Telos Summer School

(2020)

Summer with Telos

Available to new and existing students!



Keep your child's mind active over the summer by enrolling them in some of our many holiday programs!


Our education centres will be open for the whole of summer, and we have a wide range of new workshops and seminars to try!


Energise the summer by learning valuable skills and developing new interests. Fill in the form below and let us know which activities appeal to you.

Workshops


Each workshop is designed to target a specific ability, helping students develop valuable skill sets with applications both within the classroom and beyond!

Click on a workshop to learn more.

Primary Students

( Grade 5 / Year 6 and below )

Coding

Our summer coding program provides a perfect introduction to computer programming skills. Delivered through a series of interactive and exciting projects, it is perfect for children who have great imaginations, who like figuring out how things work, or who simply have an interest in technology.

Little Science Lab

This workshop introduces young learners to the fun and creativity of science using a variety of different experiments.


Each week will feature a new experiment, which students will design and build using only ingredients and materials that are typically found around the house!


The workshop will focus on experimental design, safety, and data analysis, creating budding scientists with wide imaginations.

Writing

The focus throughout the workshop is on effective use of 'The Writing Process'; mind-map, outline, draft, revise, edit, and publish.


Each week, students will be tasked with applying this process to a new theme and style of writing, with particular emphasis placed on specific skills in grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.

Times Tables

This workshop encourages students to master their times tables from x2 up to x11 by utilising fun and interactive material.


Activities will challenge students, ultimately building their confidence when having to recall those tricky times tables.

Secondary Students

( Grade 6 / Year 7 and above )

Programming (Practical Python)

Python is a popular programming language with a wide range of uses. It has applications in web development, data science, and software design (among others).


Our Practical Python workshop is aimed at equipping students with the key practical skills necessary for building real-world python products.


Students will start by building a foundation of vital practical skills, culminating in the development of a web app that will be hosted online. They will then be tasked with applying their new skills to problems of their own choice, building their own program with the feedback of their peers and support of their instructor.

Presentation Skills

The workshop will teach students how to effectively communicate a message to an audience. It will start with a research phase, where a presentation topic will be selected, before students are introduced to different presentation techniques and pitfalls.


Students will be given opportunities to present to their peers, engage in discussion, and be provided with meaningful feedback that will be integrated into a followup presentation to reinforce and apply their new skills.

Debate

In this workshop, students will develop their research, logic, and debate skills. They will be introduced to a range of debate techniques and principles, while also learning how to effectively research a topic.


After debating for both sides, students will learn how to summarise the information and draw a conclusion. They will be given an opportunity to reflect on why they did or did not change their minds, before engaging in a concluding discourse to reach a final agreement.

Study Skills

This workshop will introduce students to highly effective methods of study for different types of learners. Students will be encouraged to attempt and apply the various study methods to a range of topics, allowing them to identify those methods they find most beneficial for their style of learning.

Seminars


Centred around a range of topics, each seminar is designed to inspire students to develop a more complete understanding of the world around them. The aim is to encourage students to explore areas of interest, taking their natural curiosity and learning to a deeper level.


Each seminar lasts 90 minutes. The first 45 minutes will be a presentation of the topic, introducing the key ideas, while the last 45 minutes will be a guided discussion, involving students asking questions and contributing their ideas.

Click on a seminar to learn more.

Primary Students

( Grade 5 / Year 6 and below )

"Junior History Detectives" - Deciphering clues from the past

Students will be thrust back in time to consider evidence and sources in order to solve history's most puzzling and baffling mysteries.


Each seminar is a new ninety minute journey introducing children to critical and deductive reasoning skills, inferences, and source analysis via the enticing lure of historical mystery.

"Life is Strange" - Biology of the extreme and the bizarre

This course delves into the world of weird and wonderful, discussing organisms that live in impossible conditions, creatures with extraordinary traits, and species whose anatomies just don't make much sense!


Somehow, life finds a way!

"Where Are We?" - Our place in the universe

Students will take a journey through space and time, examining the universe from its likely inception at the Big Bang until today.


Our topics of learning will range from the very small (quantum level), to the very big (intergalactic level).

"Perplexing Problems in Physics" - Unknown or unknowable?

Designed to get young learners thinking, this seminar will gently introduce students to some of the mysteries in our universe.


We will be looking at the things we know we don't know, exploring potential solutions and approaches to these elusive areas.

Secondary Students

( Grade 6 / Year 7 and above )

"Artificial Intelligence" - Salvation or apocalypse?

This seminar will explore the inevitable rise of artificial intelligence, and the resultant impact on humanity of its development.


Students will be given an overview of artificial neural networks and the human brain to demonstrate the similarities and differences of the two structures.


The seminar will challenge students as they consider the ethical, philosophical, and technological implications of such technology.


"Eye of the Tiger" - Motivated learning

In this seminar we will examine numerous approaches to motivation in studying and in life. These will include various philosophical perspectives, as well as contemporary behavioural research.


Students will discuss their perspective on their own motivation, and practice applying various strategies to build and enhance goal-oriented behaviour.

"How do we clean up this mess?" - Environmental and atmospheric chemistry

During this seminar we will be examining the fundamental chemical processes of the Earth's natural environment, and the changes induced by human activity.


We will be discussing topics related to the atmosphere, urban air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain, water resources, and pollution, as well as strategies to counteract these effects.

"I Am Cyborg" - Bionics and the future of human health

This seminar will examine how robotics, biology, cybernetics, and other disciplines have combined to produce incredible advancements in healthcare and human enhancement.


Case studies will be studied that depict some of these developments, which will be used to shape our discussions.

"Do We Have a Choice" - The neuroscience of free will

This seminar will explore some of the different viewpoints surrounding free will. Students will be asked challenging questions based on research, before determining and discussing their point of view.

"Transgenesis" - Genetically modified organisms

This seminar introduces the technology used to engineer genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the role of GMOs in nutrition and medicine, as well as the controversies surrounding GMOs. 


Students will be encouraged to engage in productive discussions on GMOs, considering opposing views in forming their own opinions.

"Abnormality"  - Psychology for the IB student 

This course will introduce abnormal psychology by following the IB framework. We will discuss the four Ds of abnormality (deviance, dysfunction, distress, and danger), and how they are used to identify abnormal behaviour.


We will also explore the role that biological, cognitive, and sociocultural factors play in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders by using case studies.

"Ironclad and Immutable Truths" - The method of mathematical proofs

Designed for students with an interest in mathematics, the seminar is an exploration of different proofs and proving methods. It covers direct proofs, proof by exhaustion, proof by contrapositive, proof by contradiction, and proof by induction.


The learning outcome of the seminar is to show that results can be demonstrably proven true using logic and deduction. Emphasis will be placed on step-by-step reasoning with approach-oriented learning.



"Set in Stone" - Can we change who we are?

This three-part seminar discusses our capacity for change from biological, psychological, and technological perspectives, exploring:

  • The role of genetics in physiology and behaviour
  • The adaptability and mutability of the psyche
  • The relationship between cybernetics and humanity


Students will be tasked with discussing and answering challenging questions about humanity.


"Life is Strange" - Biology of the extreme and the bizarre

This course delves into the world of weird and wonderful, discussing organisms that live in impossible conditions, creatures with extraordinary traits, and species whose anatomies just don't make much sense!


Somehow, life finds a way!

"Where Are We?" - Our place in the universe

Students will take a journey through space and time, examining the universe from its likely inception at the Big Bang to the present and through to its potential end.


Our topics of learning will range from the very small (quantum level), to the very big (intergalactic level).

"Perplexing Problems in Physics" - Unknown or unknowable?

This seminar introduces students to the mysteries we still face in our universe - the things we know that we don't know.


Our present understanding of these anomalies and unknowns will be introduced, and current scientific efforts will be explored.


These mysteries will then be discussed by students in an exercise to discover potential solutions or approaches to these elusive questions.


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