In a world first initiative the Online College of Advanced STEM provides highly capable, secondary school students with the opportunity to study advanced STEM education and gain direct entry into university and 21st century STEM careers. Talented students can learn at their own pace, at any time and anywhere in the world using an independent, personalised learning model leveraged by OCAS. Our government accredited courses are endorsed and moderated by leading universities.
OCAS began as the School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Atherton State High School. From 2003 to 2009, TSAA developed strong relationships with tertiary institutions across the world in order to develop online STEM education through the online campus initiative of Atherton State High School. Since 2010, online enrolments have grown from 8 to more than 90 gifted and talented students and over 300 mainstream students across 39 schools in Queensland, interstate and internationally in 2017.
OCAS now incorporates two other schools; the School of Computational Sciences and the School of Earth Sciences. TSCS now provides Senior Coding, an accredited programming course teaching advanced programming concepts to high school students, and will soon offer Data Science, a course covering statistical analysis methods and their applications in computational data analysis. Both of these courses are provided by lecturers the University of Southern Queensland. The first course that will be offered by TSES is Fisheries Resilience for the Future, facilitated by James Cook University. This course will take students through the challenges surrounding maintaining the Earth's fish stocks into the future, both biological and societal.