Helping students with a practical classIn2science mentors are placed in secondary school science and mathematics classes over a 10 week placement each semester.

 

In2science offers two delivery methods, in which mentors share their own experiences and motivations for studying at university, and help relate school work with real-world examples.

 

Mentors visit low SES metropolitan schools for one class per week over a 10-week period, in which they work with year 8 and 9 students in science and maths classes.  The mentors are trained volunteer undergraduate university students who assist by helping with practical classes and coursework and act as role models for pursuing further studies in STEM areas.  This in-person mentoring is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Australian Maths and Science Partnership Program (AMSPP).

 

Benefits for secondary science and maths students:

  • opportunity to meet positive role models in science and maths;
  • a new dimension and interest to study science and maths;
  • additional support with work and more individual attention;
  • improved oral communication skills by explaining to mentors tasks and thinking;
  • improved academic performance though additional support and understanding;
  • stimulation to go on to further education.
Benefits for teachers:

  • free classroom assistance and support;
  • more freedom to manage the learning environment;
  • lessons can be more enjoyable and easier to handle;
  • improved opportunities for oral work and efficient learning;
  • opportunities for excursions to partner universities;
  • opportunity to learn about university students and courses;
  • opportunity to discuss the latest issues in science, engineering and mathematics;
  • opportunity to establish links with university colleges/faculties of science and engineering.  
eMentoring for regional and remote schools is an innovative online mentoring program that connects secondary students in regional and rural Victoria with volunteer eMentors studying STEM courses at university. Mentors and students meet online via a customised platform that allows them to share resources and interact via audio, video, and chat. The In2science eMentoring program aims to inspire, motivate and mentor regional and rural students interested in studying STEM to year 12 and beyond.

 

Benefits for secondary science and maths students:

  • become independent learners and improve study skills with the confidence to embrace their future and passion, regardless of location;
  • have a greater appreciation for the problem solving skills that rely on science and maths in everyday life applications;
  • have an increased awareness of the impact science and maths may have on their own future career aspirations;
  • improve their own outcomes in science and maths;
  • develop a greater appreciation and interest in studying science and maths subjects to year 12 and beyond.
Benefits for teachers:

  • provide extra motivation for engaged students to continue performing well in science or mathematics;
  • benefit from subject specialties of mentors;
  • opportunities to further learn about university studies and courses;
  • have the chance to discuss the latest issues in science;
  • have the chance to gain some subject specific professional development;
  • opportunities to make links with the university science faculties.

 


 

Contact us

If you would like to be involved in the In2science program, please contact Joanna Oreo, In2science Program Manager.