We're excited to announce the January 2024 Student Programs occurring on the following dates.
Junior Scientia: Years 3 - 6
Scientia Challenge: Years 7 - 10
Online Sessions: Years 5 - 10
The on-campus 2024 Junior Scientia Student Programs will take place over three consecutive days on Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th January 2024.
Due to high demand, all of our Years 3-6 programs have sold out. If your preferred program is sold out, please add your name to the waitlist list here.
All workshops are developed and presented by experienced teachers who are qualified or experienced in gifted education. They possess the expertise and skills to encourage the interests and pique the curiosity of gifted children.
To provide an appropriate level of rigour and challenge for gifted students, the level of difficulty of the workshops is set two years above the enrolled school level of the child. The workshop structure is also designed to further develop social skills and provide an opportunity for gifted students to meet like-minded peers with similar interests.
In our Eco Architects workshop, you'll explore the amazing world of ecosystems and the creatures that live within them. Then, you'll get to unleash your creativity by designing and building your very own model ecosystem. It's a fun mix of learning and crafting, all while discovering how we can help our planet. Presented by Jessica Power
This workshop will focus on thinking critically about our own character through exploring our strengths and weaknesses, reflecting and awareness of our own character strengths and how to use them in the real world. This course will leave you with greater introspection, insight and result in increased self-awareness and ways this can improve their well-being. Presented by Emma Paul.
Design, build and code your own interactive environment that addresses the specific needs of living things while also considering the impact of climate and human actions. Step into a new dimension as you create a virtual representation using block-based coding and showcase your captivating design using Augmented Reality!
For this program, students are required to bring a computer, tablet or ipad. If your child does not have a device, please email email@example.com to request one. Presented by Kate Archer.
How has the modern world been shaped by this ancient civilisation? During this three-day course, we will delve into the world of Ancient Greek mythology. We will learn about a period of political, philosophical, artistic and scientific achievement that has formed a legacy unparalleled in its influence on the modern world. Be prepared to delve into the weird and wonderful world of Ancient Greek mythology and explore how these stories have still resonate over 2000 years later.
For this program, students are required to bring a computer, tablet or ipad. If your child does not have a device, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request one. Presented by Madeleine Fernon.
Students will be asked to bring three objects from the natural world that represents something to them over the three days. Objects may be stones, shells, bones, quills, wood, sticks, leaves, dried grass, seed pods, flowers or bark. The collections of objects will be drawn, storied and shared. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with different drawing materials such as charcoal, acrylics, water colours and the morning sessions will explore three different locations at the University. The University is a place with many gardens and the students will be able to take time and explore, look and think about plants and trees and how nature informs and inspires us. The students are asked to bring a journal and a favourite pen/pencil to write with and will be introduced to the idea of journaling, drawing and writing. The students will be offered the opportunity to story, write and create in a safe, inclusive space where all ideas are welcomed and celebrated. Presented by Dr Sarah Jane Moore
Have you ever wondered about how the different parts of your brain work? In this program, students will learn about the roles of each part of the brain. As they discover each part’s function, they will also build this part of the brain and engage in an experiment to further understand its function. As each piece is built, the students will connect their parts of the brain together, ending with a complete model of the brain.
For this program, students are required to bring a computer, tablet or ipad. If your child does not have a device, please email email@example.com to request one. Presented by Raquel Grammat.
Have you ever wanted to travel the galaxies, meet dinosaurs, or delve into the depths of the sea all without leaving your home? Welcome to ‘The Futuristic Worlds of Science Fiction’, where we break down everything you need to know to get you started on a fantastic voyage into a genre which is commonly misunderstood and feared by many. Presented by Helen Kizi.
Develop an understanding of the characteristics of special classes or sets of numbers, including primes, powers, irrational numbers and others. Draw fractal patterns based on an understanding of the iterative rules in fractal formation. Apply an understanding of simple geometric principles shapes to more complex shapes in 3+D. Engage with some of the ideas, conjectures and theories being studied in the discipline of Pure Mathematics. Presented by Daniel Judd.
Use theatre games to ignite your brain! In these face-to-face workshops, you will learn a range of fun improvised Drama games which align to cognitive processes and divergent thinking techniques. Use your multiple intelligences and general knowledge to create short scenes and build vivid memories of key concepts. This workshop will help you develop 21st century skills including critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, teamwork and social skills. Presented by Alastair Tomkins
Why did a letter from a scientist, written in 1953, sell for 5.3 million dollars in 2013? Who was behind an inspirational letter to Roald Dahl in 1989 that led him to write a best seller? And in 1610, what strange and powerful new invention did Galileo Galilei describe in a letter? Extraordinary epistles in literature and from the living have communicated ideas and information for centuries, covering every topic and genre. What will your imagination deliver in this challenging creative thinking and writing program? Let letters lead you to sensational story ideas and develop your skills as a writer. Students will also have a chance to send and receive mail through the UNSW post office. Presented by Andrea Blake.
Do you have what it takes to make it in the business world? In this workshop, you will discover how some of the world’s most powerful people made it to the top and how to turn a great idea into a great career. We will explore the different ways that people earn money and how businesses operate. You will then come up with your own business idea and develop you persuasive writing, speaking and leadership skills by learning the art of advertising and bringing your idea to life. Presented by Michael Graham.
Think of your favourite movie. If it had no sound or music, would it still have the same impact on you? Film music and cinematic sounds enhance character, create mood and heighten emotion in films. A soundscape can make or break a film. In this workshop, you will explore the work of film score composers, Foley artists, and the impact technology has had on the history of film music. Using computer software, you will learn to produce and arrange sounds, compose and record music, synchronize sounds to video, and create a film score soundtrack. Film composers of the future, come on down! Presented by Rodney and Anthea Wikstrom
Have you ever wondered how our brains work? What makes you ‘you’? What motivates us to do well? What causes us to feel stress? What are emotions and how do we recognise them? Do animals speak? What does it mean to think differently and how can this be a superpower? This workshop aims to explore the foundations of psychology as a science of mind and behaviour and engage with some challenging, reflective and engaging questions about who we are, how we think and how we can use this knowledge to do well, collaborate and value our differences as superpowers. Understanding how our brains work is at the centre of this journey as we delve into topics such as neurodiversity, optical illusions, the minds of prodigies, geniuses and ground-breaking discoveries. We also debate the role of artificial intelligence and how this may impact psychology in the future, with a focus on robotics and cognitive implants. As we gain more understanding through discussions, games and research projects, we actively reflect on the ways this knowledge can help us become more informed, resilient and develop our strengths to learn more effectively, excel in school and develop confidence in our unique gifts and talents. Presented by Dr Maja Milatovic
The on-campus 2024 Junior Scientia Student Programs will take place over three consecutive days on Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th January 2024.
Due to high demand, all of our Years 7-10 programs have sold out. If your preferred program is sold out, please add your name to the waitlist list here.
The Scientia Challenge program features a range of exciting workshops taught over three days designed for gifted and talented high school students in Years 7-8 and Years 9-10.
Developed and led by practising experts, the workshops follow a university-style investigative structure with intellectually-stimulating content. With the level of study aimed two years higher than the students' grade level, these dynamic workshops offer gifted students a rigorous and challenging program.
There are many theories about the true origins of the mythical city of Atlantis. One of the most well-known is that the real Atlantis was on the island of Ancient Thera (Santorini) which was destroyed in a volcano around 1500 BCE. Students will read Plato's original account and then use research skills to draw conclusions on the big question, creating a product of their choice to present their learning. Presented by Bridget Martin
This program paints science in a new light to show students its relevance in the information age we live in. Together, we explore how we can apply the scientific method to our everyday lives to promote critical thinking, skepticism, and creativity. The program will traverse a diverse range of topics including pseudoscience, ethics, psychology and philosophy, neuroscience, and the intersection of science with society. Presented by Onur Tangley
Through this workshop, you will learn concepts and principles for designing Virtual Reality (VR) content. It will involve experiencing VR with current technology and creating your own VR prototypes. You will learn about immersive technologies, design processes, storytelling and more, getting you started as an immersive experience designer for the future metaverse.Presented by Dean Utian
Mythic fiction is literature that draws from the tropes, themes, and symbolism of myth, legend, folklore, and fairy tales. Students will respond to short stories, films and extracts which reflect a wide range of cultural interpretations of fantasy, myth and legend. Presented by Helen Kizi
Cosmology is the study of the origin, nature, evolution and large-scale structure of our Universe, encompassing literally everything from stars and galaxies to space and time itself. This workshop will deep dive into the ideas and concepts in cosmological thought, covering astronomy, astrophysics, history, the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, and explore particle and nuclear physics. No prerequisite knowledge of mathematics or physics is required other than a general interest in space and astronomy. Please note while there are some activities, cosmology is after all a theoretical field! Students should expect a predominantly lecture format over the three days. Presented by Carl Gibbs
Over the course of 3 days we will firstly be looking at the structure and function of the normal brain and spinal cord, before moving on to consider types of disease which can affect the brain and spinal cord. You will have lots of opportunity to practice clinical examination of the nervous system on your fellow students and we will be thinking about how brain disease or damage might be prevented or repaired. Presented by Dr Kenneth Ashwell
Albert Einstein once said, If I had an hour to solve a problem, I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions. Have you ever been stuck on a math problem then had it explained to you and thought How did they think of that?! Are you curious why some people seem to think so clearly? In this workshop we'll make sense of difficult problems by thinking logically and rationally. Presented by Victor Jauregui
Develop and apply good writing practices to more complex forms of writing. Experiment with different non-traditional approaches to writing, such as interactive or CYOA-style writing. Develop and apply some simple programming techniques to augment written work.
For this program, students are required to bring a computer, tablet or ipad. If your child does not have a device, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request one. Presented by Daniel Judd
The Online 2024 Student Programs will take place over two non-consecutive days on Monday, January 8th & Monday, January 15th. These two-day programs occur across two Mondays with problem-based learning tasks to complete throughout the week.
Students are welcome to attend both face-to-face and online programs.
There are many theories about the true origins of the mythical city of Atlantis. One of the most well-known is that the real Atlantis was on the island of Ancient Thera (Santorini) which was destroyed in a volcano around 1500 BCE. Students will read Plato's original account and then use research skills to draw conclusions on the big question, ending with a live debate about the real Atlantis.
Students in Year 4 are welcome to apply for advanced entry to this program. Presented by Bridget Martin
Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, particularly machine learning (ML), are changing how people work, study, play and live. You will learn how to use machine learning technologies (e.g. various artificial neural networks and decision trees) and free online tools (e.g. for classification or for generation of text/images/music) in ways that avoid pitfalls such as bias. You will apply this knowledge in your own machine learning project using free online tools that require no programming (but can also export data for additional processing by your programs, if you wish) and free data sets. Presented by Dr Vladomir Tosic
Have you ever watched a spy movie and wondered how they communicated through code? In this Cryptology program, you will learn about the mathematics behind code making and code breaking. You will also study several codes of historical importance, including mathematical codes that helped win wars. Along the way, you will explore pure mathematics, such as modular arithmetic, and the difficulties in using math to create codes. Presented by Christopher Goodrich
Unpacking the purpose of, and thinking behind, the most challenging interview questions ever. Dive into the world of elite company interviews and uncover the art and science behind them. In this immersive two-day online workshop, students will analyse challenging interview questions from leading global companies, explore desirable 21st Century Skills, and engage in interactive mock interviews. By analysing questions and simulating the experiences of interviews, as well as crafting their own interview sets, participants understand the nuances of the interview process and gain insights into company values and strategic questioning. This program promises a blend of theoretical knowledge, fun and practical application, and invaluable skills development. Presented by Henry Spencer Davis
Every year GERRIC offers scholarship opportunities for students to attend our summer programs. Scholarships are available for online and face-to-face programs with the aim of assisting families and students facing financial hardship and educational disadvantages.
Our GERRIC Student Programs Scholarships closed on Friday, November 3rd. Parents and carers are welcome to continue submitting applications after the deadline however funds for scholarships and student programs tickets are not guaranteed.
If you would like assistance with your application or have any questions, please contact us at 02 9385 1972 or at email@example.com
Tickets can be purchased on the GERRIC Student Programs Eventbrite page. Tickets will be released to the general public on Friday, October 20. A reminder email will be sent to all subscribers on our mailing list.
GERRIC Student Programs Online | $250.00
GERRIC Scientia Challenge Years 7-10 | $425.00
GERRIC Junior Years 3-6 | $425.00
Once you purchase your ticket on the GERRIC Student Programs Eventbrite page, you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite with a link to Qualtrics survey where you submit the gifted criteria.
Please ensure you complete all required questions.
We use this information to ensure your child meets eligibility requirements for gifted learning. All documents will be treated as confidential and will be deleted after the January programs.
Should programs spots become available, one of the GERRIC team will be in contact with you about availability. GERRIC will only offer wait-list tickets to individuals who have registered using this form.
A change of program may be allowed if space is available, however, changes must me requested before December 1st and must be in writing by email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A change of program will not be allowed during the event, except in exceptional circumstances.
In this case, you will be offered the option to enrol your child in another course or receive a refund. A member of the GERRIC team will be in contact with you to discuss options.
In this case, we may request additional documentation or offer you a refund. All applications are reviewed on a case by case basis.
GERRIC welcomes all gifted learners and aims to create an inclusive space. In the ticket, there is an opportunity to share your specific need with us. If you would like to share more details, please email email@example.com and include the child’s full name and ticket number.