Our Extended Investigation students had a chance to fine tune their research projects on Tuesday night when they presented their findings to an audience at the La Trobe Visual Arts Centre.

Seven of the 10 students studying Extended Investigation in 2016 presented on topics as diverse as education is South Korea, the influence of the Contemporary Art movement, and the challenges of interstellar travel.

Students then fielded questions from the audience, testing their knowledge of the subject and their ability to think on their feet.

Year 12 student, Eva Marchingo, who researched how gender role attitudes of students aged 16-25 influence their perceptions of male perpetrated sexual violence against women, said that Extended Investigation had challenged all the students in the class, but also set them up for the future, including university study.

“You learn a lot about research methods; how to source good data and information and to reference it,” she said. “If you’re a hard worker, are passionate about a topic, and want to do something that makes a difference, this is the subject for you.

“It doesn’t attract a lot of people. This year I’ve been in a class with 10 really hard working passionate people, all struggling through the same thing… but loving every minute of it. There’s a sense of camaraderie unlike anything else I’ve experienced in a classroom.”

The students will make their final oral presentations to the VCAA on October 10. Congratulations to all the students who presented on Tuesday: Sacha Hill, Erin Young, Maddy Fraser, Laura Sidnell, Deklan Heider, Jack Webster and Eva Marchingo. And good luck to Georgia March and Michaella Perkins who were unable to present on the night.