There is a wide and diverse range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs and resources available to schools, many with similar aims and aspirations to Wonder of Science.
In Queensland, the Wonder of Science Program is collaborating with the following programs:
Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation with 10 years’ experience in creating systemic change through humanitarian engineering. Part of our work involves educating and training Australian students, engineers and the wider community on issues including sustainable development, appropriate technology, poverty, and the power of humanitarian engineering.
The Queensland Region of EWB has been working with Wonder of Science to support and mentor students undertaking the Wonder of Science program in the Torres Strait. In 2013, our volunteer Engineers in Brisbane used Skype to communicate with students, providing technical advice and assistance with presentation of their projects. In 2014, EWB plan to continue supporting Wonder of Science by developing mentoring relationships with students in other regions and providing technical input to assist in the implementation of Wonder of Science across Queensland.
CSIRO Education’s Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) matches volunteer scientists and mathematicians with teachers to form ongoing tailored partnerships in schools. The partnerships bring the practice of real world science and maths into the classroom, enrich the delivery of the curriculum and enthuse students and teachers about these subjects.
SMiS complements Wonder of Science by providing further opportunities and support for young scientists to volunteer in Australian schools. This is a great opportunity for scientists to engage with the community, to make a difference to science education and to inspire a new generation of researchers.
See www.scientistsinschools.edu.au for more details and to register as a teacher, mathematician or scientist.