As one of the key components of the International Baccalaureate, QASMT offers students to develop their international mindedness through participation in our international STEM tours. These tours provide educational and cultural experiences in an extensive and immersive two week program. Structured yet flexible, students complete a CAS project as part of these tours, in which they demonstrate skills in teamwork, independence, and more. Our enthusiastic teachers work closely with students in small groups through our pre-tour and on-tour projects and we are witness to each student's growth from this experience.
International STEM Tours Offered
USA STEM Tour – open to all Year 10 and 11 students.
Europe STEM Tour – open to students in Year 10 and 11 who study French, German or Latin. This tour has a homestay and language school component and therefore students are placed in the location and language of their studies at QASMT.
Japan STEM Tour – open to students in Year 10 and 11 who study Japanese. This tour has a homestay and language school component and therefore students must be studying Japanese.
Learning Experiences and Outcomes
Students develop their cultural awareness and understanding through immersive engagement with an international environment.
As part of their CAS project, students must work in groups before the tour to plan activities that assist them answer their designated CAS Focus Questions. Students learn to develop their teamwork skills by negotiating activities, taking on leadership when they recognise it is needed, and important travel and daily life skills such as time management, transport, and budgeting.
A diverse range of STEM focussed experiences throughout the tours help broaden students' awareness of current issues and foci from the perspective of a nation other than Australia, the research that is currently being undertaken, and what the future of STEM and the world could look like.
Students develop an understanding of the differences between societies, cultures, languages, daily behaviours, and an appreciation of how lives are lived differently around the world.
As part of our language tours, students significantly enhance their language skills through continuous communication with their host families and native speakers in their day-to-day interactions, as well as through structured education as part of their language school program.