In2science peer mentors acknowledged
The 2016 In2science Awards recently recognised and celebrated the outstanding achievements and outcomes in STEM engagement through the In2science peer mentoring program.
In2science chairman, the Honourable Professor John Brumby, presented awards to mentors from all four partner universities, and three partner schools at the Melbourne Museum Theatre on December 1.
Professor Brumby opened the proceedings by praising the continuing efforts of the mentors, teachers, and supporters of In2science. He highlighted the need addressed by the program: “We all know that we’ve got a huge continuing challenge in this area. More results have come out on maths achievement in Australia, and the reality is that this is an area where Australia is really challenged. We look at the countries around us in the world, Singapore and South Korea and Malaysia and now China, they are making big investments into STEM.”
Despite this, Professor Brumby was upbeat about the achievements of In2science: “Tonight is about celebrating the success of the last year. Success in a re-invigorated 45 high schools and four universities - outstanding engagement from all of the participants. I think it’s true to say that the program is now stronger than ever.”
In2science is a multi-university partnership program that places university students as peer mentors in secondary science and maths classes over 10 weeks. The uni students act as mentors and role models in which they encourage the next generation to pursue their interests and aspirations in STEM. Since we have been back up and running with AMSPP funding, over the past two years we have reached 45 schools, trained and placed almost 300 volunteer university students, where they have mentored more than 4300 students.
Professor Michelle Livett, In2science coordinator Madeleine Yewers, Professor John Brumby, and Andres Alzate
Mentors from The University of Melbourne, Andres Alzate, Vergil Dolar, Samuel Parks and Alaric Sanders were finalists for Mentor Awards.
Alaric was a finalist for the Above and Beyond Mentor Award for his work in a Year 9 science classroom at Rosehill Secondary College. Alaric coded an interactive program to demonstrate heat and kinetic energy. He was an enthusiastic and passionate role model who had a very positive effect on the class as shared by his host teacher, Timothy Cole.
Andres was awarded the Role Model Award for his work in a 7-10 Maths classroom at Mount Alexander College. He discovered a love of teaching through In2science and will be teaching Science and Mathematics in 2017 through the Melbourne Teaching Internship Program.
The University of Melbourne Bachelor of Science student Alaric Sanders (Physics) mentored Year 9 Science students at Rosehill Secondary College.
“Alaric did a phenomenal job. Apart from engaging with the kids, relating his work to their topics and answering questions, he went out of his way to help the students understand topics better. He wrote code for a program to demonstrate heat and kinetic energy. He brought in his own resources as they related to the subjects being covered in class. He was also able to link what the students were doing to very high level physics concepts - I learned a lot from having him with the group! Above all else, his enthusiasm and passion for science and his desire to share that with students was great and had a very positive effect on the class.” - host teacher, Rosehill Secondary College