Children's University

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Frequently asked questions and answers.

Frequently asked questions and answers.

Can my child join independently or does the school have to be a member of Children’s University Charles Darwin?

Currently Children’s University (CU) Charles Darwin Membership is based around the school as there are many school based CU Charles Darwin activities. The school is also able to provide the administrative back up for CU Charles Darwin membership.

How does my school get involved?

Initially the program is open to 7 schools in Darwin and Palmerston. From July 2018, all schools will be able to participate.

You will need to have a CUA Coordinator in the school to oversee the program. This role could be filled by a teacher or a member of the support staff and could be carried out in a few hours per week after the initial set up stage. The Coordinator will oversee the running and Validation of CU Charles Darwin clubs or Restricted Learning Destinations in school, manage the issue and maintenance of passports and liaise with CU Charles Darwin around the validation and provision of activities by Public Learning Destinations. Training in all of these areas will be provided by CU Charles Darwin staff.

What is a Learning Destination?

Learning Destinations are places and organisations to which children can ‘travel’ with their Passport to Learning. They provide high quality learning activities and experiences with a ‘wow’ factor and have passed the Children’s University’s own quality assurance process (Planning for Learning). A Learning Destination can range from a museum to a farm or from an airport to a corporate business as long as the learning activity connects with CU Charles Darwin learning which is linked to actual university course provision.

How can I sign up a Learning Destination?

Speak to your in school CUA Cooridnator and ask for a copy of the Learning Destination Contact Form. This form needs to go to to the potential Learning Destination for someone employed there to complete. This form then goes back to the school to be forwarded to the local Children’s University Australasia. If the potential Learning Destination signs up they will then feature on the Learning Destination’s page on the website. Please remember that CU Charles Darwin is a voluntary program for all including Learning Destinations and can take time to have paper work signed off.

What is a Passport to Learning?

The Passport to Learning is where CU Charles Darwin members ‘collect’ their learning. Each activity is recorded, along with the time spent, and validated with a stamp from the Learning Destination. As learning hours accrue, they build towards CUA certificates awarded at graduations.

Is there a cost involved?

CU Charles Darwin will charge an annual membership fee per participating student. It is important to keep the costs for this initiative to a minimum but also ensure that the initiative is sustainable. The membership fee includes a Passport to Learning, assistance with initial school set up, annual graduations as well as validating local Learning Destinations.

Schools may choose how to pass this fee onto their students in order to ensure the participation of all students that wish to be involved.

We understand that all schools have differing needs and we are more than happy to discuss ways that we can tailor the fee structure to suit the specific needs of your school and students.

What is the difference between a Restricted Learning Destination and a Public Learning Destination?

There are two types of Learning Destinations; Public and Restricted. A Public Learning Destination is one that can be accessed by any passport holder or member of the public, such as a museum or an art gallery. Restricted Learning Destinations are for a predetermined CU Charles Darwin audience, and are typically school based clubs.

What is a Passport to Volunteering?

Children’s University Charles Darwin will not be offering the Passport to Volunteering as a part of their Pilot Program, but will consider it in the future.

The Passport to Volunteering is for students aged over 14 so they can gain recognition for their CU Charles Darwin volunteering activities, such as assisting in running clubs or helping out at graduation ceremonies. This contribution is recognised by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme as part of their award requirements.

What are the next steps once my school signs up?

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