Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series

Museums Victoria is offering a range of programs as part of the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series, a series of high-quality extension activities across all areas of the curriculum funded by the Department of Education.

Museums Victoria and the Department of Education have partnered to provide high-ability students with an opportunity to participate in a range of innovative Museum programs at Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Immigration Museum.

These programs are FREE for all Government Schools. Students have the opportunity to participate in these programs from Term 3, 2020, until Term 4, 2022.

Over the two-and-a-half years of the series, Museums Victoria will be offering the following programs:


Melbourne Museum

Learning Lab programs  

Students participate in a Learning Lab program, either "Rockumentary" or "Climate Change and Victoria’s Future", this is followed by an opportunity to meet a Museum Scientist. This program is delivered in school hours.

Two girls holding rocks and speaking while another girl is recording on a  ipad

VCES Rockumentary

Students become mini-geologist and filmmakers as they learn about rocks and create short documentaries to communicate their findings.

 


Immigration Museum

Students participate in a creative workshop where they work with published authors and artists, exploring the many stories featured in the Immigration Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions. This program is delivered in school hours.

Exhibition graphic "Becoming You"

Culture Makers Lab

Students explore the complexities of identity and belonging through creative learning workshops.

 


Scienceworks

School Holiday Challenge

Students participate in a two day "Moonbase Camp" or "STEM Camp". Students will partake in onsite activities at Scienceworks over two consecutive days in the school holidays. This program is delivered out of school hours.

A prototype of an exhibition using cardboard and electronics

STEM Camp

A two day workshop for selected students to learn about digital tech and design through prototyping their own interactive science exhibit.

Fictitious moon base on the surface of the Moon

Moon Base Camp

A two-day workshop for a select number of students to visit the Planetarium, hear from an astronomer and make a 3D design of a Moonbase for human habitation.

 


How to register

The process for registering students will differ for activities that occur during and out of school hours: 

  • Activities delivered during school hours: schools will register their students to participate in activities, as well as coordinate the required parental consent for these activities. 
  • Activities delivered out of school hours: schools will refer students to participate in activities. Parents and caregivers will be responsible for registering students in these activities and will liaise directly with the activity provider to organise attendance. 

In 2020, places will be filled on a 'first-in, first-served' basis. In 2021 and 2022, schools and students who have not participated in the activity will be given priority access.

Interested families and caregivers of high-ability students should talk to their schools about which activities are the best fit for them. 
 


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