A nationally recognised program to re-excite secondary students with the potential of science has completed another semester, and will celebrate its heroes next week. Over the last eight years, 1617 passionate mentors have worked with nearly 50,000 state-school students in 137 schools.
The In2science program was set up to address one of Australia’s critical problems: declining interest among school students in science careers. Last month Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, called for urgent action to arrest this decline.
In2science is a peer-mentoring program that places university science students in primary and secondary school classrooms to help kids learn. As budding scientists who are keen to share their enthusiasm, the mentors become role models to encourage interest and further study in chemistry, biology, physics and maths.
The program began in 2004 mirroring similar programs established worldwide with outstanding results. In2science now runs as a joint activity between a series of Victorian partner universities: The University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Monash University, RMIT University, Deakin University, Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Ballarat. We are proud to have as our patron Dr Alan Finkel AM, Chancellor at Monash University.
To celebrate In2science's achievements in 2012 an awards ceremony is being held on Wednesday 26 June. Prizes will be awarded to outstanding peer mentors, as well as students and teachers. Over 50 outstanding school students, teachers, and university mentors, together with In2science supporters from Government and the Universities, will attend.
Megan Mundy, the In2science Program Manager is excited by the standards set by this semester's nominees.
“In the last two years alone we and our seven partner universities have coordinated over 800 mentor placements in 131 schools throughout Victoria,” Ms Mundy said. “This year's awards highlight the exceptional examples of university student peer mentoring with schools and students. This program is making a real difference to science education in Victoria”
What: In2science Awards Ceremony
When: Tuesday 26 June 5.30 to 7.00 pm
Where: Yasuko Hiraoke Myer Room, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
In2science Program Manager T: 03 9479 2585 M: 0418 333 163 E: firstname.lastname@example.org