A five-day residential STEM outreach program designed to let students discover the exciting potential of STEM outside the classroom
After months of preparation it’s finally here, NYSF STEM Explorer 2018!
More than 100 students from over 60 South Australian schools arrived today for the immersive, hands on science program. Delivered in collaboration with the South Australian Department for Education, the students selected to participate in the program range from years six to nine.
In its second year, the NYSF STEM Explorer program is a five-day residential STEM outreach program designed to let students discover the exciting potential of STEM outside of the classroom. Participants do hands-on activities, visit a range of leading facilities across the Adelaide area including science labs, research and industry facilities, and take part in tasks that show them the wide range of ways that STEM occurs in our every day lives.
On day one students arrived at Mylor Adventure Camp ready for an action packed week full of science fun!
Each student was allocated a buddy and interest group and were welcomed by the group’s Youth Advisor (YA). The YA are alumni of the NYSF Year 12 Program who volunteer to assist and mentor students during the program.
Once they had settled in, Belinda Cay from Ag Communicators gave participants a few handy hints on communication skills, to assist them to become STEM Ambassadors, or even talking to the media!
In the evening students participated in a group engineering activity “Movers Challenge” where they were tasked with moving a marble as far as they could (with limited resources) without touching the floor. The activity aimed to encourage students to think laterally and work as part of a team and it also proved to be a great ice breaker!
With day one done and dusted Tuesday will ramp up with a program full of workshops, projects and STEM Visits.
Stay tuned to see what fun and action our budding new scientists will be up to in the coming days.