During Andrew Gray’s efforts in setting up BioQuisitive, he realised a large amount of old but otherwise high-quality scientific equipment was being consigned to landfill from professional laboratories. Joining forces with Samuel Wines, the Phoenix School Program was born. Within a month, they had already diverted over $100,000 in donated equipment from the tip to a redistribution facility. The donated equipment is now destined to be repurposed at low-socioeconomic high schools and their students to foster their science education. Samuel’s vision for the program is to create an online portal that, in addition to an inventory of lab equipment on offer for schools, showcases citizen science projects, STEM-based jobs and businesses available for the next generation of scientists. Partnering with programs such as BioQuisitive and Science for All, they will encourage students to participate in curriculum-mapped citizen science projects to work directly with scientists.
Our pilot program will assist four Victorian, science-qualified migrants to tell their migration story while developing a science show that is both engaging and suitable for Victorian schools. We will train you to deliver it, and then help market it to schools through Cultural Infusion’s Schools Program.
Led by microbiologist Dr Gregory Crocetti and visual artist Briony Barr from the Scale Free Network, our young scientists were given a lively, interactive introduction to the ecology of microscopic life.
The Royal Society of Victoria gratefully joins forces with Melbourne-based science fiction author Lee S. Hawke to raise $4,000 in support of our Victorian science awards, outreach and public lecture program – and for local science fiction!