In2science places university students as ‘peer mentors’ to inspire secondary students to pursue further STEM studies.
Enthusiastic peer mentors volunteer over a placement of 10 weekly visits each semester to build meaningful relationships with secondary teachers and their students. Mentors currently studying university science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), act as role models to encourage secondary students from lower socio-economic backgrounds to pursue university study, and to see the relevance of STEM in their lives.
The program aims to improve school students’ aspirations in science and mathematics via two delivery modes: In-class mentoring and online eMentoring. Through these weekly interactions, mentors help increase student engagement in science and mathematics through exploring pathways, understandings and aspirations in learning and career choices relating to STEM. This provides a human face for science, dispels misconceptions and encourages secondary students to continue into higher education.
In2science creates collaborative partnerships between universities and schools that facilitate meaningful relationships between university students, teachers and school students over the 10 week placement.