Tomorrow's scientists partner with University to solve complex problems

24 June 2014

Students participating in iScience program

The University of Sydney understands that the importance of STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) to Australia's future cannot be overstated. It is to this end that the University of Sydney conducts iScience: a program that encourages promising young scientists from schools around Sydney, with the help of our pre-service teachers and science staff, to ask big questions of the world in which they live.

iScience aims to enrich and inspire high school students by providing them with an opportunity to conduct an open-ended science enquiry on a research topic of their own choice within biology, physics or chemistry. Participating secondary school students were supported to undertake collaborative hands-on scientific investigations to solve a problem or question linked to real-life issues.

Students also toured the University of Sydney, including Macleay Museum, Fisher Library and labs in the Faculty of Science, in an effort to further foster increased interest in and understanding of scientific claims, gain insight into the work of scientists, and discover how science is useful for many careers.

Over 4 days during Term 2, 170 students in Years 8, 9 and 10 came to the University of Sydney to work on their projects. On Wednesday 11th of July, the participants presented their project findings and were awarded prizes as part of the final presentation evening.

iScience is a Compass-supported project led by Dr. Louise Sutherland from the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. It was first envisaged as part of a Widening Participation Grant in 2012, and it is a flagship model for mutually beneficial service learning partnerships between the University of Sydney and school communities.

Students participating in iScience program