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Global Tropics Future Project


Global Tropics Future Project

The Global Tropics Future (GTF) Project is a collaboration between TNLA Smithfield SHS and James Cook University (JCU) to prepare students for a future in the global topics.  The project provides selected students (GTF Young Scholars) in Years 5 - 9 with enrichment and enhancement opportunities within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  The purpose of the project is to build their knowledge and skills, to provide them with opportunities and experiences and to inspire them to follow a STEM pathway.

In 2017, nineteen Year 7 and 8 students have become GTF Young Scholars at Smithfield SHS and they are about to commence their first online enrichment opportunity by participating in a virtual Grand Challenge.

A Grand Challenge is a 10 week learning experience that challenges students to solve a real world problem.  The Challenge has been developed by TNLA Smithfield SHS teachers and will be delivered within a virtual platform called iSee.  Smithfield SHS GTF Young Scholars will spend 60 mins per week logging into iSee, where they will collaborate with students from Yorkeys Knob SS, Caravonica SS and our TNLA partner Trinity Beach SS.

The first Grand Challenge is - Tilapia innovation to eradication:

Is it possible to control or eradicate an invasive pest? Are there resources within data systems and computational thinking to provide an effective and sustainable solution? In this GTF Grand Challenge, students will develop an innovative technological solution to control or eradicate the species of freshwater fish known as Tilapia. Students will use the virtual platform to enrich their STEM capabilities in solving the problem.  The students will collaborate with experts from Cairns City Council, James Cook University and industry and will be mentored through the design thinking process to ideate, refine and design a solution. 

If you have any questions about the GTF Project, or about the Grand Challenge please contact Joy Murgatroyd (Deputy Principal GTF)