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Read more: Tournament of Minds, IMB EdTech Youth Challange and Gifted Awareness Week

 


Tournament of Minds – Seeking Two More Students Yrs 7, 8, 9

We are seeking two more students in Years 7, 8 or 9 to join the Tournament of Minds (TOM) teams. TOM offers teams of students the opportunity to solve authentic, open-ended challenges that foster creative, divergent thinking whilst developing collaborative enterprise, excellence and teamwork.

Challenges are set in the following disciplines The Arts, Language Literature, Social Sciences or STEM. Students work collaboratively across two school terms on challenges focused on a current world issue such as sustainability or social justice. Students are encouraged to utilise their skills in problem solving, creativity and relevant subject areas of interest.

Please contact me for more information at sboyce@waverley.nsw.edu.au

 


IBM EdTech Youth Challenge

The Australian Museum is delighted to be partnering with IBM and Macquarie University to launch the IBM EdTech Youth Challenge, opening 2 March 2021.

This challenge is an applied learning experience for students to understand and identify issues around environmental sustainability, health concerns and disaster resilience, and how artificial intelligence (AI) technology and design thinking methods can be used to tackle these problems.

The competition is open to high schools nationwide. Teachers with teams of students in Years 7 to 10 are invited to enter compelling projects where technology, with a focus on AI and machine learning, is applied to help solve existing or imminent problems facing society. A panel of judges will review submitted Project Logbooks and the team’s video pitch identifying their project issue and proposed AI solution, with prizes awarded to the most compelling entries from teams in Stages 4 and 5.

The deadline for submissions is 24 September. If you are interested in entering a submission, please see Ms Boyce.

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Gifted Awareness Week 2021

Gifted Awareness Week Australia was founded in 2015 by the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) to raise awareness of the identification, support and learning needs of gifted children and to celebrate the dedication of individuals and educational bodies who are making a positive difference in the lives of gifted children and their families.

This year’s theme is ‘Thriving as Gifted’ and aims to promote diverse learning through awareness of professional development opportunities for educators, and events for parents and families to make a positive difference in the lives of gifted children.

Gifted Awareness Week 2021

Gifted Awareness Week 2021

External Resources and Event Information

A range of resources are available externally and include the following associations:

Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented

Gifted Awareness Week Website

Event Information for Parents and Students

The Gifted New South Wales website also includes information about events for parents and students to attend. This includes a seminar on Saturday 22 May run through GERRIC NSW about how parents can support their gifted children to thrive.

Waverley College offers a range of program services for gifted and high-ability students across all gifted domains – intellectual, creative, socio-emotional, and physical – to ensure their talents are nurtured and students are able to reach their full potential. For more information please contact Ms Boyce.

 

Ms Stephanie Boyce

Academic Enrichment Coordinator

E: sboyce@waverley.nsw.edu.au