Ten upper primary school students from a number of the Mallee Track Cluster are involved in an exciting partnership project with the State Library of Victoria.
As one Researcher shared:
“I was bewildered because I never in a million years thought that I would selected, partly because I had to write my application over a very, very short period of time. My friend and I were both speechless. I hope to be able to teach the other young Indigenous students about indigenous history. If I was able to do this it would be a dream come true.”
The Young Researcher Fellowships program aims to:
- provide an authentic research opportunity for selected Victorian students, supported by the Library’s experts and Education team;
- build the capacity of teachers working with gifted and talented students;
- develop ongoing relationships between the Library, participating schools, students and teachers, and local cultural organisations.
- participate in an engaging online learning program designed and facilitated by the Library’s Education team;
- have exclusive opportunities to access the Library’s vast collection, expert staff and services;
- have opportunities to connect and collaborate with local cultural organisations;
- visit State Library Victoria twice during 2016;
- research a topic they are passionate about and connect it to the Library’s collections;
- publish their research and share with State Library Victoria and their local library.
The ten students have the opportunity to research a topic of their own choice, and the group has identified topics such as indigenous history of the area, family history, Australian explorers, cancer services in the Mallee, the history of Chinkapook (where???), the fauna of the Mallee, the history of reptiles in the Mallee, space and the night sky, and many more.
All engaging topics that not only young people within the Mallee will be interested in, but also their families and communities, and also the State Library.
The group of Research Fellows came together with staff from the State Library recently to get more information on this exciting project and to develop links with the library staff who will assist them in their project.
The State Library will support these lucky students through access to the extensive library resources; support them in their projects both on line and face to face; and provide valuable professional development and resources for the students teachers.
The ten students will also have the opportunity to visit the State Library and see what resources area available and how they can use it.
“I felt really nervous and excited at the same time. I couldn’t believe that I was actually going to the State library. I had always dreamed of coming and seeing what it is like. Thank you for this opportunity!
[I hope the Fellowship will] hopefully make me famous, and much more. I would love to get my work published.”
For more detail on the project click on: Young Researcher Fellowships.