Faculty Advisor

Bunting, Andrea

Faculty Advisor

Golding, Dominic


Melbourne, Australia


In the past 20 years, Australian students have become troublingly disinterested in science and science-related careers. The Banksia Gardens Community Centre aims to address this issue with an in-school science education program. Utilizing the best practices in informal education, we implemented a pilot science program in three schools in Hume City, and left Banksia with a suite of activities and supporting materials for use in future programs. From our analysis of the pilot program, we concluded that hands-on activities are effective for engaging students, and that the pilot program was successful at cultivating their science interest. We recommend that educators develop these inquiry-based methods, and utilize similar outreach programs to encourage an interest in science.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia