OUR TOWN, OUR UNIVERSITY: Students learn to the science of teaching

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: Year nine students from Canobolas Rural Technology High School at Charles Sturt University.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: Year nine students from Canobolas Rural Technology High School at Charles Sturt University.

Twelve year 9 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Canobolas Rural Technology High School (CRTHS) have invested time at Charles Sturt University (CSU) developing their laboratory, leadership and teaching skills.

As part of the CSU Future Moves program to bring the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) to CRTHS and Glenroi Heights Public School, the students engaged in fun, hands-on science experiments with CSU staff.

Following time in the CSU labs, the Canobolas High students took their new found knowledge and enthusiasm to their own school where they became the experts teaching a lucky year seven group and visiting year six students from Glenroi Heights Public School.

The two days provided the students with a memorable, exciting and interactive first-hand experience of science and possible future careers in science.

Mrs Renae Symons, Future Moves school outreach officer for CSU, said “this is a great opportunity for the year 9 students to step up and show leadership skills and share their new science knowledge with younger students.

“It was also a fantastic transition activity for the year 6 Glenroi Heights Public School students, given many will be attending Canobolas Rural Technology High School next year."

The CRTHS students were enthusiastic about the benefits of participating in NISEP, reporting that it was “fun being in charge” and “learning new things” while coming together with their peers and “helping out the year sixes”.

In challenging themselves, the student-teachers said they had developed confidence in their ability to “speak in front of others”.