During the recent school holidays, Children’s University (CU) took a creative approach to education by providing members with a range of engaging and bespoke learning opportunities that spanned various locations and topics.
The excitement kicked off on July 11 as Tonsley Innovation District welcomed 25 students from Virginia Primary School. This event comprised hands-on workshops and an innovative district tour, thanks to Renewal SA Work’s Program which created an unforgettable experience for Passport holders.
The educational journey continued at Lyell McEwan Hospital’s Clinical Education Area, where students from Horizon Christian School and Karrendi Primary School explored various hospital occupations, interacting with staff and University of Adelaide Medical and Nursing students.
CU members were invited on campus in collaboration with Create4Adelaide to design their very own zine, a small, self-published work of images and text. A Japanese craft session was also held at North Terrace, where students crafter their own paper chain wishes, practiced calligraphy and constructed origami.
CU extended its engagement across South Australia, collaborating with Animals Anonymous to deliver immersive learning experiences in the Barossa, Limestone Coast, Murraylands and Riverlands with additional sessions facilitated by CU staff in these regions.
“Cuttlecraft” delivered in partnership with the Port Augusta and Whyalla Libraries was a standout event for the region. Centered around the annual aggregation of Australian Giant Cuttlefish, this event saw participants learning about these fascinating creatures and crafting their own colourful cuttlefish. Additionally, sessions like “Mini Comics” at the Port Pirie Library and “Paper Power!” in Clare provided members with opportunities to explore creativity and learn about flight mechanics.
On the Eyre Peninsula, members were treated to two enriching experiences. A group of 35 students from local schools enjoyed an exclusive Member Day at Korinya Farmgate, engaging in farm activities and learning about sustainability. “Show me the money!” session delved into global currencies, offering currency conversion practice and insights into security features. A big thank you to Lee Matthews at the Port Lincoln RSL for sharing Australia’s peace promotion role.
CU provided numerous hands-on engagement experiences across multiple regions and unique settings this holiday period, highlighting for children and their parents that you can learn and thrive anywhere.