CASE Junior Ocean School



Ocean Exploration for Young Adventurers
 


Students will visit Brisbane and Cairns, participating in adventure-based activities allowing students to feed their curiosity and find their path. CASE aims to create a wave of passion in students to pursue a future in STEAM and become more focused and inquisitive.

Learning Outcomes

 
  • Cultivate the interest of STEAM in the context of ocean science
  • Agile and adaptive to a fast paced learning environment
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Be effective in collaborative teamwork
  • Develop a multi-cultural awareness and global perspectives
  • Pursue personal values and set life goals
  • Be inspired to learn and take efforts to fulfill the potential 
CASE Junior Ocean School

CASE Junior Ocean School



Ocean Exploration for Young Adventurers
 


Students will visit Brisbane and Cairns, participating in adventure-based activities allowing students to feed their curiosity and find their path. CASE aims to create a wave of passion in students to pursue a future in STEAM and become more focused and inquisitive.

Learning Outcomes

 
  • Cultivate the interest of STEAM in the context of ocean science
  • Agile and adaptive to a fast paced learning environment
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Be effective in collaborative teamwork
  • Develop a multi-cultural awareness and global perspectives
  • Pursue personal values and set life goals
  • Be inspired to learn and take efforts to fulfill the potential 

Program Framework

 

Built on the foundation of the 7 Survival Skills by Harvard Professor, Tony Wagner, the program offers three key pillars of learning: engaging ocean STEAM activities, inspiring personal and leadership development, and immersive cultural experience. 

CASE Junior Ocean School will create a wave of passion in students to pursue a future in STEAM and give them the skills to make it a reality. 

The Ultimate Ocean STEAM Experience

CASE Junior Ocean School

International Academic Credentials

CASE Ocean School Programs are academically accredited and approved in the USA as recognised Honors Level College Preparatory courses. University of California (UC) approval demonstrates these courses are of high academic standard to prepare students for university-level studies. It ensures that CASE Ocean School graduates are identified by leading universities as high achieving, university-ready students.

In the competitive landscape of university applications both domestically and internationally, students who complete CASE Ocean School Programs will differentiate themselves from other applicants. All graduates of CASE Ocean School are eligible to receive a 5.0GPA academic transcript.

CASE Junior Ocean School

Seeing and Learning

 

Discovering marine biology and ocean ecology is the key focus where students explore ecosystems, food chains, adaptations, habitats and biodiversity. Students will learn unique transferable STEAM skills which they otherwise couldn’t do in their everyday life and will make an impactful personal connection with the natural world.

  • _C2C4201
  • brown-wooden-bridge-beside-green-leafy-trees-726298
  • _D3_2116
  • Marsh_Crocodiles_basking_in_the_sun
  • DCIM101MEDIADJI_0257.JPG
  • stingrays_on_sand_patch-770x480@2x
  • juanma-clemente-alloza-trJaEVfQKsg-unsplash
  • IMG_2616
  • Clownfish
  • renate-helgerud--BGUyzmFjk4-unsplash
  • DCIM100GOPROGOPR0854.JPG
  • DCIM100GOPROGOPR7057.
  • Lionfish_DP
  • Starfish - David Clode
  • david-clode-YDQ7XfbDEkw-unsplash
  • todd-cravens-lwACYK8ScmA-unsplash

Doing and Acquiring Skills

 

Through engaging and hands-on experiential learning, students will experience exclusive, once in a lifetime activities, including ocean ecologist fieldwork, marine life DNA analysis, marine mammal observations, organism identification and lab work like a marine biologist. Inquiry base learning and problem base learning will enable students to find untapped passions and talents within themselves to succeed in their future studies and endeavors.

  • Moore Reef Pontoon with Waterslide
  • AUSQLD_GreatBarrierReef_SunloverCruises_2005_APT_GU
  • 20190314-SLR-3869 (1)
  • biS0owRABM
  • maxresdefault (1)
  • maxresdefault
  • planktow2
  • Freshman
  • SBCreativeCo-MOTQ-Evolution-SchoolStudents-036
  • Picture1

Cultural Immersion

 

Witnessing and experiencing how different cultures uniquely express themselves, encourages students to see things from different perspectives. In addition to participating in modern Australian lifestyle activities such as surfing and beach volleyball, students will also learn from the world’s oldest living civilization, the Australian Indigenous Aboriginal people. This develops a more culturally aware individual and prepares students for life in the 21st century.

  • will-langenberg-bp8Nw_Q11gI-unsplash
  • trampoline
  • 1d
  • learn-to-surf-in-coolangatta
  • julian-dutton-dWuhQNutw5Y-unsplash
  • _107813959_seagull2
  • steven-abraham-EDXhKsNQDRU-unsplash
  • 4
  • BNP_130726-008407
  • people-jumping-boomerang-throwing
  • Kookaburras
  • PLP_7538
  • Rainbow-Lorikeet-Pictures
  • david-clode-CIMk0FSOrAE-unsplash
  • thomas-serer-QUr0R1VZPNw-unsplash-1-scaled
  • AFL Rd 18 - Hawthorn v Sydney

Amazing Locations

 

A ‘classroom’ like no other awaits all CASE Junior Ocean School participants. Students will visit islands including Fitzroy and North Stradbroke, jump into the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world and discover the mysteries of the oldest rainforest in the world, the Daintree. Brisbane offers students the vibrant metropolitan lifestyle and Cairns is a seaside escape with the Coral Sea at their feet. A visit to the Queensland University of Technology offers an insight into a world class learning environment. 

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  • cairns-lagoon-and-esplanade-19480_450x300
  • home-featured
  • beach-on-fitzroy-island---skydiv-30569_1280x853
  • north-stradbroke-island-brisbane
  • DCIM101MEDIADJI_0257.JPG
  • Coral Moore reef SLR 20181129-CALYPSO©2018 SJI-6457
  • brisbane-local-marketing-RJII3O7CTeo-unsplash
  • jordan-evtWtv0i-6E-unsplash

Inspirational Speakers

 

An unforgettable experience awaits all CASE Junior Ocean School students. During personalised presentations and special events, students hear directly from guest speakers including ocean researchers, conservationists, educators, entrepreneurial minds and explorers.

  • CASE Junior Ocean School

     

    Nicole Stott
     

    Ms Nicole Stott, former NASA Aquanaut and Astronaut, is the Special Adviser to CASE. Nicole holds a world record for living underwater for 18 days, and is a veteran of two space flights and 104 days working in space on both the ISS and Space Shuttle. Nicole is a believer of the inner space/outer space connection and its power to encourage appreciation and action for our planetary life systems.

  • michael aw

     

    Michael Aw
     

    Michael Aw is an author, explorer and conservation photographer. His accolades include winning more than 65 international photographic awards and being named as one of the world’s most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography. 

  • Tom Denniss 1

     

    Tom Denniss
     

    Tom Denniss has a PhD in Mathematics and Oceanography and has been involved in the wave energy industry for more than 25 years. Tom invented the technology of Wave Swell Energy, the world’s leading proprietary technology that converts the energy in the ocean waves into clean and zero emission electricity. 

  • Edwina Tanner 2

     

    Edwina Tanner
     

    Dr. Edwina Tanner is the Project Manager for the World Harbour Project and coordinator of the Marine Studies Institute at the University of Sydney. Her research in climate science focuses on carbon emissions, budgets, and dynamics in estuaries as well as hydrodynamic modelling. Edwina works in different locations across global harbours and ports that all have similar water and sediment quality issues.

  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

     

    Brett Lewis
     

    Brett Lewis is a PhD Student at the Queensland University of Technology, science communicator and council member for the Australian Coral Reef Society. Brett’s work uses advanced imagining and sampling techniques to capture unique and previously unknown coral science and behavior that otherwise could not be discovered. 

Personal Development

 

Throughout the expedition students engage in mPOWER modules aimed to provide principles and guidance for their future endeavours. Students will learn the growth mindset, a concept developed by Prof. Carol Dweck of Stanford University.

Students will learn to:

  • Embrace challenges
  • Believe talent and ability can be developed
  • View failure as a chance to grow and persist despite obstacles
  • Understand effort leads to success
  • Be inspired by the success of others
  • Adopt an “I want to keep improving” attitude
  • Learn from criticism

CASE Junior Ocean School Program

Location: Brisbane, Cairns Australia
Duration: 12 Days in country
Open to Students: Years 7, 8 & 9
Dates: July

Program Schedule*

  • Arrival - Brisbane

    Arrival - Brisbane

    The adventure begins with a flight into Brisbane. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, the sunshine state. Students attend the official CASE opening ceremony and take part in a welcome ceremony performed by Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Brisbane

    Brisbane

    Today the ocean adventure becomes reality. Students spend the day on North Stradbroke Island. Scientists from them University of Queensland guide students to collect, record and analyse data on marine mammals and shoreline ecosystems. Their curiosity will be ignited, and students gain new skills to help them navigate the days ahead.

  • Brisbane

    Brisbane

    At the Queensland Museum students discover the wildlife they are soon to encounter. Information gathered here can be used in their STEAM Expert project. Next, a hands-on laboratory session demonstrates the side-effects of marine oil spills. Students perform multiple activities including measuring photosynthesis, DNA extraction and DNA analysis.

  • Brisbane

    Brisbane

    Each day students are empowered through the mPower module which is based around the growth mindset. Students visit the Queensland University of Technology and work in teams using a digital simulator to discover what is impacting the ocean. Students then join the locals by cheering at a live sporting match.

  • Brisbane

    Brisbane

    Students board a boat and explore Moreton Bay. Using specialised technology, they deploy underwater cameras, take water samples, and use microscopes to uncover the incredible world of plankton. Stopping at an island, students explore mangrove ecosystems. In the evening, a motivational speaker will present on their ocean topic.

  • Brisbane

    Brisbane

    It’s time to hit the beach. Students take part in foreshore research to help experts understand a major ocean threat, micro-plastics. Questions will be raised, and students will be challenged to think critically. After a rewarding morning they give surfing a try. Qualified guides share the secret to catching the perfect wave.

  • Brisbane to Fitzroy Island

    Brisbane to Fitzroy Island

    Students embark on a flight to Cairns. Upon arrival a ferry takes them to Fitzroy Island. This tropical paradise is a hub for marine science and the perfect place to be immersed. A resident marine biologist will give an evening presentation on the Great Barrier Reef, its importance, and the threats it faces.

  • Fitzroy Island

    Fitzroy Island

    Students wake up to the sound and smell of the ocean. Snorkeling with a guide students meet the local marine life and discover the fringing coral reef while recording important data. Students visit the patients in the turtle rehabilitation centre and learn about their road to recovery.

  • Fitzroy Island to Cairns

    Fitzroy Island to Cairns

    Today is a full day of adventure exploring the largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. A floating pontoon is equipped to host the students. Students can snorkel, visit the underwater observatory, ride the semi-submersible or the glass bottom boat. An unforgettable and life-changing experience.

  • Cairns

    Cairns

    After the morning mPower session, students explore Cairns city. Challenging their friend’s, students play a game of beach volleyball. Cairns Aquarium is a place of learning and discovery. Students put a name to a ‘fishy face’ from their past underwater experiences. The evening finishes with shopping at the markets.

  • Cairns

    Cairns

    Students time-travel to 180 million years ago and visit the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, the Daintree. A drive north places them deep in the rainforest. Students explore a canopy tower and an aerial walkway. On board a boat students float down the Daintree River spotting the infamous Saltwater Crocodile.

  • Cairns

    Cairns

    Today students present their STEAM Expert presentations. To celebrate, the graduation ceremony takes place with the traditional owners of Cairns, the Tjapukai People. Students become immersed in the ancient culture, throwing boomerangs and hearing stories. The evening finishes with an awards ceremony and buffet dinner.

  • Cairns - Depart

    Cairns - Depart

    Expedition complete! Departing from Cairns Airport, students reflect on their journey and share stories and memories with friends they have made along the way. 

    *Program itinerary subject to change

Parent Testimonials

  • “We can’t thank the whole team of Actura enough for the way you treated our daughter like she was your own. Your professionalism with timely communications, all logistics and ensuring our daughters experience was nothing short of amazing was beyond anything we or she could have ever imagined.
    She loved being with her school buddies and has made some new life long friends with girls from other schools. The programs delivered in all areas of experiences, leadership, exposure to STEM, inspiration and personal development.”

    J. Kennaugh - Tara Anglican School for Girls
  • “My daughter had a wonderful time last December. It was certainly worth the money we spent on . So much more than we expected. She found the group leaders and event instructors caring and helpful. Whole program very exciting and fun. She could not stop talking about it for weeks afterwards. It was nice to see their daily progress on photos and videos via Actura as well. Highly recommend it!”

    T. Wickramasinghe - Loreto Kirribilli
  • “Everything was well organised and communicated. Flynn had a ball and had his eyes opened to very many new experiences. He benefited greatly from the immersing experience and made new friendships.”

    J. Tayles - Knox Grammar School
  • “My Daughter came home with many stories to tell and is still telling them. This trip exceeded my expectations as I was slightly concerned how she would cope being so far away from home and for such a long time, but she loved every minute of it and it has definitely shaped her motivation for what she would like to do in the future with her studies! Other than the obvious learning aspect she has also learnt resilience and independence, made new friends (whom she is continuing to keep in touch with) and a sense of confidence that she did not have prior to the trip.”

    P. Nicholls - Presbyterian Ladies' College
  • “Venice rated the experience 10/10 and her description of the different activities she was involved in sounded very rewarding for someone of her age both from a STEM perspective but also having the confidence to participate in such a program at a relatively young age”

    D. Gemmola - International Grammar School
  • “Thank you to Amy for fielding all our queries and request. Thanks to the two AMAZING group leaders who took the boys on every step of their journey. I would certainly recommend you (and have already) to anyone seeking to send their child on a quest for new learning experiences and one which promotes independence of thought. Well done to all concerned and thank-you!”

    C. Wardle - St Michaels
  • “I appreciated how thorough the organisation of the expidition was and the excellent communication with parents throughout the whole experience.”

    N. Brookes - International Grammar School

Student Testimonials

  • “I had an excellent experience. I made new friends and strengthened old friendships, met amazing people and had so much fun in all of the activities.The leaders (especially Chris) were so supportive and encouraging. I’ve learned not just about the wonders of space exploration but I’ve also learned about how to approach any challenging situations with a positive attitude. I have applied these skills already in this camp which allowed me to try a variety of new activities.”

    L. Tucker - Kambala School
  • “From the beginning to the end, there were fun activities, amazing people and supportive elders. All of the experiences made you realize how lucky we are to be on this trip. Some of these opportunities are once in a life time and you must take these opportunities with both hands and try your hardest. I have learned never to give up on your dreams and must work hard no matter what others say. Anything is possible no matter how hard your dream may be. We may think we have it all but then there is always more to learn.”

    M. Olesen - Knox Grammar School
  • ”I had a lot of chances to experiment with leading – what to do and what not to do – that really helped me grow as a person.”

    James - Knox Grammar School
  • ”I have had such an amazing time, I have learnt so much here and have done things I thought I could and would have never done without this trip.”

    Caitlin - Loreto Mandeville Hall

Cooperative Program Partners

CASE Junior Ocean School

 
Ocean Exploration for Young Adventurers
 

Students will visit Brisbane and Cairns, participating in adventure-based activities allowing students to feed their curiosity and find their path. CASE aims to create a wave of passion in students to pursue a future in STEAM and become more focused and inquisitive.

Learning Outcomes

 
  • Cultivate the interest of STEAM in the context of ocean science
  • Agile and adaptive to a fast paced learning environment
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Be effective in collaborative teamwork
  • Develop a multi-cultural awareness and global perspectives
  • Pursue personal values and set life goals
  • Be inspired to learn and take efforts to fulfill the potential 

 

CASE Junior Ocean School

Program Framework

 

Built on the foundation of the 7 Survival Skills by Harvard Professor, Tony Wagner, the program offers three key pillars of learning: engaging ocean STEAM activities, inspiring personal and leadership development, and immersive cultural experience. 

CASE Junior Ocean School will create a wave of passion in students to pursue a future in STEAM and give them the skills to make it a reality. 

The Ultimate Ocean STEAM Experience

CASE Junior Ocean School
CASE Junior Ocean School

International Academic Credentials

 

CASE Ocean School Programs are academically accredited and approved in the USA as recognised Honors Level College Preparatory courses. University of California (UC) approval demonstrates these courses are of high academic standard to prepare students for university-level studies. It ensures that CASE Ocean School graduates are identified by leading universities as high achieving, university-ready students.

In the competitive landscape of university applications both domestically and internationally, students who complete CASE Ocean School Programs will differentiate themselves from other applicants. All graduates of CASE Ocean School are eligible to receive a 5.0GPA academic transcript.

Seeing and Learning

 

Discovering marine biology and ocean ecology is the key focus where students explore ecosystems, food chains, adaptations, habitats and biodiversity. Students will learn unique transferable STEAM skills which they otherwise couldn’t do in their everyday life and will make an impactful personal connection with the natural world.

  • _C2C4201
  • brown-wooden-bridge-beside-green-leafy-trees-726298
  • _D3_2116
  • Marsh_Crocodiles_basking_in_the_sun
  • DCIM101MEDIADJI_0257.JPG
  • stingrays_on_sand_patch-770x480@2x
  • juanma-clemente-alloza-trJaEVfQKsg-unsplash
  • IMG_2616
  • Clownfish
  • renate-helgerud--BGUyzmFjk4-unsplash
  • DCIM100GOPROGOPR0854.JPG
  • DCIM100GOPROGOPR7057.
  • Lionfish_DP
  • Starfish - David Clode
  • david-clode-YDQ7XfbDEkw-unsplash
  • todd-cravens-lwACYK8ScmA-unsplash

Doing and Acquiring Skills

 

Through engaging and hands-on experiential learning, students will experience exclusive, once in a lifetime activities, including ocean ecologist fieldwork, marine life DNA analysis, marine mammal observations, organism identification and lab work like a marine biologist. Inquiry base learning and problem base learning will enable students to find untapped passions and talents within themselves to succeed in their future studies and endeavors.

  • Moore Reef Pontoon with Waterslide
  • AUSQLD_GreatBarrierReef_SunloverCruises_2005_APT_GU
  • 20190314-SLR-3869 (1)
  • biS0owRABM
  • maxresdefault (1)
  • maxresdefault
  • planktow2
  • Freshman
  • SBCreativeCo-MOTQ-Evolution-SchoolStudents-036
  • Picture1

Cultural Immersion

 

Witnessing and experiencing how different cultures uniquely express themselves, encourages students to see things from different perspectives. In addition to participating in modern Australian lifestyle activities such as surfing and beach volleyball, students will also learn from the world’s oldest living civilization, the Australian Indigenous Aboriginal people. This develops a more culturally aware individual and prepares students for life in the 21st century.

  • will-langenberg-bp8Nw_Q11gI-unsplash
  • trampoline
  • 1d
  • learn-to-surf-in-coolangatta
  • julian-dutton-dWuhQNutw5Y-unsplash
  • _107813959_seagull2
  • steven-abraham-EDXhKsNQDRU-unsplash
  • 4
  • BNP_130726-008407
  • people-jumping-boomerang-throwing
  • Kookaburras
  • david-clode-CIMk0FSOrAE-unsplash
  • thomas-serer-QUr0R1VZPNw-unsplash-1-scaled
  • AFL Rd 18 - Hawthorn v Sydney

Amazing Locations

 

A ‘classroom’ like no other awaits all CASE Junior Ocean School participants. Students will visit islands including Fitzroy and North Stradbroke, jump into the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world and discover the mysteries of the oldest rainforest in the world, the Daintree. Brisbane offers students the vibrant metropolitan lifestyle and Cairns is a seaside escape with the Coral Sea at their feet. A visit to the Queensland University of Technology offers an insight into a world class learning environment. 

  • 575-large-4c722f9f67a14a4f07cffec36052a5dc
  • cairns-lagoon-and-esplanade-19480_450x300
  • home-featured
  • beach-on-fitzroy-island---skydiv-30569_1280x853
  • north-stradbroke-island-brisbane
  • DCIM101MEDIADJI_0257.JPG
  • Coral Moore reef SLR 20181129-CALYPSO©2018 SJI-6457
  • brisbane-local-marketing-RJII3O7CTeo-unsplash
  • jordan-evtWtv0i-6E-unsplash

Inspirational Speakers

 

An unforgettable experience awaits all CASE Junior Ocean School students. During personalised presentations and special events, students hear directly from guest speakers including ocean researchers, conservationists, educators, entrepreneurial minds and explorers.

  • CASE Junior Ocean School

     

    Nicole Stott
     

    Ms Nicole Stott, former NASA Aquanaut and Astronaut, is the Special Adviser to CASE. Nicole holds a world record for living underwater for 18 days, and is a veteran of two space flights and 104 days working in space on both the ISS and Space Shuttle. Nicole is a believer of the inner space/outer space connection and its power to encourage appreciation and action for our planetary life systems.

  • michael aw

     

    Michael Aw
     

    Michael Aw is an author, explorer and conservation photographer. His accolades include winning more than 65 international photographic awards and being named as one of the world’s most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography. 

  • Tom Denniss 1

     

    Tom Denniss
     

    Tom Denniss has a PhD in Mathematics and Oceanography and has been involved in the wave energy industry for more than 25 years. Tom invented the technology of Wave Swell Energy, the world’s leading proprietary technology that converts the energy in the ocean waves into clean and zero emission electricity. 

  • Edwina Tanner 2

     

    Edwina Tanner
     

    Dr. Edwina Tanner is the Project Manager for the World Harbour Project and coordinator of the Marine Studies Institute at the University of Sydney. Her research in climate science focuses on carbon emissions, budgets, and dynamics in estuaries as well as hydrodynamic modelling. Edwina works in different locations across global harbours and ports that all have similar water and sediment quality issues.

  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

     

    Brett Lewis
     

    Brett Lewis is a PhD Student at the Queensland University of Technology, science communicator and council member for the Australian Coral Reef Society. Brett’s work uses advanced imagining and sampling techniques to capture unique and previously unknown coral science and behavior that otherwise could not be discovered. 

Personal Development

 

Throughout the expedition students engage in mPOWER modules aimed to provide principles and guidance for their future endeavours. Students will learn the growth mindset, a concept developed by Prof. Carol Dweck of Stanford University.

Students will learn to:

  • Embrace challenges
  • Believe talent and
    ability can be developed
  • View failure as a chance to
    grow and persist despite obstacles
  • Understand effort leads to success
  • Be inspired by the success of others
  • Adopt an “I want to
    keep improving” attitude
  • Learn from criticism

CASE Junior Ocean School Program

 

Location: Brisbane, Cairns Australia
Duration: 12 Days in country
Open to Students: Years 7, 8 & 9
Dates: July

Program Schedule

  • Arrival - Brisbane

    Arrival - Brisbane

    The adventure begins with a flight into Brisbane. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, the sunshine state. Students attend the official CASE opening ceremony and take part in a welcome ceremony performed by Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Brisbane

    Brisbane

    Today the ocean adventure becomes reality. Students spend the day on North Stradbroke Island. Scientists from them University of Queensland guide students to collect, record and analyse data on marine mammals and shoreline ecosystems. Their curiosity will be ignited, and students gain new skills to help them navigate the days ahead.

  • Brisbane

    Brisbane

    At the Queensland Museum students discover the wildlife they are soon to encounter. Information gathered here can be used in their STEAM Expert project. Next, a hands-on laboratory session demonstrates the side-effects of marine oil spills. Students perform multiple activities including measuring photosynthesis, DNA extraction and DNA analysis.

  • Brisbane

    Brisbane

    Each day students are empowered through the mPower module which is based around the growth mindset. Students visit the Queensland University of Technology and work in teams using a digital simulator to discover what is impacting the ocean. Students then join the locals by cheering at a live sporting match.

  • Brisbane

    Brisbane

    Students board a boat and explore Moreton Bay. Using specialised technology, they deploy underwater cameras, take water samples, and use microscopes to uncover the incredible world of plankton. Stopping at an island, students explore mangrove ecosystems. In the evening, a motivational speaker will present on their ocean topic.

  • Brisbane

    Brisbane

    It’s time to hit the beach. Students take part in foreshore research to help experts understand a major ocean threat, micro-plastics. Questions will be raised, and students will be challenged to think critically. After a rewarding morning they give surfing a try. Qualified guides share the secret to catching the perfect wave.

  • Brisbane to Fitzroy Island

    Brisbane to Fitzroy Island

    Students embark on a flight to Cairns. Upon arrival a ferry takes them to Fitzroy Island. This tropical paradise is a hub for marine science and the perfect place to be immersed. A resident marine biologist will give an evening presentation on the Great Barrier Reef, its importance, and the threats it faces.

  • Fitzroy Island

    Fitzroy Island

    Students wake up to the sound and smell of the ocean. Snorkeling with a guide students meet the local marine life and discover the fringing coral reef while recording important data. Students visit the patients in the turtle rehabilitation centre and learn about their road to recovery.

  • Fitzroy Island to Cairns

    Fitzroy Island to Cairns

    Today is a full day of adventure exploring the largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. A floating pontoon is equipped to host the students. Students can snorkel, visit the underwater observatory, ride the semi-submersible or the glass bottom boat. An unforgettable and life-changing experience.

  • Cairns

    Cairns

    After the morning mPower session, students explore Cairns city. Challenging their friend’s, students play a game of beach volleyball. Cairns Aquarium is a place of learning and discovery. Students put a name to a ‘fishy face’ from their past underwater experiences. The evening finishes with shopping at the markets.

  • Cairns

    Cairns

    Students time-travel to 180 million years ago and visit the world’s oldest tropical rainforest, the Daintree. A drive north places them deep in the rainforest. Students explore a canopy tower and an aerial walkway. On board a boat students float down the Daintree River spotting the infamous Saltwater Crocodile.

  • Cairns

    Cairns

    Today students present their STEAM Expert presentations. To celebrate, the graduation ceremony takes place with the traditional owners of Cairns, the Tjapukai People. Students become immersed in the ancient culture, throwing boomerangs and hearing stories. The evening finishes with an awards ceremony and buffet dinner.

  • Cairns - Depart

    Cairns - Depart

    Expedition complete! Departing from Cairns Airport, students reflect on their journey and share stories and memories with friends they have made along the way. 

    *Program itinerary subject to change 

Parent Testimonials

  • “We can’t thank the whole team of Actura enough for the way you treated our daughter like she was your own. Your professionalism with timely communications, all logistics and ensuring our daughters experience was nothing short of amazing was beyond anything we or she could have ever imagined.
    She loved being with her school buddies and has made some new life long friends with girls from other schools. The programs delivered in all areas of experiences, leadership, exposure to STEM, inspiration and personal development.”

    J. Kennaugh - Tara Anglican School for Girls
  • “My daughter had a wonderful time last December. It was certainly worth the money we spent on . So much more than we expected. She found the group leaders and event instructors caring and helpful. Whole program very exciting and fun. She could not stop talking about it for weeks afterwards. It was nice to see their daily progress on photos and videos via Actura as well. Highly recommend it!”

    T. Wickramasinghe - Loreto Kirribilli
  • “Everything was well organised and communicated. Flynn had a ball and had his eyes opened to very many new experiences. He benefited greatly from the immersing experience and made new friendships.”

    J. Tayles - Knox Grammar School
  • “My Daughter came home with many stories to tell and is still telling them. This trip exceeded my expectations as I was slightly concerned how she would cope being so far away from home and for such a long time, but she loved every minute of it and it has definitely shaped her motivation for what she would like to do in the future with her studies! Other than the obvious learning aspect she has also learnt resilience and independence, made new friends (whom she is continuing to keep in touch with) and a sense of confidence that she did not have prior to the trip.”

    P. Nicholls - Presbyterian Ladies' College
  • “Venice rated the experience 10/10 and her description of the different activities she was involved in sounded very rewarding for someone of her age both from a STEM perspective but also having the confidence to participate in such a program at a relatively young age”

    D. Gemmola - International Grammar School
  • “Thank you to Amy for fielding all our queries and request. Thanks to the two AMAZING group leaders who took the boys on every step of their journey. I would certainly recommend you (and have already) to anyone seeking to send their child on a quest for new learning experiences and one which promotes independence of thought. Well done to all concerned and thank-you!”

    C. Wardle - St Michaels
  • “I appreciated how thorough the organisation of the expidition was and the excellent communication with parents throughout the whole experience.”

    N. Brookes - International Grammar School

Student Testimonials

  • “I had an excellent experience. I made new friends and strengthened old friendships, met amazing people and had so much fun in all of the activities.The leaders (especially Chris) were so supportive and encouraging. I’ve learned not just about the wonders of space exploration but I’ve also learned about how to approach any challenging situations with a positive attitude. I have applied these skills already in this camp which allowed me to try a variety of new activities.”

    L. Tucker - Kambala School
  • “From the beginning to the end, there were fun activities, amazing people and supportive elders. All of the experiences made you realize how lucky we are to be on this trip. Some of these opportunities are once in a life time and you must take these opportunities with both hands and try your hardest. I have learned never to give up on your dreams and must work hard no matter what others say. Anything is possible no matter how hard your dream may be. We may think we have it all but then there is always more to learn.”

    M. Olesen - Knox Grammar School
  • ”I had a lot of chances to experiment with leading – what to do and what not to do – that really helped me grow as a person.”

    James - Knox Grammar School
  • ”I have had such an amazing time, I have learnt so much here and have done things I thought I could and would have never done without this trip.”

    Caitlin - Loreto Mandeville Hall

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