Faculty of Science students take science on the road
As soon as exams were over for the Semester, 11 enthusiastic Faculty of Science students hit the road for the Science Delivery Winter Roadshow.
The group travelled 700km and visited 1100 students from six high schools in low socioeconomic or rural areas across Victoria. Overall, 21 shows and 50 workshops were delivered to inspire high school students to engage with science in exciting and meaningful ways.
The Science Delivery program is aimed at increasing the participation of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds in STEM. Current university students who have come from financially disadvantaged or rural backgrounds are recruited and trained as volunteer science presenters, developing their communication, teamwork and project development skills. They then host interactive sessions, including a science show, hands-on workshop and Q&A. The students act as role models, reflecting on their personal experiences of university and encouraging students to continue studying science and go to university.
A Maffra Secondary College teacher said: "Students were so interested, trying new and different things and were really engaged.”
Cranbourne Secondary College students hand-wrote their thank you letters and comments included: “I think that your experiments were great and you have inspired all of us, especially me to follow in chemistry and robotics. You’re the best and you’re so inspiring.”
Science Delivery will be happening again in Semester 2, and applications are now open. Find out more about the program and apply now.