School of Education

Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation


Coral Campbell & Damian Blake- 2008

Creativity and Innovation In Science Challenge

This projects seeks to establish an ongoing Science Challenge for secondary science students in rural and regional areas serviced by Deakin University but supported by local industry networks. It has a number of purposes which are interlinked:

  • It is anticipated to rejuvenate interest ins cience at secondary level through the completion of real science projects;
  • It is expected that strong links will be forged betweeen school communities and industry partners that will provide ongoing support for the pursuit of sciecne in the area: and
  • It will provide a forum for young scientists through which to develop skills of scientific investigation and to share scientific discoveries.

These aims will be pursued through the development of a science challenge congress which will provide opportunities for students to link with a local scientific enterprise, undertake creative rsearch and prsent results to others in a conference-like congress. it is expected that this proposed congress will provide schools and students who are attempting to undertake innovative and creative learning with a means of support and public recognition.

The focus of this research is therefore:

  • The processes undertaken to establish science challenge in South-West Victoria that will connect schools in the region with local industry and community groups around the common purpose of establishing authentic projects to support the challenge;
  • The learning experiences of students, teachers and industry-partners participating ina pilot challenge established for 2008.

The research questions being investigated are:

  • What are the supports and constraints in schools and industry-partners, for establishing and participating inthe proposed challenge?
  • How can the involvement of students and teachers be maximised in the process of establishing the challenge?
  • What perceptions about science and mathematics education are held by stdents, teachers and industry-partners and how do these perceptions influence participation in the science challenge?
  • What strategies can be used to maximise the invovement by industry and community partners in such challenges?

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

8th July 2008