Monday the 18th August marked the official launch of Australia’s Biggest School Excursion, with an enthusiastic group of students from the Scots College and Coogee Bay Prep starting their journey of discovery through the Jenolan Caves.

Officially launched by the Minister of Communications, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, the day was filled with excitement for both the CSIRO and IntoScience as they witnessed the powerful impact of their ground-breaking online education partnership. The combination of technology and education exhibited in the virtual Jenolan Caves enthused the students, and had the Australian government excited about the future of immersive online education.

Discussions with students and teachers revealed that one of the key benefits of the program lies in it’s ability to engage students in an immersive and inspiring way, whilst still addressing the required curriculum content.  The virtual environment demonstrates a truly discovery-based approach to education, facilitating the fundamentals of inquiry-based learning, with each student independently discovering the science behind the caves.

With over 700 schools registered to take part, IntoScience is hoping to break a Guinness World Record this Friday (22nd August) at 2pm (AEST), which requires 5,000 students to be concurrently online.

Our partnership with CSIRO has inspired the 3P Learning team to continue the innovation journey, with a primary future objective being to generate much needed interest in science within Australia.