Regional Outreach

Outreach takes science on the road

The Outreach Science roadshows are offered annually at La Trobe University’s regional campuses, bringing opportunities for secondary students in the Shepparton, Albury Wodonga and Mildura regions to engage in contemporary, hands-on science workshops, and use equipment and technology not normally offered in schools.

The roadshows contribute to efforts by La Trobe to close the opportunity gap between Victorian metropolitan and regional schools and reflect La Trobe’s focus on building community connections across regional Victoria.

Aimed at Years 9 to 12, the roadshows generally consist of one or two day events with a selection of workshops offered concurrently, giving students the chance to participate in a number of activities in a range of subjects.

The workshops demonstrate the real-world relevance of the science and technology curriculum, bringing text books to life and highlighting the opportunities and challenges in a world increasingly dominated by advances in STEM.

In addition to providing students with hands-on experience, the roadshows showcase study options and career pathways in STEM areas as students interact with scientists, PhD researchers and laboratory demonstrators from a cross-section of scientific, engineering and mathematics disciplines from La Trobe’s College of Science, Health and Engineering.

Regions play host to annual Outreach activities:

Bendigo

The suite of Outreach programs is offered in Bendigo and surrounds, as described in our brochure [PDF 1MB] and program summary flyer [PDF 0.2MB]. All workshops in these areas are offered by arrangement. To book contact Rachel Meredith, Bendigo Outreach Coordinator on r.meredith@latrobe.edu.au.

Engineering learning scaffolded by new built environment

Bendigo’s Science Outreach engineering workshops have a new home with the opening of the Engineering and Technology Building at La Trobe’s Bendigo campus. Budding engineers, IT specialists and scientists can benefit from the upgrade in equipment and facilities afforded by the new location.

In addition to established programs, Bendigo is host to a number of annual events:

Women in Physics lecture

La Trobe’s Bendigo campus plays host to an annual lecture in the Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics Lecture Tour. The tour celebrates the contribution of women to advances in physics and sees a woman of research excellence deliver lectures to high schools and universities around Australia.

National Biomechanics Day

The National Biomechanics Day sees Bendigo students participate in a range of activities related to biomechanics, including measuring the force generated in muscle contractions and using XSENS software to record and analyse movement.

ICT: It’s everywhere

Outreach presents robotics workshops and participates in panel discussions in a series of ‘ICT: It’s Everywhere’ forums organised by Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN). The forums feature ICT professionals, higher education and industry representatives and offer students real insight into ICT studies and career pathways.

Passions and Pathways

Grade 6 students from regional schools experience a day on La Trobe’s Bendigo campus to explore their passion for, and discover pathways in, science and engineering. Students participate in hands-on workshops aimed at inciting curiosity and imagination. Authentic ‘work experiences’ in the sciences is also provided for small groups of students as a part of this award-winning program.

Today Tomorrow Careers Day

Bendigo’s Outreach team delivers robotics workshops in Year 10 careers event organised in Benalla by the Today Tomorrow Foundation. The event aims to improve knowledge of career pathways and study and training opportunities.

The Maths Extension Program

The Maths Extension program, offered at La Trobe’s Bendigo campus, is aimed at enthusiastic year 9 and 10 students who are interested in tackling maths problems that take them beyond the school curriculum. In doing so, students hone their creative and analytical problem solving skills, which will be useful for their studies in maths and STEM more broadly. The sessions are self-contained, and no preparation is needed.

Albury-Wodonga

Besides the suite of programs listed in our brochure [PDF 1MB] or program summary flyer [PDF 0.2MB], Albury-Wodonga plays host to the following annual events.

VCE Physics Hub

La Trobe Science Outreach and Wodonga Senior Secondary College partner to deliver the Physics Hub for the benefit of students in the Albury-Wodonga region. Workshops offer supplementary learning for VCE Unit 3 and 4 regional students in two areas critical to students’ School Assessed Coursework (SAC) and ATAR results – transmission of electrical power and the photoelectric effect.

When:  Term 3 - September 2020 (exact date to be determined)
Venue:  Regional STEM Centre, Wodonga Senior Secondary College
Further information will be made available as soon as dates are determined.

Shepparton

Science and Technology Roadshow

Targeted mainly at Years 9 and 10, students participate in hands on activities in a range of disciplines, engage with post graduate students, scientists and researchers while gaining exposure to study options and career pathways in STEM areas.

When:  Exact dates to be determined
Venue:  Local school
Further information will be made available as soon as dates are determined.

Mildura

Science and Technology Roadshow

Targeted mainly at Years 9 and 10, students participate in hands on activities in a range of disciplines, engage with post graduate students, scientists and researchers while gaining exposure to study options and career pathways in STEM areas.

When:  June 2020 (exact dates to be determined)
Venue:  La Trobe University, Mildura campus (Benetook Avenue)
Further information will be made available as soon as dates are determined.

For enquiries please contact SHE outreach (+61 03 9479 6516), join our mailing list or download our brochure [PDF 1MB]