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February 16, 2018

S.T.E.A.M. Workshops and Entrepreneurial Thinking


Keeping Our Student Groups Engaged

We have been asked many times in the past what makes our Study Tours different from the rest. There are many factors, but for now focusing on just educational programmes for schools and university students, a brief outline of our engagement strategies may assist in understanding some of these differences.

One of Study Tours Brisbane’s roles is to act as a conduit that brings together the very best suppliers across many different industries. For example, whether it be understanding and researching manufacturing practices, science and technology in practical applications, aged care procedures and regulations, or discovering if Brisbane’s universities and lifestyle could be the next step for a student; we will find what’s needed to give our student groups the most relevant and engaging experience they could possibly receive. Certificate courses and fact finding excursions, together with English Language learning, are all part of our unique bespoke programmes, and each one is tailor made to match the interests and budget of our groups.

Our care and activities start from the meet and greet at the airport and are designed to cover all tours, meals in many different restaurants, and 4 Star accommodation. However, one of the biggest standout differences between ours and other tour providers are the after-hours educational activities.

STEM and STEAM – More than Buzzwords:

You’re likely to have heard the above acronyms in increasing frequency over the past few years. S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programmes have become the latest learning tool. Some think of it as relevant only to science and technology, but we recognise that it is much more. With certificate courses in Entrepreneurial Thinking, we follow up any S.T.E.M. and S.T.E.A.M. daytime workshops with many different evening activities. Our nighttime workshops are fun, creative activities designed to stretch the boundaries on creative thinking. They are intended to help the students become curious and gain critical skills relevant to current business practices, but also to develop themselves as Entrepreneurs. Topics and activities about recycling, space travel and the solar system, and currency exchange are just the tip of the iceberg. Learning and undertaking problem solving through activities allows all tour participants to stretch to their full potential.

Our tour hosts work closely with the students to keep them on track during these activity sessions to realise these goals, and the students have lots of fun competing against each other. We’ve also found the activities to be a great opportunity to break down any social walls and help the students become more familiar with one another, improving the overall experience of the day excursions. We’ve taken to thinking of our evening activities as “Entrepreneurial Thinking Workshops”, and they have many fantastic outcomes for young minds, including but not limited to:

  • Improving teamwork and group cooperation.
  • Problem solving as individuals and as a group.
  • Imagining the end result – designing, planning and implementation – how to achieve it, based on a series of steps.
  • Using experience/knowledge from other parts of their lives to relate to a new problem which needs solving.
  • Improving resilience, focus, self-reflection, and self-reliance.
  • Stepping outside their comfort zone.
  • Curious thinking – always questioning why it is and how it is, which leads to wondering how it can be improved.

Agents and parents of the students can be confident with the knowledge that during every study tour, we are working to help support areas of learning such as team building, problem solving, cooperation, design, innovative thinking, business management, marketing, English communication, general knowledge, competitive thinking, leadership, and Australian and Indigenous understanding.

Of course, cultural immersion activities assist our delegates in developing a firm, safe footprint in South East Queensland, ensuring that during any return visits the students are filled with the confidence needed to make Brisbane their home in the future. We even run a workshop on World Wise Cross Cultural Exchange. Our role is to ensure that every participant returns home having left a small part of their heart in Brisbane, while carrying a “tool box” filled with new skills and understanding. The new experiences they gain here are all valuable assets for everyday living and working in what is now a global community.

If we have piqued your interest from any of this, I very much welcome discussing with you how we can enhance and maximise the experiences for your group. The city of Brisbane, Australia is the perfect location for a cross section of amazing experiences in a very safe, nurturing environment. Please email me at michelle@studytoursbrisbane.com.au for any further information or discussion.

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