29 Mar 2020
Students across New South Wales can continue to undertake school excursions at Sydney Olympic Park with the launch of an interactive virtual learning experience coined Sydney Olympic Park LIVE.
Sydney Olympic Authority is transforming the way education is delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering the full suite of curriculum-based school programs as virtual lessons.
Excursions will be available from Kindergarten to Year 12 focused on Geography, Science, History and cross-curriculum priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History and Cultures and Sustainability.
Sydney Olympic Park Authority CEO Sam Romaniuk said he was proud of his staff for their fast and innovative approach to supporting education and safe practice in the current climate.
“Sydney Olympic Park delivers quality educational programs and events to over 30,000 students each year to support their learning in an immersive and hands-on way,” Romaniuk said.
“We are pleased to continue to facilitate discovery in our parklands and provide rich learning experiences through the use of technology, whether from the classroom or from home.”
Students will be taken deep into the Badu Mangroves and immersed virtually in a range of field work activities. All experiences can be customised to suit the curriculum needs of each class.
The interactive nature of Sydney Olympic Park LIVE is paramount to providing a meaningful learning experience for students said Mike Bartlett, Sydney Olympic Park Authority Senior Manager for Education and Visitor Programs.
“Students will be able to ask questions through a chat function and by ‘raising a hand’ in the virtual environment,” Bartlett said.
“We are committed to supporting teachers and helping students to meet learning outcomes during this time.”
Monte Sant Angelo’s College in North Sydney was the first to trial the technology and participate in a Park LIVE session taking two Year 11 Geography classes on a virtual excursion to learn about the biophysical interactions in the wetlands.
“This was a fantastic way for our students to still engage with fieldwork methodologies,” shared Jenny Symington, Director of Middle School Monte Sant Angelo’s College.
“It was well-planned, and particularly useful for students to be able to communicate their questions and clarifications via chat.”
More information about Sydney Olympic Park LIVE