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Year 10 SMART Program

What is the Science, Mathematics And Related Technologies (SMART) Program

The SMART selective program open to all students in the ACT. It is designed for students who show interest and aptitude or potential in Science, Mathematics and Related Technologies and who are prepared and keen to develop effective and responsible learning skills in preparation for Years 11 and 12, post-secondary studies and other post-school options.

The enrolment intake for the program includes selected Year 10 students. These selected students will have the opportunity to optimise the benefits of attending Gungahlin College by participating in a comprehensive preparation program and commencing some Year 11 subjects while in Year 10.

The SMART program and learning environment at Gungahlin will ensure that students acquire skills in

  • Problem solving
  • Communicating
  • Using technology
  • Working collaboratively in teams
  • Making connections between theory and 'real-world' applications
  • Developing laboratory skills

It is expected that students will leverage off their opportunity to participate in the SMART program by continuing at the College in Years 11 and 12.

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Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Students will have access to a interdisciplinary curriculum that offers acceleration in the following learning areas:

  • Physics & Chemistry: Access to acceleration into Yr11 Sciences and ANU Secondary College 
  • Mathematics: Access to into Yr11 Specialist Mathematics,  Mathematical Methods and ANU Secondary College
  • Mechatronics: taught in the College 's purpose build Mechatronics laboratory focusing on skills in applied science and engineering

Integrated Curriculum:

  • Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English, History, IT and PE
  • Information Technology (including robotics)
  • Project based learning utilising the College's specialist Mechatronic facility
  •  Linked programs with ANU

What is Mechatronics?

Mechatronics is a relatively young engineering discipline, which combines skills from mechanical, electrical, computer and software engineering. Today's technological developments require skills that go beyond the boundaries of traditional engineering specialisations, and mechatronics is transforming the way we look at engineering products.

Gungahlin College has a purpose built mechatronics laboratory with cutting edge technology in this field of engineering.

Science and Mechatronics is a unique Year 11 & 12 course only offered at Gungahlin College. The course is open to all Year 11 and 12 students while Year 10 students in the SMART program are accelerated into the course during their second semester of Year 10.

Mechatronics is creating exciting career opportunities in the following industries:

  • Medicine and bio-medical
  • Energy (renewable)
  • Aerospace
  • Maritime
  • Robotics
  • Smart Materials
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Process control
  • Automation

Mechatronic engineers have excellent job prospects and a wide range of employment options in industry, consultancy, and defence.

Engineers with specialisation in mechatronics have multi-disciplinary skills and systems view of engineering products. These attributes place them in a unique position to perform overall analysis, design and specification of new products and to manage efficiently other specialised engineers.

Student Success in Mechatronics

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Selection process

  • Entrance will be based on students' aptitude in and passion for Science and Mathematics
  • Selective intake - Places are limited
  • Open to all students across the ACT
  • Potential students will be required to go through an application process consisting of:
    • Written application
    • Entry test
    • Interview
  • Applicants would be required to commit to leaving their current school at the end of year 9 to undertake this program 
  • Successful applicants are expected to remain enrolled at Gungahlin College until the completion of their year 12 certificate