In2science is extremely proud of the outstanding young university students who volunteer to mentor high school science and maths students. Their enthusiasm is infectious and the talent and abilities they bring to the program are the reason In2science has such a positive impact on all who participate. In this issue we profile three of our wonderful mentors. Please allow us to introduce you to Chloe, Dalton and Lachlan.
As a young woman on the Autism spectrum, Chloe has been mentoring other young people on the spectrum for the past 3 years. This has fostered a passion for inspiring other young people about things that matter – a perfect match for In2science!
Chloe is enrolled in a Bachelor of Environmental Science at RMIT. Her subjects focus on ecology, land management and GIS technology and she aspires to work as an ecological advisor on land management and development projects, providing an ecological conservation spin on the development of new suburbs.
Chloe wants to share her passion for fixing environmental problems and inspire other students to develop and apply their passions to do the same. After all, the world needs environmental problem solvers now more than ever.
Dalton has been mentoring a pre-VCE Physics class at Mount Alexander College throughout all of 2018. This year, Dalton has organised the class to visit The University of Melbourne Physics Museum. He has taken in equipment from his Physics major in the Bachelor of Science to demonstrate quantum field theory.
But most of all Dalton has enjoyed presenting some alternative discussions with students to extend their interest in studying Physics.
What does Dalton love most about Physics? Well it’s the elegance and power of mathematics applied to the natural world. Allowing us to explore our world with pure elegant logic, not influenced by experience or sensation.
Lachlan is a 3rd year Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) student at Swinburne University of Technology. He has always been curious, loving to question how everything works. Now completing his 3rd In2science placement, Lachlan loves that being an In2science mentor gives him the opportunity to get students asking their own questions about the world.
For Lachlan, a recent mentoring highlight was using his experience of volunteering for a Power of Engineering/Engineers Without Borders (EWB) regional roadshow to run an EWB workshop on clean water solutions with his Year 8 Science class at Rowville Secondary College.
Lachlan plans to continue volunteering with In2science for as long as possible, using what he learns to develop his own capacities and give back to the students he mentors.
Stay tuned for more mentor profiles in the October issue!