Outreach Pathways Programs
Building productive partnerships with a range of internal and external stakeholders allows UniSA College to deliver a rich and diverse range of Pathways Programs.
Pathways Programs focus on:
- inspiring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) study with secondary school students
- forming productive school partnerships
- promoting career awareness
- engaging community groups
The Pathways team utilise academic expertise to identify relevant current STEM ideas and develop interactive experiential programs with school partners to provide authentic learning links for students. Scenario based problem solving is used as a key approach in the programs.
Current professional learning for secondary maths and science teachers is a focus, with teachers being engaged in a range of targeted technical workshops in current topics, including 3D printers. UniSA College is currently engaging with teachers in the Advanced Technology Project, Anangu Tertiary Education Program and Teach SA.
The Teach SA (Retrain) program is a collaboration between the Division of Information Technology Engineering and the Environment, The School of Education and UniSA College. Teach SA is a state government STEM strategy to retrain existing teachers by offering a Graduate Certificate of Education in senior maths, physics or chemistry.
Secondary schools are invited to participate in 2 hour workshops, including Engineers Without Borders, Physics practicals related to the year 12 curriculum, Microfluidics, Penguin Pong, Taster Program for students with disabilities and software applications. Specialist programs invite schools to nominate students who show an aptitude and talent for STEM subjects, including the Maths Experience Program and Science Booster. One day experiential programs for regional schools can be negotiated.
SMS@UniSA caters for Senior Maths and Science and is a collective of northern region schools who have low student numbers in Year 12 Chemistry, Year 12 Physics and Year 12 Specialist Maths. UniSA College supports this by providing facilities, access to equipment and enrichment opportunities.
The STEM programs are delivered in the UniSA College Maths and Science Centre or in specialised laboratories.
The University has established a creative learning space, UniSA College Maths and Science Centre at Mawson lakes campus to engage secondary students in maths and science. The Centre was awarded a commendation by the Council for Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Australasia Region Facilities Awards 2012. The Council recognised the Centre for its vibrant, creative, welcoming and comfortable learning space which engages learning through the use of stimulating colour and fixtures, a range of work areas that are flexible and visually stimulating and the provision of access to graphic and multisensory resources with the result being a simple yet highly creative and inspiring space that is a strong enabler to teaching and learning activities appropriate for the 21st century.
The Career Awareness program is designed to give secondary students (years 10 - 12) the opportunity to explore career options. This program is delivered in the secondary school classroom utilising MyCareerMatch to profile the skills and abilities of each student. Third year Psychology undergraduates assist UniSA College in the delivery of personalised profiles and work with students to interpret the information. The program is negotiated with the individual secondary schools to meet the needs of the school, with many using it as part of the Year 10 Personal Learning Plan subject.
Engaging Community Groups
UniSA College partners with many community centres and organisations to run programs for members of the public.
Collaboration with Community Centre staff allows UniSA College to develop working relationships to encourage their clients to re-engage with education and to promote UniSA College Foundation Studies and Diplomas. Targeted information sessions provide enabling education information and career awareness.
UniSA College partners with community groups to contribute to an early intervention strategy that engages young Aboriginal people in sporting activities. The Aboriginal Power Cup program encourages students to continue their education and make positive life choices.
The Aboriginal Power Cup is an initiative of the Attorney General's Department in partnership with Port Adelaide Football Club, and was developed in response to key recommendations in Monsignor Cappo's To Break The Cycle report.