Inspiring the next generation of scientists
Dr Hamish Innes-Brown, one of the Institute’s researchers taking part in this pilot program.
Over the next 12 months, two Bionics Institute researchers and a science teacher from a Victorian secondary school will be working toward bringing real-world science to the classroom.
Through the Business Working with Education Foundation the Institute is taking part in a state-wide pilot program that matches secondary school teachers with scientists to build a project and curriculum for students that will engage them in science and maths in an authentic way.
The aim of the program is to improve the culture of maths and science teaching in schools and in turn obtain greater involvement and enthusiasm from students. An alarming and sustained trend in Australia is that fewer students are studying science and maths at university level. This pilot project hopes to correct some of this imbalance.
Hamish Innes-Brown, one of the researchers involved, said,
“We are working with a very enthusiastic teacher and we have already put together some initial plans for a great hands-on activity for students. This is great fun for us and I think the students will get something meaningful and practical out of it as well. The hearing based concept we are looking at will give the teenagers a realistic application of science, which is what they need to encourage them to consider science and maths at university.”