Expert Scientists Inspiring Students Across Victoria

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today officially launched a program bringing leading science teaching to inquisitive minds across Victoria.

Emerging Science Victoria provides Year 10 science students in government schools with the opportunity to study a high-quality emerging science subject, regardless of where they live.

Students study astrophysics, nanoscience and biology from their school via a live, interactive video link to specialist teachers in a teaching studio at John Monash Science School.

Using Cisco WebEx, Google Apps for Education and learning platform RealSmart, students interact in live classes with real teachers, scientists and peers from other schools.

Emerging Science Victoria is provided by John Monash Science School – Victoria’s first specialist secondary school focusing on science, mathematics and associated technologies – in partnership with the Department of Education and Training and Monash University.

It builds on the work of the National Broadband Network Virtual School of Emerging Sciences.

Today’s official launch is taking place during Education Week 2015, which has the theme of Crack the Code with Maths.

During the Week, now in its 71st year, hundreds of schools and early years education providers open their doors to their community to showcase how they are helping every child reach his or her full potential, including in maths.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“We’re supporting this program to help give students across the state a quality education that’s at the cutting-edge when it comes to knowledge.”

Education in the sciences is essential to the growth of our economy, and we need to ensure we give our young people the skills they need to have the best possible future.”

“Emerging Science Victoria is a great example of how we can lead the way and make Victoria the Education State.”

Quotes attributable to Principal of John Monash Science School, Peter Corkill

“The Emerging Science Victoria program is an excellent example of the secondary and tertiary sectors working together to blend leading-edge science with the national curriculum.”

“Recently we utilised the interactivity of ESV to have leading researchers from around the world join our classes, explain their discoveries and interact with participating students.”

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