RACE Victoria

by | Jun 12, 2024 | Bush Voices

RACE Victoria is a free program delivering an Agri-tech roadshow and Industry-school partnership experience for high school students in Years 7-12. It is targeting students and teachers, to increase their awareness of career opportunities in the local food and fibre sector.

Would you like some of your students to participate? If so, please book by following the link or contact CQU’s Agri-tech Education and Extension team if you would like more information about the event (ageducation@cqu.edu.au)

 

What does it involve?

Agri-tech Roadshow

The Agri-tech roadshow is developed for school groups of up to 30 students, however, there can be more than one group of 30 students participating at the same time as groups can be run concurrently. The Agri-tech roadshow involves short, hands-on learning activities aligned to Victorian STEM, digital and food technologies curriculums adapted to the agricultural industry. They will incorporate the use of Agri-tech tools that showcase how authentic data can be collected and analysed within an agricultural business. This is a full-day event. Students can participate over 1-2 periods, with different classes/cohorts participating throughout the day – please see the attached document for an example schedule that can be tailored for your school. The Agri-tech roadshows are free of charge with all learning resources available through the Agri-tech education website (https://agri-techeducation.com/) to ensure teachers can continue to use the resources for future classes.

Industry-School Partnerships

The industry-School Partnerships work to connect schools/classes to industry partners and provide opportunities for students to learn more about the wide variety of pathways and skills required for a career in the agricultural industry. The Industry School Partnerships involve industry professionals visiting schools as well as students undertaking workplace visits with activities tailored to the needs of secondary classes in consultation with teachers and industry partners. The aim is to develop a sustainable partnership of mutual benefit which will continue past the formal project period.  Research has shown that students who feel supported and empowered are known to actively engage in learning activities thus involving local businesses to deliver interactive activities with real-life applications has the potential to develop students’ personal skills, beliefs and motivation to engage in other areas of education and learn about the attributes of a good potential employee.

If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please feel free to email the Agri-tech Education and Extension Team via ageducation@cqu.edu.au