Mount Gambier programs

Mount Gambier

UniSA Connect programs for secondary school students connect with science, technology, engineering, mathematics and career information. All programs are supported by the University of South Australia and are offered free of charge for students (unless otherwise advised).

At the Mount Gambier campus, UniSA Connect will be conducting

  • STEM Innovation Experience

The STEM Innovation Experience (STEMIE) aims to increase STEM engagement in schools and increase awareness of STEM in the wider community. This is achieved through students’ participation in a series of STEM-based tasks linked to curriculum.  

STEMIE has three major components - a Learning Phase, the STEMIE Regional Showcase, which then culminates with the STEMIE State Final.

  • STEM Girls

A learning and networking opportunity for Year 11 girls studying Science and Mathematics who wish to explore STEM careers. STEM Girls aims to support young women to continue studying Science and Mathematics through their schooling and into university.

The girls will be invited to participate in two inquiry based learning days at UniSA ­- a STEM Girls Networking Dinner and a full day Industry Tour.

  • STEM Days

UniSA connect will be at Mount Gambier campus on:

Biological Tech

  • Thursday 7 June
  • Friday 8 June
  • Friday 10 August

Mechatronics

  • Thursday 7 June
  • Friday 8 June

Mathematics

  • Tuesday 7 August
  • Wednesday 8 August

Biological Technology STEM Day

(7 June, 8 June, 10 August 2018)

For: Year 10 and 11 students

An introduction to health sciences and some of the career paths within this field. Biological Technology focuses on collection of health data within both a clinical and sport science context using specific equipment.

This full day program consists of two sessions:

Session 1 - Clinical Biology incorporates interactive and hands on activities to learn about clinical conditions, blood, gaseous transport and hereditary disorders. Students will use the Simulation Nursing Anne, which is used by nursing students in their practical based learning.

Students will use blood pressure monitors and oximeters to collect personal health data and calculate their own blood oxygen volumes. They will make a diagnosis from a mock triple zero call and the vital signs and outputs from the training manikin. They will also investigate clinical hand washing techniques and how to personally minimise the potential spread of disease.

Session 2 – Sport Science Innovative Technologies will focus on sport science laboratory practicals using Vernier Spirometers. The data collected in this practical will enable students to draw conclusions about their lung capacity, tidal volume and effects of physical activity.

Students will collect practical data using Vernier Spirometers, learn how to read and analyse the data collected, draw conclusions and make comparisons with other class members data.

Conditions

As this program is a practical activity, students and accompanying adults will be required to wear closed shoes and appropriate dress.

Activities may include outdoor components, meaning it would be advisable to bring hats and sunscreen to the session.

Students and staff will need to either bring their lunch on the day or purchase lunch from the TAFE cafeteria.

Teachers will receive confirmation of booking and pre-visit information

This program requires a minimum of 15 to attend, and has a capacity of 25 students. 

Mechatronics STEM day

(7 June, 8 June 2018)

The mechatronics STEM day is an introduction into the world of engineering. Mechatronics combines several engineering fields including electronics, mechanical engineering and computer engineering in a multidisciplinary style that is growing in popularity and demand. In this program students focus on design techniques, including 3D printing, and electronics, including soldering and identifying circuit components.

For year 10 and 11 students

This full day program consists of two sessions:

Session 1 – 3D printing

This session is an introduction into the 3D printing process. Students will explore the uses and applications of this additive manufacturing technique, watch 3D printers in action and design their own 3D printed object using CAD-based software.

Students will learn the basic functions of CAD software and progress through a series of tutorials to become skilled in basic 3D modelling. They will then create their own 3D printed object, within specific guidelines, suitable for printing

Please note: due to the 3D printing time, the student designed objects are usually printed after the session and posted to the school. 

Session 2  - Electronics

This session in an introduction into electronics. Students will practise soldering techniques whilst developing their ability to identify and understand the function of electronic circuitry components.

Students will assemble and construct a “Music Matcher” electronic kit developed by the University of South Australia. This kit consists of a one-octave electronic keyboard as well as a memory and reaction timer game. Students will keep their completed kits at the conclusion of the day.

Conditions

As this program is a practical activity, students and accompanying adults will be required to wear closed shoes and appropriate dress

Long hair will need to be tied up on the day

Teachers will receive confirmation of booking and pre-visit information

This program requires a minimum of 15 to attend, and has a capacity of 25 students.

Mathematics STEM Day

(7, 8 August 2017)

A look at some of the real-world applications of mathematics, including the use of networks for train scheduling and disease control, and the use of smart basketballs and Bluetooth technology to collect data for mathematical analysis  

Session 1 – Networks

This session looks Euler’s Rule and how it can be used to solve real world network problems such as train timetabling, postal deliveries and disease control. Students will solve a variety of network problems and recognise Euler paths and cycles.

Session 2 – Smart Basketballs

Using 94 Fifty basketballs with inbuild sensors and Bluetooth capability, students will participate in a practical session to collect sports data for analysis. They will use this data to make comparisons with other student data and to draw conclusions about the performance.

Conditions

As this program is a practical activity, students and accompanying adults will be required to wear closed in shoes and appropriate dress.

Activities may include outdoor components, meaning it would be advisable to bring hats and sunscreen to the session.

Teachers will receive confirmation of booking and pre-visit information.

This program requires a minimum of 15 students to attend, and has a capacity of 25 students.

Bookings

A negotiated day for schools that can be tailored to suit.

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