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Akorn education

Science Students @ Work

General Program Details:

This Akorn Biz-Ed LinxTM proram provides:

  • An experiential science experience for secondary school students
  • Students the opportunity to lear about the diversity and vitality of science
  • An opportunity to build science enquiry skills
  • Encourages students to make Informed, evidenced based decisions

There are several models of delivery of this program .

The traditional model involves teams of 5-6 year 10 or year 11 students placed in a science-based workplace for five days during which time they work as a consulting team researching potential solutions/outcomes for an issue/project brief given them by the host.  On the final day the teams present their recommendations in a written report and through a PowerPoint presentation.  Prior to their week placement the students participate in a 1/2 day project management workshop .

In 2008 a Semester SS@W program was introduced in a whole class environment, at Aquinas College, with four teams established.  The curriculum for Terms 3 and 4 for this class accepted a project brief given by The Cancer Council Victoria with the aim being:

To develop an appropriate kit of SunSmart UV Alert lesson and sign ideas for primary school students .

During Term 3 each team spent on eweek with a community partner that could assist in the research of relevant information and materials to achieve the end project goals . Class time was spent doing additional research and collating data gathered.

The final “kit” included teacher manual with lesson plans, relevant games activities, posters, fliers, cards and a movie-all highlighting the SunSmart UV Alert Message .

Other models include collaborative projects between schools who work in developing resources for community partners.


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