In2science places university students into high schools as peer mentors to inspire students to pursue STEM studies at school and beyond.
Over 10 weekly visits per semester mentors build meaningful relationships with Year 8-9 students and their teachers in science and maths classes.
In2science mentors are currently studying university STEM degrees. In the classroom mentors are role models, sharing their passion for STEM and their university study experiences. Mentors encourage and engage secondary students from educationally-disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue tertiary studies and to see the relevance and importance of STEM in their lives.
The program partners with schools via two delivery modes: Metropolitan in-class mentoring and regional online eMentoring. Through weekly interactions, mentors help to:
- increase student engagement in science and mathematics
- enhance understanding of content and dispel common misconceptions
- break down stereotypes and provide a human face for science and maths; and
- build students’ own aspirations for STEM studies and careers