New CPAS program bridges science communication and science education

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Six later-year ANU science communication undergraduates have completed a three month science communication internship with the Science Department at Calwell High School, Canberra.

Pictured here (L-R) are Ellenore Koren, Satra Kien, Genevieve Crutchley, Natasha Cannistra, Nicholas Radoll and Ryan Godfrey, who successfully trialled the new science communication program in June this year.

The internships aimed to provide selected undergraduates an opportunity to showcase and develop their science communication skills within a school classroom environment, while assisting students in Years 8 and 9 with CREST projects.

It is anticipated that the internships will provide ANU students with career pathways into science education both in the formal and informal sectors.

The Calwell High School Principal and staff have expressed their commitment to further develop the partnership with ANU, and they look forward to a second round of science communication undergraduates in 2015.

The convenor of the program, CPAS Research Fellow Dr Sean Perera, envisions the internships to develop into a new science communication course, which will be recognised in the training and accreditation of Australian science teachers.

A presentation about the science communication internships at Calwell High School took place on Thursday 31 July at 5pm at CPAS.

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