CASE Senior Ocean School



Ocean Management for Young Leaders
 


Students will visit Sydney, Townsville and Cairns, engaging with Australian universities, marine science institutes and private enterprises. This unique blend of highly immersive STEAM activities and empowering personal development creates a once in a lifetime experience.

Learning Outcomes

 
  • Apply management principles in ocean exploration and studies
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Lead through influence
  • Be effective in collaborative teamwork for challenging projects
  • Walk away with a growth mindset to fulfill the potential 
  • Spark curiosity and imagination
  • Pursue personal values and set life goals
  • Be empowered to take action and create global change
CASE Senior Ocean School

CASE Senior Ocean School



Ocean Management for Young Leaders
 


Students will visit Sydney, Townsville and Cairns, engaging with Australian universities, marine science institutes and private enterprises. This unique blend of highly immersive STEAM activities and empowering personal development creates a once in a lifetime experience.

Learning Outcomes

 
  • Apply management principles in ocean exploration and studies
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Lead through influence
  • Be effective in collaborative teamwork for challenging projects
  • Walk away with a growth mindset to fulfill the potential 
  • Spark curiosity and imagination
  • Pursue personal values and set life goals
  • Be empowered to take action and create global change

Program Framework

 

Built on the foundation of the Seven Survival Skills, the program offers three key pillars of activities, engaging ocean studies, immersive ocean project management and inspiring personal and leadership development.

CASE Senior Ocean School is a unique and exclusive program providing a holistic STEAM experience in some of the world’s most renowned locations. Returning from the expedition, students will become more focused and more inquisitive to pursue the subjects they are interested in.

The Ultimate Ocean STEAM Experience

CASE Senior Ocean School

International Academic Credentials

 

All CASE International Study 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 study program 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 International Study Programs will differentiate themselves from other applicants giving them a distinct advantage.

CASE Ocean School is in the process of obtaining UC approved 5.0 GPA honors course status. 

CASE Senior Ocean School

Stage I – Analysis

 

The analysis phase is to discover the ocean at the inspiring and amazing locations and facilities. Students will truly be immersed in the world of ocean science and activities including fisheries management, witnessing what drives the ocean food chain and participating in Great Barrier Reef projects. Stage one grows teamwork, communication and their sense of adventure in an exciting fast-paced environment.

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Stage II – Synthesis

 

Stage two introduces the students to the ocean economy and uncovers where the future lies. Participating in the CASE exclusive program, OceanU, students will team up and put what they have learnt into a real life scenario. OceanU allows students to gain multi-faceted knowledge, cutting across multiple disciplines outside the student’s normal realm of learning.

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Stage III – Thesis

 

At CASE ChallengeX Competition, modeled on the global X-Prize that has lead to many technological advancements, the students compete in an ocean development project. Students work as a team under set guideline and timelines to professionally present to a panel of judges. The CASE ChallengeX Competition fosters critical thinking and problem solving, effective oral communication, and project management skills in a highly competitive environment.

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Amazing Locations

 

A ‘classroom’ like no other awaits all CASE Senior Ocean School participants. Students will visit scenic Magnetic Island, 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. Sydney offers students the vibrant metropolitan lifestyle with pristine beaches, Townsville is the marine industry hub and Cairns is a seaside escape with the Coral Sea at their feet. A visit to the University of Sydney and James Cook University offers an insight into their future study possibilities. 

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Cultural Experience

 

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 beach volleyball, rugby and Australian BBQ, 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.

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Inspirational Speakers

 

An unforgettable experience awaits all CASE Senior 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 Senior Ocean School

     

    Nicole Stott
     

    Ms Nicole Stott, former NASA Aquanaut and Astronaut, is the Special Adviser to CASE. Nicole holds a word record for living under water 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. 

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    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.

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    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.   

mPOWER 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 a “I want to keep improving” attitude
  • Learn from criticism

CASE Senior Ocean School Program

Location: Sydney, Townsville, Cairns Australia
Duration: 12 Days in country
Open to Students: Years 11, 12 & 13
Dates: July

Program Schedule*

  • Day 1

    Day 1

    The adventure begins with a flight into Sydney, Australia. Sydney is famous for its spectacular beaches and harbours. Students will stretch their legs meet new people and discover the beauty of Manly Beach, a world-renowned surf beach. In the evening, students will take part in an authentic welcome ceremony performed by Australia’s traditional owners, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Day 2

    Day 2

    Students jump right into marine science at one the world’s leading marine research institutes. Under the guidance of researchers and educators, students use technology and critical thinking to discover what contributes to a healthy ocean, what drives fish production and ways to manage fisheries. The day ends with students getting up close and personal with Australia’s favourite fluffy and furry wildlife.           

  • Day 3

    Day 3

    A visit to the National Maritime Museum allows students to investigate sustainability, ocean science and health using task-based learning and the latest technology including underwater drones. In the afternoon students visit Australia’s oldest and most prestigious University, the University of Sydney with a campus tour and an admission session to study abroad. Dinner, shopping and sightseeing of the Harbour Bridge and Opera house is a must under the city lights.

  • Day 4

    Day 4

    The rocky platform along the coastline of Sydney’s Northern Beaches is a ‘classroom’ like no other. Students will learn the skills to collect, record and analyse scientific data for this unique and important ecosystem where the city meets the ocean. Learning the importance of biodiversity, adaptations and how to classify marine life will help them advance in the industry. During the evening, students will join the locals as they cheer for their team at a live Rugby game.

  • Day 5

    Day 5

    Each day the students are empowered through the mPower Expression Zone and an interactive team presentation of the day’s growth mindset, setting the right attitude for each day’s activities. Students say goodbye to Sydney and board a flight to Townsville, Queensland. Townsville is home to some of the best researchers, industry leaders and government agencies in the marine world. In the evening, a motivational guest speaker will present on their STEAM related topic. 

  • Day 6

    Day 6

    A full day of adventure begins with the students boarding a boat to beautiful Magnetic Island. Here they join a reef recovery project, an innovative project in partnership with researchers, industry and community which aims to make a positive environmental, social and economic benefit for our local reefs and communities. Students will learn about global pressures effecting the ocean and discuss future solutions.

  • Day 7

    Day 7

    Reef HQ is the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and the national reef education centre. Students will hear from policy makers and influencers as they discuss ocean threats, management tools and ways to monitor ocean health including possibilities for the use of future technologies. Students will visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland where they will discover the mysteries of prehistoric oceans and hear from experts about the science behind our current changes in climate.      

  • Day 8

    Day 8

    Students visit James Cook University to develop projects focusing on advances in Aquaculture, the fastest growing global food sector. Experts will engage with students to broaden their mind on future possibilities in managing global food security. 21st century transferable skill set is put into action with the integrated OceanU learning module. Teams challenge each other’s perspectives, learning to be dynamic in multi-layered business discussion.

  • Day 9

    Day 9

    After the morning mPower session, students will board the bus and road-trip to Cairns. To stretch their legs upon arrival, students participate in a game of beach volleyball, challenging their friends to dig, set and spike. The CASE ChallengeX team presentations are held this evening as students demonstrate their creativity, project management and leadership skills to determine the best concepts to go through to the final round.

  • Day 10

    Day 10

    A full day of adventure begins with the students boarding a boat to the largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. A large floating pontoon is equipped to host the students for a full day of fun. Led by a marine biologist, students will snorkel and collect data which is used to better manage the reef. By the end of the day students will have a sound understanding of what it takes to sustainably manage the ocean and discover one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders.

  • Day 11

    Day 11

    A challenging morning ahead in the CASE ChallengeX finals. Bringing together the knowledge and skills acquired during the program, teams present to a panel of ocean industry experts. To unwind, an exhilarating ride on the Skyrail takes students above the canopy witnessing the oldest rainforest in the world. The graduation ceremony takes place with the Cairns regions traditional owners the Tjapukai people. Students will be immersed in the ancient culture and finish with a presentation and a buffet dinner. A true Australian celebration.

  • Day 12

    Day 12

    Expedition completed! Departing from Cairns International Airport, students will have time to reflect on their journey and share stories and memories with old and new friends they have made along the way. 

    *Proposed program 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.

    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 have gained a lot of valuable knowledge and skills in teamwork, persistence, resilience, and working under time pressure. The experience has been challenging, however I have often been surprised at hoe much me and my team have been able to achieve”

    Bridget - Ivanhoe Girls Grammer
  • “I loved the physical experience this tour offered – of showing me where STEAM can take me; but I equally loved being surrounded by girls who thought like me and had similar mindsets and visions.”

    Jessica - St Margaret's School
  • “This experience has been life changing for me. It helped me to realise my goals and guided me by giving me the knowledge and support to allow me to take those steps so I can achieve my goals… It gave me an incredible learning experience to learn outside the classroom and develop practical skills, Not only did I feel very welcomed and an accepted part of both my groups but I also made new friends who i will continue to stay in touch with when the trip ends.”

    H. Nicholas - Stella Maris College
  • “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

Cooperative Program Partners

CASE Senior Ocean School

 
Ocean Management for Young Leaders
 

Students will visit Sydney, Townsville and Cairns, engaging with Australian universities, marine science institutes and private enterprises. This unique blend of highly immersive STEAM activities and empowering personal development creates a once in a lifetime experience.

Advanced Learning Outcomes

 
  • Apply management principles in ocean exploration and studies
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Lead through influence
  • Be effective in collaborative teamwork for challenging projects
  • Walk away with a growth mindset to fulfill the potential 
  • Spark curiosity and imagination
  • Pursue personal values and set life goals
  • Be empowered to take action and create global change
  •  

 

CASE Senior Ocean School

Program Framework

 

Built on the foundation of the Seven Survival Skills, the program offers three key pillars of activities, engaging ocean studies, immersive ocean project management and inspiring personal and leadership development.

CASE Senior Ocean School is a unique and exclusive program providing a holistic STEAM experience in some of the world’s most renowned locations. Returning from the expedition, students will become more focused and more inquisitive to pursue the subjects they are interested in.

The Ultimate Ocean STEAM Experience

CASE Senior Ocean School
CASE Senior Ocean School

International Academic Credentials

 

 

All CASE International Study 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 study program 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 International Study Programs will differentiate themselves from other applicants giving them a distinct advantage.

CASE ocean school is in the process of obtaining UC approved 5.0 GPA honors course status. 

 

Stage I – Analysis

 

The analysis phase is to discover the ocean at the inspiring and amazing locations and facilities. Students will truly be immersed in the world of ocean science and activities including fisheries management, witnessing what drives the ocean food chain and participating in Great Barrier Reef projects. Stage one grows teamwork, communication and their sense of adventure in an exciting fast-paced environment.

  • KIAP5953
  • AUSQLD_GreatBarrierReef_SunloverCruises_2005_APT_GU
  • todd-cravens-lwACYK8ScmA-unsplash (1)
  • stem-t4l-CFfoGuhptok-unsplash (1)
  • SBCreativeCo-MOTQ-Evolution-SchoolStudents-081
  • Moore Reef Pontoon with Waterslide
  • planktow2
  • Maori Wrasse Wally
  • Krystal Greenwood
  • 20190314-SLR-3869 (1)
  • DCIM100GOPROGOPR3368.JPG
  • mael-balland-OnDAT03wMhY-unsplash
  • IMG_7558
  • fezbot2000-3yuUDrsTUz8-unsplash
  • getimage
  • jeffrey-hamilton-JtVyK2Sej2I-unsplash
  • 960-IMG_7734_1

Stage II – Synthesis

 

Stage two introduces the students to the ocean economy and uncovers where the future lies. Participating in the CASE exclusive program, OceanU, students will team up and put what they have learnt into a real life scenario. OceanU allows students to gain multi-faceted knowledge, cutting across multiple disciplines outside the student’s normal realm of learning.

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Stage III – Thesis

 

At CASE ChallengeX Competition, modeled on the global X-Prize that has lead to many technological advancements, the students compete in an ocean development project. Students work as a team under set guideline and timelines to professionally present to a panel of judges. The CASE ChallengeX Competition fosters critical thinking and problem solving, effective oral communication, and project management skills in a highly competitive environment.

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  • CASE Senior Ocean School

Amazing Locations

 

A ‘classroom’ like no other awaits all CASE Senior Ocean School participants. Students will visit scenic Magnetic Island, 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. Sydney offers students the vibrant metropolitan lifestyle with pristine beaches, Townsville is the marine industry hub and Cairns is a seaside escape with the Coral Sea at their feet. A visit to the University of Sydney and James Cook University offers an insight into their future study possibilities.

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Cultural Experience

 

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 beach volleyball, rugby and Australian BBQ, 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.

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  • aboriginal-cultural-village
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  • d413103d
  • manly-beach-sydney-austockphoto-000061186
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Inspirational Speakers

 

An unforgettable experience awaits all CASE Senior 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 Senior Ocean School

     

    Nicole Stott
     

    Ms Nicole Stott, former NASA Aquanaut and Astronaut, is the Special Adviser to CASE. Nicole holds a word record for living under water 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.   

mPOWER 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 a “I want to keep
    improving” attitude
  • Learn from criticism

CASE Senior Ocean School Program

 

Location: Sydney, Townsville, Cairns Australia
Duration: 12 Days in country
Open to Students: Years 11, 12 & 13
Dates: July 

Program Schedule

  • Day 1

    Day 1

    The adventure begins with a flight into Sydney, Australia. Sydney is famous for its spectacular beaches and harbours. Students will stretch their legs meet new people and discover the beauty of Manly Beach, a world-renowned surf beach. In the evening, students will take part in an authentic welcome ceremony performed by Australia’s traditional owners, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Day 2

    Day 2

    Students jump right into marine science at one the world’s leading marine research institutes. Under the guidance of researchers and educators, students use technology and critical thinking to discover what contributes to a healthy ocean, what drives fish production and ways to manage fisheries. The day ends with students getting up close and personal with Australia’s favourite fluffy and furry wildlife.   

  • Day 3

    Day 3

    A visit to the National Maritime Museum allows students to investigate sustainability, ocean science and health using task-based learning and the latest technology including underwater drones. In the afternoon students visit Australia’s oldest and most prestigious University, the University of Sydney with a campus tour and an admission session to study abroad. Dinner, shopping and sightseeing of the Harbour Bridge and Opera house is a must under the city lights.

  • Day 4

    Day 4

    The rocky platform along the coastline of Sydney’s Northern Beaches is a ‘classroom’ like no other. Students will learn the skills to collect, record and analyse scientific data for this unique and important ecosystem where the city meets the ocean. Learning the importance of biodiversity, adaptations and how to classify marine life will help them advance in the industry. During the evening, students will join the locals as they cheer for their team at a live Rugby game.

  • Day 5

    Day 5

    Each day the students are empowered through the mPower Expression Zone and an interactive team presentation of the day’s growth mindset, setting the right attitude for each day’s activities. Students say goodbye to Sydney and board a flight to Townsville, Queensland. Townsville is home to some of the best researchers, industry leaders and government agencies in the marine world. In the evening, a motivational guest speaker will present on their STEAM related topic. 

  • Day 6

    Day 6

    A full day of adventure begins with the students boarding a boat to beautiful Magnetic Island. Here they join a reef recovery project, an innovative project in partnership with researchers, industry and community which aims to make a positive environmental, social and economic benefit for our local reefs and communities. Students will learn about global pressures effecting the ocean and discuss future solutions.

  • Day 7

    Day 7

    Reef HQ is the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and the national reef education centre. Students will hear from policy makers and influencers as they discuss ocean threats, management tools and ways to monitor ocean health including possibilities for the use of future technologies. Students will visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland where they will discover the mysteries of prehistoric oceans and hear from experts about the science behind our current changes in climate.  

  • Day 8

    Day 8

    Students visit James Cook University to develop projects focusing on advances in Aquaculture, the fastest growing global food sector. Experts will engage with students to broaden their mind on future possibilities in managing global food security. 21st century transferable skill set is put into action with the integrated OceanU learning module. Teams challenge each other’s perspectives, learning to be dynamic in multi-layered business discussion.

  • Day 9

    Day 9

    After the morning mPower session, students will board the bus and road-trip to Cairns. To stretch their legs upon arrival, students participate in a game of beach volleyball, challenging their friends to dig, set and spike. The CASE ChallengeX team presentations are held this evening as students demonstrate their creativity, project management and leadership skills to determine the best concepts to go through to the final round.

  • Day 10

    Day 10

    A full day of adventure begins with the students boarding a boat to the largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. A large floating pontoon is equipped to host the students for a full day of fun. Led by a marine biologist, students will snorkel and collect data which is used to better manage the reef. By the end of the day students will have a sound understanding of what it takes to sustainably manage the ocean and discover one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders.

  • Day 11

    Day 11

    A challenging morning ahead in the CASE ChallengeX finals. Bringing together the knowledge and skills acquired during the program, teams present to a panel of ocean industry experts. To unwind, an exhilarating ride on the Skyrail takes students above the canopy witnessing the oldest rainforest in the world. The graduation ceremony takes place with the Cairns regions traditional owners the Tjapukai people. Students will be immersed in the ancient culture and finish with a presentation and a buffet dinner. A true Australian celebration.

  • Day 12

    Day 12

    Expedition completed! Departing from Cairns International Airport, students will have time to reflect on their journey and share stories and memories with old and new friends they have made along the way. 

    *Proposed program 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.

    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 have gained a lot of valuable knowledge and skills in teamwork, persistence, resilience, and working under time pressure. The experience has been challenging, however I have often been surprised at hoe much me and my team have been able to achieve”

    Bridget - Ivanhoe Girls Grammer
  • “I loved the physical experience this tour offered – of showing me where STEAM can take me; but I equally loved being surrounded by girls who thought like me and had similar mindsets and visions.”

    Jessica - St Margaret's School
  • “This experience has been life changing for me. It helped me to realise my goals and guided me by giving me the knowledge and support to allow me to take those steps so I can achieve my goals… It gave me an incredible learning experience to learn outside the classroom and develop practical skills, Not only did I feel very welcomed and an accepted part of both my groups but I also made new friends who i will continue to stay in touch with when the trip ends.”

    H. Nicholas - Stella Maris College
  • “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

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