The mentors of In2science are passionate about sharing their love of STEM. With many unable to do so in classrooms this year, we decided to find more innovative ways for these enthusiastic volunteer university students to provide a different style of science engagement to the future scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians of Melbourne.
The Content Creation Project was launched to siphon mentors’ communication skills and knowledge into free online resources that teachers and students can access at any time to enhance their learning experience.
- La Trobe University mentor Vivian has created a short video explaining the importance of blood vessels, which aligns well with the lower secondary level biological science curriculum.
- Fellow La Trobe University mentor Sarah has created a revision video for VCE Biology on DNA, RNA, transcription and translation after students highlighted it as an area of difficulty.
- RMIT University mentors David and Maggie talk through the struggles of learning from home and share tips they have found along the way.
- Engineering mentors Campbell and Julia share their experiences with 3D printing and the opportunities the technology provides.
These resources can be used to introduce a topic to students, assist their learning or provide extension to enthusiastic individuals. Vivian’s video has already been presented to a Year 8 biology class and Sarah’s revision content has been shared with regional VCE Biology In2science mentees.
The In2science Content Creation Project has enabled our mentors to produce and share inspiring STEM content that relates to their studies or personal interest. This innovative approach has enabled mentors to continue engaging with our partner schools despite the multiple transitions students have faced this year.