On Monday May 7 all Year 9 students had the opportunity to take part in the annual STEM Expo, where they got to ‘speed date a Scientist’ at Damascus College.
Now in its eighth year, this event promotes careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) amongst the student body.
Past students and parents of Damascus College who work in the STEM industries were invited back to speak and inspire students about their occupation.
Each student participated in a speed date of six to eight scientists for 10 to 15 minutes each. Students rotated amongst speakers, where they = listened, talked, asked questions and completed a worksheet on their experience.
Ivanka Saric, Science Learning Area Leader said that this event exposes students to careers in Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, Maths, Environmental Science, Technology, Physics and Psychology.
“It is a great opportunity to introduce these disciplines to students in Year 9 so that they consider these subjects when heading in to Year 10 and VCE” she said.
“It is also fantastic to see past students return to Damascus to speak to current students about their occupation. The passion and enthusiasm they have for their job is contagious and the students walk away with a greater understanding and appreciation for these career options.”
We welcome speakers who are Nurses, Geologists, Mechanical Engineers, Science Authors, Biomedical Scientists, Civil Engineering student, Mechatronics student, Midwives, Electrical Engineers, Medical students, Biomedical Engineers, Epidemiologists, IT Researchers, Nuclear Pharmacists, Research Technicians, IT professionals and a Vet and Wildlife student.