The Graeme Clark Oration - Australia's most prestigious free public science event

Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program

Victorian secondary schools are invited to participate in the 2017 Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program. The Program offers schools four opportunities for engagement with the Graeme Clark Oration:

• Presentation to Schools by Dr Harold Varmus

• The Graeme Clark Oration

• The Oration Dinner

• The Graeme Clark Award for STEM Innovation in Schools

 

 

 

Special presentation to Schools

• A special presentation for secondary school science students and their teachers by the 2017 Orator, Dr Harold Varmus, Professor at Weill Cornel Medicine.  This session will allow students to hear Dr Varmus describe what influenced him to become a scientist, his research interests, what it was like to win the Nobel Prize and why science needs young scientists.

 

 

This presentation will commence at 3.30pm on Monday, 30 October in Plenary 2 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

 

 The Graeme Clark Oration

 

• Schools are encouraged to send students, their parents and teachers to attend the Graeme Clark Oration, Australia’s most prestigious free public science event.  Attendance is free of charge and students will be able to join 2,000 attendees to hear Dr Varmus deliver his oration, Transitions in Cancer Research. Students, teachers and parents/family wishing to attend the Graeme Clark Oration should register at the Oration registration facility (See link below)

 

The Oration commences at 6.15pm sharp in Plenary 2, Melbourne  Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will conclude at 7.30pm.

 

 

Schools Oration Register

 

 Graeme Clark Oration Dinner

 

 

Please note that we will only accept one Expression of Interest (EOI) per school.  When sending your EOI, please advise the school name, the name of the school contact, their email and phone details.  EOI’s will not be accepted after 5.00 pm AEST on Friday, 13 October 2017.

 

Schools will be notified in advance of the event to arrange the necessary approvals.  Preference will be given to schools that participate in the Special Presentation to Schools and/or the Graeme Clark Oration and that have made an application for the Graeme Clark Award for Science Innovation in Schools.

 

The Oration Dinner will be held in the Melbourne Room, Level 2, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, commencing 8.00 pm and concluding at 10.30 pm.

 

 

Award for Science Innovation

Graeme Clark Award for STEM Innovation in Schools

Award Criteria

Submission Details

Since the 2011 Graeme Clark Oration, Victorian secondary school science students and teachers have attended the event in ever greater numbers, and some have also attended the Graeme Clark Oration Dinner.  At the 2015 Graeme Clark Oration, secondary schools throughout Victoria were invited to apply for the inaugural Graeme Clark Award for STEM Innovation in Schools. This award was made possible through the generosity of the Graeme Clark Foundation.

 

The Award was established to celebrate and acknowledge science innovation in Victorian schools that has added value to the school community by raising the profile of science through innovative practices, partnerships and programs.

 

The inaugural Award was won by Maffra Secondary College.  The college developed a program of scientific investigations where student teams were coached by mentors from local organisations such as the state and local governments and industry.  Data was collected before and after the program to measure the impact of the program.  The results showed that the number of students who believed science was useful in everyday life had nearly doubled as a direct result of the project.

 

 

 

 

Applications for the 2017 Award are now open.

 

The winning application will be announced at the conclusion of the 2017 Graeme Clark Oration and presented by Dr Harold Varmus and Laureate Professor Emeritus Graeme Clark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graeme Clark Award for STEM Innovation in Schools

 

This award has been established by The Graeme Clark Foundation to celebrate and acknowledge STEM innovation in schools that has added value to the school community by raising the profile of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through innovative practices, partnerships and programs.

 

Award Criteria:

The award is open to all secondary schools in Victoria.  Only one application per school will be accepted.

 

Schools applying need to demonstrate the following:

 

• Evidence that the STEM innovation has transformed the curriculum through the convergence (cross-disciplinary) of at least 3 science disciplines, eg. Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and IT and has raised the profile of STEM from within and the wider school community.

 

• That the pedagogies adopted have demonstrated improved student motivation and engagement reflected through the increase in numbers of students enrolled in STEM subjects to the senior years.

 

• The partnership(s) established have increased student understanding of real world applications with the purpose of developing STEM literate students.

 

• That the STEM innovation enables the capacity building of teachers through professional learning where there is a focus on developing a shared understanding of outstanding teaching in the convergence disciplines identified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submission Details:

Schools will be required to submit their application as a written document, with each of the criteria to be answered in no more than a single A4 page.

 

Schools may submit evidence as attachments.

 

Applications will close at 5.00 pm AEST on Friday, 13 October 2017.

 

Each application will be acknowledge upon receipt by the Graeme Clark Oration organisers.

 

If required, schools may be contacted after the closing date for a short interview as part of the evaluation process.

 

The application judged to be the best overall will be announced at the 
Graeme Clark Oration on Monday, 30 October, 2017, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

 

 

The Graeme Clark Award for Science Innovation in Schools is made possible through the generous support of the Graeme Clark Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Graeme Clark Oration Schools Program is supported by the Gene Technology Access Centre and Quantum Victoria.

 

Congratulations to Parkdale Secondary College for being awarded the Graeme Clark Award for Science Innovation in Schools in 2016.

The Graeme Clark Award for Science Innovation in Schools was inaugurated at last year’s event.  The Award was established to celebrate and acknowledge science innovation in Victorian schools that has added value to the school community by raising the profile of science through innovative practices, partnerships and programs.

 

The Award is the initiative of the Graeme Clark Foundation, and we thank the Foundation for making this award possible.

 

This year’s award received a number of high quality applications from schools across Victoria, the competition was strong, and pleasingly there is so much effort and activity in schools across Victoria to develop exciting science promotion programs for students.  Three schools were shortlisted for the Award:

 

• John Monash Science School in Clayton

• Our Lady of Mercy College Heidelberg, and

• Parkdale Secondary College in Mordialloc.

 

The 2016 Graeme Clark Award for Science Innovation in Schools was presented to Parkdale Secondary College.

 

Parkdale Secondary College has transformed secondary school science through its Science, Technology and Engineering Pathway (STEP) Program. It commenced as a ‘Breakfast club program’ for a small number of students in 2014 and has become the Parkdale STEP 2016 initiative across Year’s 7 – 10 comprising of six different co-curricular units, including 3D modelling, anatomy, robotics and forensic science- each presented before school with each STEP unit being coordinated by a Parkdale Secondary College teacher and supported by guest speakers, experts in the relevant discipline, excursions and support from other institutions

 

The Graeme Clark Oration

The Graeme Clark Oration is delivered by global leaders in health and medical science in honour of Prof. Graeme Clark’s pioneering work in developing the bionic ear in Melbourne in the 1970’s.  It is recognised as Australia’s most prestigious free public science event and is attended by secondary school students.