I-Science Program: Pre-service teachers mentoring the young scientists of tomorrow

28 June 2013

In a move to highlight the importance of Science and Technology education, pre-service teachers from the Faculty of Education and Social Work have been mentoring year 8, 9 and 10 students across ten Sydney schools on the topics of biology, physics and chemistry.

The culmination of this three-month I-Science program was a presentation event held at the University of Sydney on Wednesday, where students set up their projects in front of a judging panel for the opportunity to win prizes, much like a traditional science fair.

"I-Science was the best and most interactive science competition that I've ever been in!", said Jovan Tomasevic, a Year 8 student from Newington College. Jovan was one of 98 students participating in the program, which is in its third year.

Schools were paired up to undertake their assignments, which were presented on a variety of topics, such as the human heart rate, gas solubility and non-Newtonian fluids. A team comprising of students from Fairfield High School and OLMC Parramatta took out the overall prize for their project on anti-bacterial solutions.

This I-Science program and presentation was supported by the University of Sydney's COMPASS partnership, and was designed as both a professional learning experience for pre-service teachers, and an opportunity for high school students to gain an understanding of and passion for science.

"Australia needs more students to pursue a career in science", says Master of Teaching Program Director Dr Louise Sutherland, "I-Science, an exciting initiative at The University of Sydney, is sparking high schools students' interests in science at the same time as creating the next generation of inspiring science teachers".

"Mentoring a small teach of high school students gives the pre-service science teachers an introduction to the joys and challenges of teaching."

Check out the Faculty of Education and Social Work Facebook page for more photos from the event.

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