In an environment focused on delivering higher education to university students, the appetite for extending academia beyond the school yard is rapidly growing.
Established in 2011, the UOW Learning Labs school holiday program has grown from just 100 students attending the Wollongong Campus, to more than 3000 students each year for programs now extending to South Western Sydney, Southern Sydney and Batemans Bay campuses.
The UOW Learning Labs is an academic enrichment program aimed at primary and high school students from Years 1 to 10, with proven academic excellence and an established foundation of interest in an area of their choice.
The program runs every school holidays in the form of one or two-day workshops featuring a welcome ceremony and learning labs sessions. It is designed for students performing in the top 10 – 15 per cent in their area of interest within their peer group and are seeking a fun, challenging and creative experience during the school holidays.
The workshops are designed specifically by the Outreach and Pathways team within the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) portfolio to meet the needs and trends of three designated age groups.