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September 9, 2021

Our next Philosophy in Public Spaces Event for schools for 2021 is open.

This event is for students in Years 5-8 and will take place at Scienceworks Museum on the 9th of September 2021. Each school is able to bring 10 students.

PIPS events are events run to stimulate philosophical thinking in students. Between 5 – 12 schools attend each PIPS event and bring 10 students each, then those students are mixed up into groups of 10 and placed with a facilitator. The facilitator is a member of VAPS trained in facilitating philosophical communities of inquiry.

PIPS events are run in locations of cultural significance whereby we have access to thought provoking material. Students observe a chosen stimulus (artwork, exhibition, show) with their mixed-school group and facilitator, before beginning a philosophical discussion about the ‘big ideas’ present in their stimulus to begin their community of inquiry discussion. The facilitator guides students towards philosophical questioning and thought processes, however the topic is chosen by the students themselves based on the ideas that the stimulus provoked in them.

2021 Philosophy offerings include:

  • 6th May Melbourne Museum Years 5-8
  • 11th June National Gallery of Victoria Years 4-6
  • 22nd July Immigration Museum Years 5-8
  • 20th August National Gallery of Victoria Years 8-11
  • 9th September Scienceworks Museum Years 5-8
  • 18th November Melbourne Museum Years 5-8


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September 9, 2021
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Scienceworks Museum
2 Booker St
Spotswood, VIC 3015 Australia
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13 11 02
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