Student mentor supports young scientists

Student mentor supports young scientists

27 May 2011

Grade Five students at Wodonga Primary School are getting their hands dirty in the name of science, capturing creatures and examining their findings under the microscope.

kidsOver the past month, students have been and collecting and photographing insect and spider specimens, as part of a state-wide educational program “Biodiversity Snap Shots”, facilitated by Museum Victoria. The educational resource is for Years 3-10 investigating biodiversity as part of Science or Integrated Mathematics, ICT and Environmental Science study.

The project is supported by La Trobe University and the In2Science Mentoring Program, which involves La Trobe student mentors undertaking voluntary placements in schools as peer role models, to engage with school students and support teachers with science and mathematics in the classroom.
 
Mentor, Jade Fitzgerald, who is currently on placement at Wodonga Primary School says, “The In2Science program is great and I love my mentoring role. I really enjoy combining the enthusiasm that the children bring to our science afternoons with some very imaginative and interactive ways to explore science.”
 
The students findings were presented at Wodonga Primary School’s annual Science Night as part of Education Week on Tuesday 17th May from 6:30-7:30pm.

Grade Five teacher, Suzanne Drummond, is very pleased to be getting support in her class. "The In2Science program has been an excellent way to promote a curiosity for learning through science. With our mentor, Jade, the Year 5 students have been able investigate the biodiversity of creatures they've photographed and identified. It has been a highlight to the week having our 'own scientist' in the room to help with our investigations and research."

In2Science is funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood development. Aims of the program are to generate enthusiasm for science in the middle years of their education, to inspire and promote the value and rewards of science and mathematics, and to foster links between schools and universities.

To arrange an interview or for further information, please contact:

Reinhard Beissbarth

La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga
Phone 02 6024 9784
Email r.beissbarth@latrobe.edu.au

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