talent for making secondary school science accessible and exciting.