Interdisciplinary: Subject areas are never mentioned. Instead, there is a problem to solve and whatever is needed to be done to solve it will be done, regardless of discipline area. Academics and industry professionals are engaged to provide expert mentorship and a professional attitude.
Outcome driven: The goal is to achieve tangible outcomes that benefit the Club, its members and the community (e.g. journal publications, community action, news articles, outreach, etc). i.e. It’s all about the project!
Collaborative: In 2 senses; firstly, learning comes from expert academics and professionals (so we learn properly). Secondly, members work together as a club (like a sporting team), mixing student year levels, staff, schools, academics and industry experts.
Extension activity: The Bradbury Club suits students of many abilities, but is especially useful as an extension activity for students of middle-to-higher abilities. Students ‘learn by doing’, giving them experience and practice at STEM-related skills and attributes that are highly valued in the workplace (e.g. problem-solving skills, data analysis skills, resourcefulness and communication skills).
Numeracy Skills: Advanced numeracy skills are developed, since most projects involve complex data analysis, interpretation and presentation. Statistical analyses are routinely performed using statistical and spreadsheet software, with guidance from staff and industry experts/partners. These skills are highly valued in many modern workplaces.
Complements ‘traditional’ subjects: Runs alongside ‘traditional’ school subjects, providing students an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in these subjects to a real-world context.
Achievements: Provides tangible outcomes that students can add to their C.V., hopefully giving them a competitive advantage.