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GTCASA Youth Workshop 2017

Gifted and Talented Children's Association of South Australia

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Friday, July 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM (ACST)

GTCASA Youth Workshop 2017

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Early Bird ticket - all sessions   more info 91 Tickets Jun 2, 2017 A$205.00 A$10.22
Standard ticket - all sessions   more info 96 Tickets Not Started A$250.00 A$12.24

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The GTCASA youth workshop is a learning experience at Flinders University designed for intellectually gifted school age students in school years 8,9 and 10. It is held annually.

The Gifted and Talented Children's Association of South Australia (ABN 214 538 398 52) organises events to aid the intellectual, emotional and social development of the gifted children of South Australia.

This workshop introduces gifted school age students to a University learning experience, and features a choice of subjects presented by University staff and world experts. There is a discount code for country schools, and a discount code for GTCASA members and member schools. If you are eligible, please contact GTCASA for the discount codes.


Who is this event intended for?

Intellectually gifted school age students in years 8, 9 and 10.

Do students need a formal assessment for giftedness to attend?

No, just a referral by school or parent is required.

Do students get to choose their learning?

Yes! There are a number of workshops to choose from in each of 4 sessions:

Morning sessions, Middle sessions, Wednesday afternoon, Thursday afternoon.

Choose from the list of abstracts

The Abstracts can be found at the end of the FAQ

How is the workshop structured?

There are subjects that run over 3 days, and some subjects are stand alone for an afternoon session.

Do we have to enrol for the entire 3 days?

No. You can choose to enrol for all sessions over 3 days (Standard ticket), or any of the afternoon sessions separately.

What can/can't students bring to the event?

Students need to bring lunch and recess to the event. Students can't bring any food with nuts in it.

What about bringing electronics?

Use of personal electronics during the event is strongly discouraged, so laptops and tablets should not be brought. A phone can be brought for emergency use. During free time, students are encouaged to take the opportunity to meet and socialise with like-minded peers from other schools.

Can I update registration information?


 Why is it not in school holidays this year?

It needs to be held during the Flinders mid-Semester break, which doesn't align with school holidays this year.



MORNING SESSIONS, 930-1100 (Pick One)

Simulation & Serious Games with Marissa Bond
What are serious games? Find out how computer games can be used to improve people’s health and education, and work with a team mate to build your own ‘serious game’.
Fundamental Figure Drawing Workshop with Lauryn Arnott
Drawing is the essential foundation to painting. Whilst drawing directly from a Life Model, you with learn foundational skills and techniques : form, tonal realism, value (grey scale), line, how to use negative and positive shapes to create composition. Each participant will be encouraged to develop their own style of drawing.
Gamelan at Pendopo with Dodi Darmadi
Learn to play the ensemble of Indonesian musical instruments that are the Gamelan within the Pendopo building at Flinders University.
Create a fabulous 3D Abstract Mask with Meredith Philips and Sally Sanders
Imagine exploring the amazing geometric shapes of cubist artist, Picasso, the bright patterns of German artist, Hundertwasser, and the masks of Africa to create your own imaginative 3D mask. With bright colours, abstract shapes and lots of fun with mixed media materials and found objects, get creative during three morning sessions to complete your own personalised, extra-large mask ready to display!

(Pick one)



Tricking the eye with Associate Professor Amy Hamilton
Creating illusory artworks using a variety of methods to trick the viewer into ‘seeing’ impossible images. Participants will explore techniques such as drawing impossible shapes and scenes, and using perspective, tone and colour to create false viewpoints in street art.
An Adventure of the Physical and Chemical Nature with Nathan O’Brien
Saving the planet can be a big responsibility, who says it can’t be fun? Join in by polymerising biodegradable plastics from potato starch. Over two days you will build your own miniature solar panel using natural dyes. You will investigate the light absorbance of the dyes before selecting a dye to use, building your device, and testing it.
Animals, Forensics & Freshwater Ecology with Amy Butler
Learn about evolution and how natural selection resulted in adaptations that have allowed animals to exist in a range of environments. Run a gel electrophoresis test whist learning about how forensic biologists use DNA to identify victims and suspects. Understand freshwater systems and the importance of water quality monitoring for urban and environmental health by testing biological samples.
Creative Writing with Dr Andrew Miller
Human beings are storytellers. We tell stories to make sense of our lives and to have fun with our friends. We also tell stories to build personal identities and to foster relationships with others. Sometimes we make up stories to entertain or captivate. This workshop will explore techniques writers use to create evocative stories, including plot development, appealing to the senses, writing dialogue, and creating characters. Students will not only write short pieces but also share them with their peers. (maximum 24 places)

AFTERNOON SESSIONS, 1400-1600 (Pick one)



Robot stream with Robogals and Prof Costi
Wednesday: Robot Wars with Robogals
Program your own LEGO Mindstorm robots and battle it out in Robot Wars! You will learn how to program your own robot and send it out into the battlefield. A must-do for anyone curious about a career in computer science or engineering. Who will be the last robot standing?
Thursday: Engineering a better human body with Assoc. Professor John Costi
Biomedical Engineering combines and merges science and engineering principles, technology and innovation with health sciences and medicine, to produce devices or outcomes that benefit people – us! This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the field of Biomedical Engineering and examples of typical devices and applications from Australia and around the world. A particular focus will be on biomechanics of natural and artificial human joints. You will have an opportunity to understand how our bones and tissues behave during loading, why they can fail and how artificial joint replacements (e.g. knee or hip joints) are developed. We will also look at how we test and replicate human movement with a novel one-of-a-kind robot, where we will consider how to design this testing system. Finally, you will have the opportunity to visit a biomechanics research laboratory and see this incredible robot in action! (maximum 24 places)
Chess with Mato Jelic
Would you like to learn chess or improve your game? Nourish your mind with the many benefits chess has to offer – strategic thinking, lateral thinking, memory recall, analytical skills and social interaction. Chess challenges children to think for themselves and builds self esteem.
This chess course will introduce you to the key rules of the game and the more important ideas you need to play a good and exciting game. You will learn the 4-Move mate (Scholar's Mate) and the Fried Liver Attack, the need for development and tactics like pins and forks and skewers and discovered attacks. We will also explore the endgame and learn strategies and skewers, discovered attacks and the 'Lawn-mower'. And above all, the course will be fun - you will hear lots of wonderful stories about the players and games that all combine to make chess a magical experience for millions of adults and juniors around the World.
Slacklining with Dr Robert Brooks
Slacklining refers to the act of walking or moving along a suspended length of flat webbing which is tied and tensioned between two trees. Slacklines are tensioned so that the line will stretch and bounce like a long and narrow trampoline. Students will be taught the basic movements at ground level, then practice on the slackline at low level until the instructor deems them competent to try a higher level of line. The instructor is qualified to teach slackline and runs his own business slacklining.
Visioneering the future with Dr Michael Southcott
We explore technologies and challenges on short and medium term horizon then workshop different ways that these might play out, and what needs to happen in the medium term for desirable outcomes in the longer term.
Areas in the mix include advanced technologies (eg nanotechnology, computing), environment, space exploration, human society, education, poverty and globalisation.


Friday Afternoon 1430-1530

Plenary session: Gravity Speaks with Professor Peter Veitch

It’s likely the most important scientific advance of our lifetimes. The recent detection of gravitational waves, emanating from a cataclysmic collision of two black holes around 1.3 billion years ago, has rewritten our concept of the universe.

The discovery, made by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)—an international collaboration involving 90 universities, within which the University of Adelaide plays a significant role—is a technological triumph; beyond what even Einstein, who first predicted the waves’ existence, imagined possible.

In this truly awe-inspiring presentation the University’s LIGO team leader will explain how gravitational waves will allow humanity to eavesdrop, for the first time, on the dark, violent side of the universe, and explore the secrets that might be revealed.

Professor Peter Veitch is Head of Physics at the University of Adelaide. He is a founding member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), a member of the LSC Council, a Councillor of the Australian Optical Society, and Fellow of the Optical Society of America.

Have questions about GTCASA Youth Workshop 2017? Contact Gifted and Talented Children's Association of South Australia

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SILC Building, Flinders University
Flinders University, Building 52, Park 9
Physical Sciences Road
Bedford Park, SA 5042

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Friday, July 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM (ACST)

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Gifted and Talented Children's Association of South Australia

GTCASA is a not-fot-profit whose mission is to facilitate the intellectual, social and emotional development of the gifted children of South Australia. GTCASA organises educational events for children, and those who care for them.

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