Promoting secondary students in science studies
Dr Bridie Scott-Parker, Dr Tamara Sysak and Ms Jeanne Dayton lead The Growing Tall Poppies Program which aims to increase the number of secondary students, particularly girls, who study sciences in Year 11 and 12.
Involving students in genuine research in authentic learning environments supports them to develop both the knowledge and tools to identify their goals for the future while inspiring them to succeed with their studies at a high level in the following years.
This will also enable students to develop the foundation for successful transition into their future tertiary studies and broader community.
In 2016, four female Year 10 science students from Immanuel Lutheran College worked alongside the Adolescent Risk Research Unit team to develop their own research project - “Adolescent Cyclist Helmet Safety”. The students presented their research findings at their school during science week.
They said they found the experience to be rewarding while broadening their perspective on science.
The girls plan to promote the program in their school for the following year’s intake.