The Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy (OUASSA) is a programme organised annually by the University of Otago for Year 13 secondary school students attending rural/provincial, small, or lower decile schools.
OUASSA is designed to support students that have a strong passion for science, a commitment to excel and a willingness to develop their science communication skills. OUASSA aims to introduce participants to scientific research through a range of practical projects in order to improve knowledge, build practical skills, enhance science communication skills and promote familiarity with the range of career options open to scientists.
OUASSA consists of two, week-long residential science ‘camps’ in January and July, together with participation in a ‘Virtual Academy’ offering web-based activities throughout the year. OUASSA has a strong focus on analytical thinking and problem solving, the important role of communication and the way science in the 21st Century also considers social and ethical concerns.
A key component of OUASSA is our Teacher Professional Development consisting of two 4-day workshops and a monthly on-line forum for sharing new ideas and upskilling.