Learning on the Edge

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Friday 16 November 2018 to Saturday 17 November 2018

Discover the wonders of learning in unconventional ways through a series of mind-expanding interactive events in Footscray from 16 to 17 November.

Learning on the Edge is an inaugural two-day program developed by VU's Footscray University Town team in collaboration with Victoria University Polytechnic, Maribyrnong City Council and community partners. It offers unique learning and knowledge-exchange opportunities for everyone.

Events across Footscray

Sami Shah will debate local secondary school students | Photographer: Nicole Cleary

Featuring seven unique events at locations across Footscray, Learning on the Edge puts a twist on everyday learning experiences by encouraging participants to get out of their comfort zones.

  • Watch a debate unfold between ABC radio broadcaster Sami Shah and local secondary-school students.
  • See life in Footscray through scientists’ eyes with Triple R’s Einstein A Go Go host Dr Shane Huntington, and a panel of VU academics.
  • Have a one-on-one conversation with renowned international street artist Heesco, authors Anna Krien (Night Games) and Enza Gandolfo (The Bridge), Michael Smith, the owner of the Sun Theatre and 2016 Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year, recent attendees of the International Congress of Youth Voices, Korik and Darvey, or Sudanese-Australian former refugee Akuol Garang.
  • Discover the traditions behind Footscray’s famous food scene in a special two-course meal at an Ethiopian, Sudanese or Vietnamese restaurant.
  • Find out what happens when you meet someone new without seeing them: have a conversation with a stranger in the dark.

  • Skunk Control will bring a big bang and immersive installations to VU's Nicholson Street campus

    Learn something new in 60 minutes – from 4D printing to spinning records with a DJ, reupholstering furniture, repurposing leftover kitchen products into skincare products, or finessing a workout routine – while viewing Footscray’s famous street art or creating a lunchbox to improve mood. VU’s Nicholson Street Campus will be transformed into a Skills Street, featuring immersive Skunk Control installations.  Fans of ‘big bangs’ will get a kick out of Skunk Control’s science show with a difference, where all rules are broken.

  • Work in someone else's shoes: Staff members from VU, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Footscray Community Arts Centre, City West Water and Maribyrnong City Council will be 'working in others shoes' on a one-day workplace exchange.

Learning on the Edge is an exciting educational program packed with unconventional learning experiences, for everyone.

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16 November 2018, 5:30pm to 17 November 2018, 7:30pm


VU at MetroWest (Footscray) 138 Nicholson Street

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Bec Carey-Grieve
Manager, Place and Creative Programs
Victoria University
+61 3 9919 7043