Global Tropics Future (GTF)


The Global Tropics Future (GTF) Project is a collaboration between the Department of Education (DoE) and James Cook University (JCU) to prepare students for a future in the global topics. The GTF project in Far North Queensland is a collaboration between Tropical North Learning Academy (TNLA) Smithfield State High School and JCU.

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 particular, the project plans to target best and brightest STEM students, girls, Indigenous students, and students from low socio economic backgrounds.

GTF Young Scholars will be able to subscribe to a range of virtual and face to face learning experiences that will expose them to the latest in STEM research in the Tropics. They will have exclusive access to workshops delivered by JCU and industry and will have the opportunity to engage with other likeminded students who are passionate about STEM.

A strong focus of the project is to provide TNLA students with a clear pathway from Year 5 into the Internet of Things (IoT) Engineering degree offered by JCU. TNLA students are able to select subjects from Year 5 that will prepare them for enrolment into the JCU degree. GTF Young Scholars also have the opportunity to participate in IoT workshop at JCU each term.

In addition to these face to face opportunities, GTF Young Scholars will collaborate within a virtual platform called iSee to complete a series of Grand Challenges and Skill Builders. A Grand Challenge is a 10 week learning experience that challenges students to solve a real world problem, whilst a Skill Builder is a 5 week experience that strengthens student’s critical thinking and problem solving within STEM. Both Grand Challenges and Skill Builders are developed and delivered by TNLA Smithfield SHS teachers within iSee.

Because iSee is a virtual platform, schools from across FNQ have the opportunity to participate in the GTF project and enjoy the advantages of working collaboratively. Nominating GTF Young Scholars enables schools to provide their students with STEM enrichment and engagement opportunities; ensures their students have access to best practice STEM teaching and learning; and creates opportunities for their students to access university and industry sites along with STEM mentors.

The project has commenced in 2017 with GTF Young Scholars from TNLA Trinity Beach State School, Caravonica State School, Yorkeys Knob State School and TNLA Smithfield SHS. Throughout 2018 the project will expand to include an additional 10 primary and secondary schools within Far North Queensland.

By 2019 it is expected there will be a suite of virtual Grand Challenges and Skill Builders available to any student in Far North Queensland.

Deputy Principal GTF: Joy Murgatroyd
Phone: (07) 04058 4333
Last reviewed 04 February 2019
Last updated 04 February 2019