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Academic specialisation - Ideas

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“Challenging and supporting students to reach their full potential”

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The Miami High IDEAS Specialisation Program caters for students who are passionate about learning in the areas of Technology, Design, Engineering and Business. IDEAS is on offer for those students who excel in problem solving, working in groups, hands on tasks and solving real world problems using a variety of technologies.

IDEAS strives to develop a global mindset in our students whilst developing compassion and empathy, promoting respect within our school, the community and beyond.

Students are inspired to reach their highest academic potential through an innovative curriculum that encourages them to become effective global citizens, innovators and leaders of their chosen field.

The incorporation of Higher Order Thinking skills to deepen knowledge, enable inquiry, innovation and creativity allows students to become reflective thinkers, problem solvers and confident, effective communicators and leaders.

Purpose of the programs

  • To offer challenging, hands on, high order thinking tasks for students in order to extend their learning in the areas of Technology, Design, Engineering and Business.
  • To provide more focus on deep learning. This includes providing work that targets the students’ critical and creative thinking skills, their problem solving skills and their inquiry skills.
  • To build a learning culture wherein like-minded students learn from and challenge each other.

Course Structure

 The IDEAS program is a structured program that will run over two years in Years 7 and 8.  Students will participate in 3 x 70 minute lessons each week over three terms each year for the duration of the program. IDEAS will have a large focus on building a student’s knowledge and capacity in the areas of technology, design, engineering and business through hands on individual and group project based tasks and assessments.  Students will be provided with specialised equipment and work collaboratively with others to develop problem solving and higher order thinking skills.  Students will work with specialised teachers to solve real world problems and develop technical solutions to these problems.  Students will participate in an excursion and will be encouraged to be involved in outside Stem programs such as Tournament of the Minds, STEM Club and Miami Business Week.

To be considered for entry into the IDEAS Specialisation Program students need to have demonstrated a high level of interest and participation in the areas of technology and design in their previous years of learning.  In addition, students are required to submit an expression of interest and attend a trial day to demonstrate their skills in:

  • Problem Solving and Higher order thinking

  • Ability to work in groups productively

  • Technology knowledge and interest

Cost

This is a specialisation program so there is no annual fee however extra-curricular activities may incur additional costs.

 

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To apply, please complete an application form by clicking on the following link - Academic Excellence form  

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Last reviewed 01 March 2021
Last updated 01 March 2021