YOUNG researchers from Bendigo Senior Secondary College gave an insight into a wide range of topics on Wednesday night.
Seven students investigated issues including mental health funding, genetically modified foods and sleep deprivation for a new VCE subject.
The Extended Investigation program is being trialed by the students and a small number of schools across the state.
Eva Quin-Walters gave a presentation on modern feminism in Aboriginal culture.
Ms Quin-Walters, who travelled to northeast Arnhem Land to research the issue, said her views on feminism had changed.
“(It) was like entering a new world,” she said.
“My idea of feminism changed and I realised that perhaps the idea of feminism is a white woman’s luxury.
“There is no definition of the word in reality.
“Feminism is always changing depending on time, society and culture.”
BSSC teach Nick Freeman said the VCE subject had enabled the students to undertake a project based on their passions.
“It has been a challenging journey for students designing a research question, gathering date, analysing their finding and writing a final report,” he said.