18 September, 2017
Thanks to Scitech's CSIRO Lab Workshops, a newfound passion for STEM has helped one student break out of his shell and reach new academic heights.
Scitech's popular CSIRO Lab Workshops are renowned for being an exciting way to engage in hands-on real-life science.
Single workshops are run throughout the school holidays, while kids can also sign up to weekly series during the school term.
Recently, the workshops have proven to have a long-lasting positive effect on the confidence and academic ability of participants.
Mount Nasura resident Taneall Beattie registered her son Jayden for an eight-week series exploring Kinetic Machines, and said she was grateful he had been involved.
"Since my son Jayden started taking part in the hands-on series, his confidence and enthusiasm has grown, and now he's been put up a science level at school," Ms Beattie said.
CSIRO Lab Manager Claire Pannell said Jayden's transformation had been incredible, and was just one example of how the activities in the lab could benefit children.
"I'm very proud of Jayden because he was very shy when he first started coming, but not anymore," Ms Pannell said.
Scitech's CSIRO Lab Workshops cater to students aged from 4 - 16 years old, and cover a vast variety ot topics that are continuously updating.
During the October school holidays, the CSIRO Lab has also introduced a STEM girls series, specifically to engage more girls in the lab.
"Most of our STEM workshops are available for girls and boys to work together and share a passion for STEM, but this year we have added a range of girls-only sessions as research shows some girls and young women become more engaged with STEM when single-gender classes are offered," Ms Pannel said.
Limited spaces are still available for the September October school holidays and Term 4 CSIRO Lab Workshops.