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Appointing peer STEM ambassadors in regional high schools

conference contribution
posted on 02.07.2020, 00:00 authored by Benjamin TaylorBenjamin Taylor, C-M McLean, B Weston
One of the reasons identified for the lack of low socioeconomic status (SES) students choosing to participate in a STEM course in higher education is that they lack exposure to role-models from the STEM professions. Parents and teachers of low SES students are also frequently reported to have a lack of awareness of STEM careers, causing reduced participation of low SES students in STEM courses as parents and teachers are among the most influential factors on student subject choices. We aimed to establish Peer STEM Ambassadors and study their achievements as part of creating the CQUniversity Youth STEM Academy (CYSA). There is some evidence that Peer STEM Ambassadors may be more successful in engaging their classmates in STEM and that this may have beneficial effects for the Ambassadors themselves

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Parent Title

30th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2019): Educators Becoming Agents of Change: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate

Start Page

117

End Page

122

Number of Pages

6

Start Date

08/12/2019

Finish Date

11/12/2019

ISBN-13

9781925627497

Location

Brisbane, Australia

Publisher

Australasian Association for Engineering Education

Place of Publication

Online

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

30th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference (AAEE 2019)