Bendigo Senior Secondary College and La Trobe University Bendigo will next week launch an exciting new program that offers specialist training to inspire and encourage young students to pursue careers in maths and science.

HANDS!On Tuesday, twenty BSSC students will make their first visit to the University’s Bendigo campus to trial the facilities they will be using in a joint soil analysis project with La Trobe university students later this year as part of the program.

Throughout term two, the college and university students will complete a project on soil issues in the Bendigo region using the university facilities to sample and test soils.

Key features of the specialist maths and science program include:

•    access to world class research laboratories, industrial facilities, university outreach programs and specialist maths and science schools
•    regular presentations from guest speakers and industry experts
•    support from academics and university students to develop high level research skills
•    access to high quality resources through the Victorian Virtual Learning Network
•    clearly planned career pathways.

Access to experts and resources

BSSC principal Dale Pearce said the new program aimed to excite, challenge and extend students to be the industry leaders of the future. He said the program would give students access to experts and resources that wouldn’t necessarily be available in a solely school-based program.

“The college has always had students with great passion and ability in mathematics, and across a range of sciences, and they recognise the outstanding career opportunities in these fields,” Dale said.

“Our specialist maths and science program is about extending those students and providing a range of career-focused activities, mentoring and personal support to allow them to reach their potential.

“We certainly hope that this program will be a springboard for some of the great Australian scientists and mathematicians of the future.”

An example of a close relationship

Catherine Farrell, La Trobe University’s School Partnership Program Coordinator (Regional) said the initiative was a further example of the strong partnership between Bendigo Senior Secondary College and La Trobe University.

"This program is the fruit of a strong partnership between our two institutions to broaden both the aspirations and knowledge base of students in Bendigo,” Ms Farrell said.

"We look forward to welcoming students taking part in the Maths/Science Specialist Program to the campus."


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