STEM Success
Posted: 22-May-2019

Science Expo Huge Success

On Friday 17th May, 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 ninth year, this event promoted careers in Science, Technology, Allied Health, Medicine, Engineering and Maths (STEM) amongst the student body.

Members of the Ballarat community, past students and parents of Damascus College who work in the STEM area were invited back to speak and inspire students about their occupation.

Each student had the opportunity to speed date 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 exposed students to careers in Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, Maths, Environmental Science, Technology, Physics and Psychology.

“It was 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.”

This year we welcomed speakers who are Civil and Mechanical Engineers, Nurses, Midwives, Research Technicians, Food Scientists, Geologists, Psychologists, Renewable Energy Specialists, Principal Analysts and University students in the following fields: Biomedical Science, Environmental Engineering, Engineering, Psychology, Optometry, Science, Medicine, Sports Engineering and Biomechanics.

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