Sci-Fly STEM Outreach

The long-term goal of Sci-Fly STEM Outreach, is to provide an Airborne Education Outreach Program - providing exciting, informative and most importantly inspirational experiences for children and young adults who, due to their *rural location, would otherwise be unlikely to have such opportunities.

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Working with Women in Aviation International - Australian Chapter & using the established and proven Growing Tall Poppies Science Program pedagogy to inspire and enthuse coming generations with a boundless curiosity, and love for Science and discovery.

*We also cater for schools in Melbourne metropolitan areas - Science for all!

We aim to achieve this by:

  • Using the established and proven Growing Tall Poppies framework to increase the number of students continuing in STEM to Y12

  • A focus on encouraging and inspiring under-represented groups (in particular girls and students in regional locations)

  • Providing free educational material via Women in Aviation International

  • Offering aviation school visits, teaching Physics through flight

  • Delivering school holiday programs and hanger tours at participating flying schools

The critical pillars underpinning this objective are:

  1. The indisputable relevance of Physics to real life

  2. Stereotypes are old fashioned and reality is rapidly changing

  3. Physics is no more difficult than any other STEM subject, it is achievable for everyone

  4. The skills developed through studying Physics opens up a huge array of opportunities… including Aviation! 

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Sci-Fly STEM Outreach is based in Melbourne, but when you look at a map of Australia, you can see not only what a huge expanse of land it is, but also that all of the capital cities are situated on the coast. Locations outside of this narrow band are all classed as rural, regional or remote, and Australia is a BIG country! According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics over two thirds of the population live in the capital cities, leaving a whopping one third of the population living outside major metropolitan centres.

Due to this huge expanse, many schools in regional areas and outback locations do not get access to the same educational opportunities that most city students take for granted. This means that these children are disadvantaged simply because of where they live!

Filling positions for teachers in these areas is also challenging for the education department, as they struggle to get qualified teachers to relocate to remote locations. STEM subjects in particular present an even greater challenge, due to the specialisation of the field. In response to this need digital online STEM classrooms have already brought engaging and contextual science to rural students, but to have a visiting scientist, fly out to them, teach, engage and inspire is an incredibly powerful and innovative development.

In an ever increasing global community, location should not be a limiting factor on the opportunity for scientists to share and inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams, “to inculcate the coming generations with an enthusiasm for the wonder, beauty and endless potential of Science” (Ian Chubb, former Australian Chief Scientist).