Young Science Ambassadors
Say hello to the Young Science Ambassadors: our next generation researchers
From Young Science Ambassador to successful secondary science teacher!
Former Wonder of Science Young Science Ambassador, Mick Ellison tells his story from Wonder of Science to teaching science.
I became a Young Science Ambassador in 2015 and had so many fantastic experiences with Wonder of Science, particularly in rural and remote settings like Mackay and Hughenden secondary schools. I loved seeing students realise that Science is a very broad discipline and that there are numerous paths and science opportunities within Australia and globally.
I have been around Science and Teaching all my life so it was a very easy step to take when the funding and research opportunities in renewable ad sustainable technologies become non-existent. I taught/lectured/tutored at JCU over the 11 years I was there in some capacity (student to full-time employee to post-graduate student) or another and I have always enjoyed teaching people, I guess it’s in my blood. I get joy out of helping others learn and being all they can be.
I really enjoy secondary teaching, it is a great fit for me, I teach Maths, Science, Philosophy and Digital Technologies, which are all ideas/subjects and are filled with content that I am extremely passionate about and interested in. I will be attending the Queensland Education Leadership Institute this year and upskilling my Physics skill set so I can teach senior Biology and Physics in the future.
"Being a part of Wonder of Science really inspired me as it gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of great teachers who had their student’s best interests at heart."
The Young Science Ambassadors are an integral aspect of Wonder of Science.
The Ambassadors are selected PhD candidates or early career researchers from leading Queensland universities. They are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate science communicators, which enables them to mentor both students and teachers.The ambassadors are excellent role models who often build lasting relationships with schools and communities.
The YSAs visit participating schools, work with students on their challenge tasks and support them with the development of their science projects. Even classes that are not participating in the program, may also benefit from Ambassador visits to their schools.The Ambassadors provide presentations and science activities as part of their work in schools.