OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN STEM, SCIENCE AND SPACE
SA Space School Year 10 Camp
The SA Space School Camp will be held in the 2021 October school holidays. This 4-day residential camp includes students being involved in microgravity and astronomy investigations, building and launching rockets at Hamilton Secondary College Space School, undertaking a full day ‘Mission to Mars’ at the Hamilton Space Science Centre, a tour of the new Space Discovery Centre at Lot Fourteen as well as visiting many other space research and industry groups. Click here to find out how to apply. Please note there will not be any St Michael’s staff attending this “camp” so it will be individual families to make their own assessment about suitability etc. Applications close 31 August 2021.
Mission Discovery Adelaide Camp
For students who have been inspired by attending the SA School Space Camp previously and/or have saved up to go overseas to the NASA Space Camps in Alabama, there is now an alternative in Adelaide. Running for the first time in January 2022 and open to all 14 to 18 years olds, this Mission Discovery Adelaide” camp will be based at St Peter’s College, Adelaide with a NASA astronaut and a host of world renowned scientists. The camp has an overall mission of working in a team under the guidance of NASA astronauts and top scientists to design an experiment destined for the International Space Station (ISS). At the end of the week camp judges will pick the best experimental idea which will be built by King’s College London, launched to the ISS, and carried out in space by the astronauts aboard the station. Please be aware it is very expensive at $1800 and is family funded. Click here to find out more.
Opportunities in the Space Industry
‘Your Voice, Your Future in the Space Industry’: Check out this video from Defence SA’s #SAYouthWeek series featuring South Australian Space Industry Centre’s Director, Space Darin Lovett as he goes through the universe of opportunities available to young people seeking a career in #SouthAustralia’s #SpaceIndustry! Click here to watch the video.
This year STEM FastTrack will be holding its first ever summit!
The ESTEAM summit is a competition where the brightest young minds around the state come up with solutions to the worlds’ problems using entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts/design, and mathematics (ESTEAM). You can register as an individual or as a team.
The competition is broken into two parts:
- Students identify a problem in one or multiple given topics (space, cyber security, artificial intelligence, pandemic, environment), before researching and coming up with a solution using one of the given focus areas (ESTEAM). Students will then present their solution as a video, TikTok, short essay or infographic. Students can work in groups of up to three people.
- Our judges will select the most impressive submissions to present their findings in front of a panel like shark tank. The top five solutions will be invited to the summit event to present their solutions in front of the panel, for the chance to win. Entries are now open and are due 14 October 2021 at 5:00 pm (1700).
Entries can be sent via email or by tagging ESTEAM on TikTok: @esteamsummit, #esteamsummit
YEAR 11 STUDENTS SUBJECT SELECTION for YEAR 12 2022
We hope students have made good use of their Subject Selection package resources. Whilst the due date to lodge preferences is this Monday 23 August, and the due date to hand up forms is Wednesday 25 August, careers counsellors are still taking appointments right through to the Subject Counselling Day on Thursday 26 August.
It is very important students complete ‘Jobs and Courses of Interest’ on the front page of the form so that their allocated subject counsellor has time to go over this prior to the subject counselling session on Thursday 2 September.
When selecting subjects, students should check the ‘assumed knowledge subjects’ for each subject. If a student is listing a subject for which they have not met the assumed knowledge for, they should be approaching the Head of Department to discuss this before attending the subject counselling appointment. We encourage students to ask their Semester 1 teachers what they entered as recommendations for 2022.
A reminder for students contemplating a VET Certificate course that it is not advisable to undertake this and to aim for a competitive ATAR if the course takes you out of school for a full day per week.
Given the opportunity for individual appointments is quite tight and counsellors are not generally free to take direct phone calls, we welcome any email questions: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. For Vocational Education questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
YEAR 12 UPDATE
A SEQTA direct message was sent to students and parents/caregivers during the week reminding students of the critical two step deadline to be eligible for a University of Adelaide Year 11 conditional offer. The deadline to complete these two steps is this coming Tuesday, 24 August at 5:00 pm. We are running a step by step session on Monday at 1:30pm in the LEC for students who need help meeting this deadline.
The email also had updates on opportunities of Traineeships and Apprenticeships that are being advertised now for 2022. It is very important students are checking SEQTA direct messages as once a week we are sending important updates.
Students also received an email recently regarding specific details about the grounds for ‘Individual Equity Bonus Points’ through SATAC. Individual Equity Bonus Points clarification “Means Tested Centrelink Number”. There are various categories within Centrelink which meet the eligibility requirement to apply for the five bonus points. Please click here for more information.
Year 12 students who are planning on applying for a course at Flinders University in 2022 may be interested in sitting the Flinders uniTEST.
The uniTEST is a 95-question multiple choice aptitude test looking at Quantitative Reasoning, Critical Reasoning, and Verbal Plausible Reasoning. The test takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete and is found to be difficult.
Flinders University will select applicants based on both their Year 12 results (60% weighting toward the Selection Rank ATAR) and uniTEST results (40%).
In 2022, Flinders will also consider applicants based on their uniTEST results (100%) as a standalone entry score (subject to SACE completion and any course pre-requisites or specific admissions requirements).
It’s free to sit, and even if you don’t do that well in the test you will not be disadvantaged as it will then only take your ATAR if that’s the better option. This is just another opportunity to gain some valuable exam and online aptitude testing skills for future employment.
uniTEST results can be used for all undergraduate Flinders Courses except the Bachelor of Clinical Science/Doctor of Medicine. You will still need to apply for your course via http://www.satac.edu.au/ by 30 September.
We are scheduled to sit the Flinders uniTest on Friday 10 September 2021 (Term 3, Week 8) here at school.
Time: 12:45 pm – 3:30 pm (If you complete the test before the allocated time, you are free to leave).
Students must arrive by 12:45 pm to login prior to a 1:00 pm start (You will receive your login details when you arrive).
Where: Computer Rooms 26 and 27
If you’re interested in sitting the uniTest, please email Mrs Tidd at email@example.com the following details in bold by no later than 4:00 pm Friday 27 August 2021 (end of Week 6).
- Personal Email – This needs to be a non-school email as all school emails will be wiped from the network at the end of the year. Please note: if you are creating a personal email address, please do not use symbols like underscores or hyphens. Try to keep it as professional as possible.
- SATAC Application Number – If you have already submitted a uni application through SATAC
- Postal Address
- Date of Birth
- Student mobile number
This information will be forwarded to Flinders University and ACER who administer the test (these details are required for us to obtain login details for you).
UNIVERSITY OPEN DAYS
UNISA MAGILL CAMPUS OPEN DAY
This coming Wednesday 25 August from 4:00 pm, the Uni SA Magill Campus will be holding tours and sessions. The courses covered are Creative Tour (Film & Television, Journalism, Communication and Media, and Creative Industries), Social Work, Psychology, Education and Bachelor of Arts. You must register in advance if you wish to attend. Click here for more information.
FLINDERS UNIVERSITY OPEN DAYS
Tuesday 24 August: Engineering, Computer Science and IT, Bachelor of Arts and Languages
Thursday 26 August: Sport Outdoor Ed, Education, Social Work and Psychology
Click here for more information and to register.
CHARLES DARWIN UNIVERSITY OPEN DAYS
Rolling virtual open events will be held from Monday 6 September. Click here for more information.
Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Careers Counsellors