The Education Lab is an evolving support network for Learning Mentors (tutors) dedicated to breaking down the barriers for High School STEM students (WACE and non-WACE). These barriers include financial, distance and social capital (networking and community access). For just $5 a semester, this an open source grass roots program that can be adopted in any community by any individual. Our vision is to inspire and reinforce the desire to learn in students of Science and Math.
Location: University of Western Australia
Our sessions provide academic support for high school students in STEM (WACE and non-WACE) and a chance to get involved with hands on science! We operate as a learning community and we encourage students to take initiative in their own learning.
HOW DO THE SESSIONS RUN?
We operate as a learning community and we encourage students to take initiative in their own learning. We do not run classes or provide additional questions. Our Learning Mentors are not tutors, and thus won’t know every answer, but they can show how to figure it out. This program is open to students from year 7 to year 12. Parents can drop off students and pick them at the end of the session. Students are encouraged to bring along something to work on and any questions they may have. Devices are welcome, we have access to WiFi and a selection of kindly donated high school level textbooks.
WHO ARE THE LEARNING MENTORS?
The Learning Mentors come from a range of STEM backgrounds and include both University students and Graduates. They volunteer for the Education Lab because they believe all students regardless of the socioeconomic status or ability should have access to educational support. All Learning Mentors have a current Working With Childrens Check.
HOW DO I GET TO UWA?
WHO RUNS THE EDUCATION LAB?
Currently there is only one chapter of the Education Lab run at UWA as an official affiliated UWA club. The UWA chapter is run by UWA students and supported by UWA Faculty of Science staff.
MY CHILD DIDN’T GET THE SUBJECT SUPPORT THEY NEEDED- WHY?
This is a volunteer run program led by passionate STEM university students who want to do some good. While we make every effort to have a range of STEM subject mentors at every session, sometimes things fall through! We appreciate your understanding.