Southern schools head to Flinders for maths and science

silc A group of eighty-four Year 12 students from seven southern region schools will soon be getting to grips with their Stage 2 specialist maths, physics or chemistry subjects on the Flinders University campus, thanks to a new program that will also give them a preview of university life.

Students taking part in the pilot Year 12 Science and Maths Academy at Flinders (SMAF) from February 9 will be taught via lectures, classes and hands-on projects in the University’s first-year laboratories and teaching spaces by teachers competitively selected from the participating schools.

The students will also have access to a wide range of facilities and resources, including the University’s library.

Manager, Education Partnership of the Southern Knowledge Transfer Program, Ms Darlene Voss, said the program was an exciting collaboration between southern region schools and Flinders.

“The venture is designed to enhance and support the teaching of Stage 2 maths and science aligned with pathways to university, while providing a sophisticated and secure learning environment for school-aged students,” Ms Voss said.

Ms Liz Mead, Principal of Aberfoyle Park High School, said that interactions with other like-minded students and Flinders student mentors in the adult environment of university would provide the students with new opportunities to understand their subjects, give insights into future pathways and inspire them to achieve their best.

Professor Martin Westwell, Director of the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century (Science 21), said the program would provide innovation in science and maths education.

“By working together, in partnership with Flinders, the schools will offering the highest quality Year 12 courses. I’m delighted that the university is able to play its part in supporting the students, teachers and school communities involved,” Professor Westwell said.

The participating schools are Aberfoyle Park High School, Christies Beach High School, Eastern Fleurieu School, Hamilton High School, Mount Compass Area School, Seaford 6-12 High School and Wirreanda High School.

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