More than 80 year 7 and 8 student ambassadors from 40 South Australian schools will descend on Mylor Adventure Camp for the first ever National Youth Science Forum STEM Explorer program from today.
In an Australian first, the week-long camp aims to stimulate students’ interest in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in high school and expand their understanding of employment opportunities in STEM-related industries.
Students will participate in hands on activities, problem based learning and presentations by leading scientists, technologists and engineers from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Natural Resource Management Water Testing, South Australian Aquatic Sciences, the University of Adelaide and the Waite Institute, Flinders University and the University of South Australia.
A group of youth advisers and pre-service teachers from the University of South Australia’s Education Faculty will also be present to help mentor and support student learning throughout the 5 day program.
The program is supported by funding from the National Innovation and Science Agenda and Department for Education and Child Development.
The NYSF STEM Explorer program, which is being piloted over the next 3 years, is based on the successful NYSF Year 12 Program which has been running for 35 years and is also the first phase of the DECD STEM Ambassadors project.
The DECD STEM Ambassadors program aims to facilitate students offering views, ideas and specific feedback on what effective STEM learning and teaching looks like, and use this to inform DECD’s STEM strategy.