The value of Wonder of Science
Wonder of Science supports implementation of the Australian Curriculum for students in years 5 to 9, with schools typically engaging for one term each year. The Wonder of Science approach is based on research into the factors influencing student engagement and choice in STEM:
“Student-related factors focus around ‘Identity’ with students needing to build a perception of themselves as competent STEM practitioners (Archer et al., 2007; Tytler et al., 2008). Intricately linked to this notion of identity are factors around student achievement (Goodrum et al., 2001; Hattie, 2003; McPhan, 2008), attitudes and motivation (Lindal 2003; Lyons, 2006), and interest (Panizzon & Levins, 1997)”
Wonder of Science inspires students to engage in rigorous, real-world STEM learning and to aspire for excellence in STEM. It encourages students to consider the exciting and diverse career pathways possible through STEM. The Wonder of Science approach develops deep understanding of STEM concepts in students; promotes problem-solving skills, including critical, creative, collaborative and ethical thinking; develops the student capabilities required to achieve and succeed in a rapidly advancing and changing world; supports teacher capability for quality STEM teaching and learning. As an example of the effectiveness of Wonder of Science, Mr. James Forrest, Principal of Kimberley Park State School discusses the value and impact that Wonder of Science has brought to his school in the video above.
The power of Wonder of Science
“I just wanted to thank you for having me as an ambassador for the WoS program which is one of the most amazing experiences. I am so happy to know you and the program, which promotes the STEM culture and allows young students to communicate with PhD researchers. The visits that I have gone to were so fantastic - I saw many students who were told to think, brainstorm, and conduct scientific research and finally try to present their investigation results professionally.
What amazed me the most was that this program made the students not afraid of failure and always trying to learn new things.
It was also a great opportunity for me to view my own research from a different aspect and to see if I could explain my complicated and challenging PhD topic into very simple words, so that the students could find it interesting. Once again, thank you for making me feel happy about this and I will be delighted to be a part of the program in 2019 and the following years.”
Wonder of Science challenge tasks
Teacher unit overview + criteria sheets
Information pack + resources to get started
Two Young Science Ambassadors
Two school visits during the term
Email/phone support and guidance throughout the term
Attendance at a one-day regional student conference for a representative team from each class
Attendance at state conference for any winning team/s
How to get involved
Through generous support from partner organisations and our sponsors across Queensland, Wonder of Science is offered free of charge to Queensland schools in selected rural, regional, and remote locations.
To cater for an increased demand, Wonder of Science also offer a 'fee for service' program to schools outside catchment locations.
If you would like to get involved with Wonder of Science, please contact us and we can discuss the topics on offer for your chosen year levels and the term for your Wonder of Science implementation.
Feel free to download the school involvement form (left) when you are ready to nominate your WoS challenge task topics, and the flyer (right) for a summary of our approach and further information.