MyScience is a primary school science and technology program providing support through the establishment of a sustainable model of collaboration between schools, industry/business and university sectors. It aims to stimulate interest and enhance capacities of primary science teachers and students in conducting authentic scientific investigations.
Concept, design, content and delivery
This is a pioneering initiative to bring together a range of key aspects of exemplary primary science and technology education into a profoundly integrated program. The five critical elements comprising MyScience, drawn from extensive research and experience are:
- Collaborative professional learning for primary teachers
- Clear achievement criteria
- Supporting students to investigate scientifically
- Scientists mentoring students
- Celebrating achievement
Scientist mentors are sourced from the school's local community, where possible. An aim of MyScience is to sustainably position schools with a network of scientists from their local communities.
MyScience is designed to:
- support a move from structured to open-ended experiences in science and technology
- support students to collaborate in groups and to select areas of personal interest for scientific investigations
- strengthen links and learning between primary and secondary schools by training Year 9/10 students as a MyScience Trainee in the classroom (or MySTic), who benefit from interaction with enthusiastic scientists and explaining science concepts to younger students,
- encourage school community involvement and awareness of the importance of science education through long-term partnerships with local scientists, local science and technology-based industry and parents,
- inspire students to consider careers in science, technology and engineering, and
- gather and analyse quantitative and qualitative research data to monitor affective outcomes of students, teachers and other participants as they engage in science and technology activities.