Scientists in Schools

Portable partnerships

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  • Isabelle Roberts, Loreto College, Marryatville, SA
  • Simona Carbone, Centre for Neuroscience, Flinders University
  • Nigel Dobson-Keeffe, Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)

Flexibility is a key feature of Scientists in Schools. As well as deciding what to do and when to do it, the partners have the flexibility to take their partnership with them when they move schools or organisations.

Nigel shares his passion for science

Isabelle knows this first hand. While working at the Good Shepherd Lutheran School, she began her partnerships with Nigel and Simona. Here Nigel used his experience to guide Year 7 students with preparing their entries for the state-based Oliphant Science Awards, while Simona investigated senses with Year 2.

When Isabelle moved to Loreto College she
was able to transfer both her partnerships
along with her. Simona, a former Loreto
student, has enjoyed working across a range
of classes from Year 1 to Year 11. She
took an innovative approach bringing historical scientific instruments in for a history unit.

"The students teach me to look at scientific
concepts from a different point of view.
Developing methods to explain difficult
ideas in a simplistic way has enhanced my
understanding of these ideas," explained

The magic of dry ice
Investigating pond organisms Simona introducing Isabelle to the art of dissection

After a visit to Flinders University, Isabelle summed up her involvement in the program, "Who would have thought that an Arts-based primary school teacher could ever become totally engrossed in the world of science?"