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Children’s University Tasmania – Monthly Challenges – from 2016

December 2016 – Are you graduating?

Are you graduating this year?

Yes I am graduating this year: During December many of you are graduating for the first time at a Children’s University Graduation Ceremony. We would love to hear about your graduation story, for example:

  • Did the opportunity to graduate motivate you to gain more stamps in your Passport to Learning as December came closer?
  • What do you think the graduation ceremony will be like?
  • Where have you seen or heard about graduation ceremonies before?
  • How did you feel when you tried on your gown and cap at the gowning session?
  • Tell us about the graduation itself – wearing your gown and cap; participating in the Town and Gown procession with the University of Tasmania graduates; the graduation ceremony; receiving your award; celebrating with your family and friends afterwards – what did you think or feel while you were taking part? What were the best parts? What do you think will be your lasting memory of the day?
  • Or share anything at all you want to about your journey towards graduation…

 

Show your work to your CU School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.

No I am not graduating yet: If you are working towards graduating after this year, you can still complete this challenge – tell us the story of working towards graduating next year – and how you imagine the graduation will be. For example:

  • How many hours do you aim to collect in your passport to attend graduation next year?
  • What sort of Public Learning Destinations would you like to try this summer?
  • What has been your favourite Public Learning Destination so far? What made it your favourite?
  • How does it feel to be a Children’s University Tasmania student?
  • Do you think graduating will be a special event? Why or why not? Are you looking forward to it
  • Or share anything at all you want to about your journey towards graduation…

Show your work to your CU School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.


November 2016 – Dreaming Time

Do you ever sit and dream about the future? Dreaming Time is challenging you to give yourself some time to dream about experiences that you want to have in the life that lies ahead of you.

In your future do you dream of… An exciting job that you want? A faraway place to travel to? A degree to study? A goal to reach? Or a significant person to meet?

The Challenge: This ‘Dreaming Time’ challenge asks you to set your imagination free and to wonder about all the opportunities and possibilities that you can experience and aspire to be! Your Dreaming Time can be taken in any way that you like – you can research ideas, chat to parents and friends about their dreams or just sit and let your imagination run wild!

Share your dream: Express the ideas and dreams that inspired you in your dreaming time in any way that you choose. Write a story. Draw a picture. Make a video. Take some photographs.

Take your dream work to your CU School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.


October 2016 – Spring into Spring!

October is the middle month of Spring – and Spring is an exciting time of the year! Do some research about what makes Spring so special:

  • What is the weather like in Spring?
  • Find out something special about Spring in the plant world
  • Find out something special about Spring in the animal world
  • What makes Spring special to you?

Present the information you find in a booklet, poster, report or fact sheet – and include one or more of your own photos or drawings of Spring to illustrate it.

Show your work to your CU School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.


August 2016 – Make your own Monthly Challenge!

“What is the Monthly Challenge for August?”I hear you ask. Why, it is to come up with a brilliant Monthly Challenge, of course!

Do you have an amazing Monthly Challenge effort you wish to send out as a challenge to your fellow Children’s University Tasmania students?

Show your own newly created Monthly Challenge to your CU School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.

Why not share your Monthly Challenge with CU Tasmania at [email protected] – we’d love to hear from you!


July 2016 – Foreign Language Challenge!

Explore the world around you by learning some common words from another language.

Choose a foreign language,  find out where the language is commonly spoken, and research words for the following:

o            Hello and goodbye, please and thank you

o            Different types of food

o            Numbers from 1 to 10

o            Currency (money)

o            Words used in your favourite sport or activity

Display creatively what you have learnt and take to your CU School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.

The team at Children’s University Tasmania would also love to see your work – if you’d like to share with us please email to [email protected].


June 2016 – Election Treasure Hunt

Did you know that Australia is about to have an election? What do you know about elections? Take on this treasure hunt and learn a whole lot more! In order to complete this Monthly Challenge, you will need to find out, make or do the following things to make an Election 2016: Treasure Hunt collage with all that you discover. Write, draw and paste your discoveries into a scrapbook or on a big piece of paper.

If you are between 7-9 years old these are the treasures you need to collect: 1. What is an election? Use newspapers, the internet or talk to your parents and teachers to find out exactly what happens in an election. Write down a sentence or two to explain what you found out. 2. What are the names of the two major political parties in Australia? (Are there other parties in Australia – how many can you name?) 3. To find: a picture of our current Prime Minister, what is his name, which party does he represent and tell us the date that he become Prime Minister if you can. 4. To find: a picture of the Leader of the Opposition, what is his name, which party does he represent and if you can, find out what year he became leader of that party. 5. What is an electorate? Can you find out? And can you find the name of the electorate you live in? Write down your answers. 6. Find a picture of one of the candidates standing for election in your electorate. What is their name and which party do they represent? 7. If you were to become Prime Minister what would be the most important thing that you would want to do?

If you are 10-14 years old find out all the above AND we have an extra challenge for you to complete 1 of the activities below:

a) What are 3 of the issues (ideas, policies, problems) that candidates are talking about in this election? You can read the newspapers, magazines, search the web or have a talk to people to find out. Write three down and add in ideas that you have about the issues. Are they important to you?

b) There are lots of cartoons about the election and politicians in the newspapers, magazines and online, can you find one? Or can you design one?

c) You are a candidate standing for election in 2016. Design your own campaign advertisement using ideas about the issue that you said was most important to you in Question 7.

Show your work to your CU School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.


May 2016 – International Day of Families

The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 and reflects the importance the international community sees in the role of families around the world. Families are important for a happy and healthy life. Thanking your family can be as simple as planning an outing together or helping to make dinner to let them know you care.

This month’s challenge asks you to think about your family and to plan for a small act of kindness: How does your closest family support you? Think about things like your… …health (food, when you are not feeling well and sport), …help with school, transport (cycling, walking together or car trips) and …spare time (shared meals, playing games, holidays and outings) Which activities do you enjoy most with your family? Why?

Option 1: Develop a written itinerary for an outing with your family. Think about what activities members of your family enjoy most. Choose a Learning Destination near your cityfrom the Children’s University websiteas a destination for your outing that has something to offer for everyone in your family for example o a visit at the museum o a community activity, o sport activity, o art activity or o outdoor activity. Work out the timing of your itinerary. Which day and what time will the Learning Destination be open? Does it need to be a day on which adults in your family do not go to work? When will you need to leave home to arrive in time? What do you need to bring along (food, drink bottles, money, a sun hat etc.)? What can you do to help everyone in your family to have a great day (push the pram, hold the door open for someone, pack lunch etc.)?

Option 2: Draw a cartoon on how you could plan, prepare and serve your family a meal. What is everyone’s favourite food? What steps are involved to make this food? Which day of the week and what time of the day would be good to have a shared meal in your house? How many people would be involved? Where would you have the meal?

Show your work to your CU School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.


April 2016 – Find out about nature in your local area

Identify a plant or animal in your local environment and research:

o  Scientific name

o  Food and environment it requires

o   Life cycle

o   Include a photo or image

o   Identify any potential threats to the plant or animal in your local area

Present your research in a poster or fact-sheet and take to your CU School Coordinator. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.


March 2016 – International Women’s Day

This month’s challenge asks you to think about strong female characters in a book you have read: What is a book that you have read that had a strong female character? What did you like about that character?

Option 1: Write a short story with a strong heroine.

Option 2: Interview a female friend or relative you admire and ask them about their life and work. Record what she says.

Take your work to your CU School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.


February 2016 – Create a Comic Strip

Create a Comic Strip about an activity or experience you did over school holidays. Use your imagination and use a series of pictures to tell your story. Have fun!

Take your work to your CU School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.


January 2016 – Be an Inventor!

Your mission – if you choose to accept it – is to find something in your home that doesn’t work well and invent a way to not only fix but IMPROVE the object.

Draw a diagram or photograph – and provide an explanation of how your invention works and the problem it solves. This challenge welcomes the silly and the scientific!

Take your work to your CU School Coordinator to get your passport stamped. Time allocated will be at the discretion of your School Coordinator.


 

Date/Time
01/01/2016 - 31/12/2019
All Day

Learning Destination
This event is organised by Children's University Tasmania - Monthly Challenges