Catholic school students joined students from across the State at the Research Project Expo in early August.
The Expo, hosted by the SACE Board of SA, aims to help students develop the 21st century skills they need in the modern workplace.
More than 4000 students from Years 10 and 11 attended the 2017 Expo at the Ridley Centre, Adelaide Showground on August 8 and 9.
Research Project students (past and present) showcased their projects and were on hand to offer advice and tips on choosing a topic and tackling the compulsory subject.
Young Australian of the Year and CBC old scholar, Paul Vasileff, gave the keynote address. The founder of internationally-renowned couture house Paolo Sebastian is living his dream – all of which began in his senior secondary year at school.
Vasileff launched Paolo Sebastian in his final year at school, after receiving full marks for his ‘Staging a fashion show’ extension studies subject, the precursor to today’s Research Project.
Today the Research Project gives students the opportunity to study an area of interest in depth. They choose a topic, investigate it, and provide evidence of research skills and analysis to support a research outcome.
SACE Board Chief Executive, Dr Neil McGoran said the Research Project provides a unique opportunity for all students to develop skills essential for learning and living in our rapidly changing world.
“Through the Research Project, students develop their ability to question and plan, to evaluate and make judgements, innovate and solve problems, and make effective decisions.
These skills are important no matter which path students choose through further study, training and employment,” he said.
Some of the Research Project topics exhibited included:
Sacred Heart College
St Mary’s College
St Michael’s College