Jake, who joined IGS in Year 5, really enjoys his Extension 2 Mathematics studies and practising the drums at school.
“I love STEM subjects because I believe that they allow students to improve their critical thinking skills, and engage in the technological world around them, through which they can understand their applications in real world settings,” he said.
“I have found that in pursuing harder level mathematics and science subjects throughout my time at IGS, I have seen improvements in my marks in other subjects, and I have enjoyed the process.
“I have decided to mentor younger students, along with some of my peers in Years 11 and 12, in order to provide a new avenue for younger students to interact with older students, with the goal of trying to help them with their homework and assignments for STEM subjects.
“Many younger students are apprehensive about pursuing STEM subjects in Years 11 and 12, which primarily stems from a lack of confidence and a feeling of inadequacy that they are not smart enough to take part.”
Jake and fellow mentors strongly believe that “all students are capable of improving their mathematical and scientific skills; as long as they act curiously and engage in the learning process”.
“One of my goals in becoming STEM leader was to focus on the engaging ‘peer-to-peer’ learning process.”
The program, which began last term, will take place again on the upper level of the Bibliothèque (Level 2 of the Reg St Leon Building) from Week 2 of Term 3 from 4pm to 5pm on Mondays and Thursdays.
All students in Years 7 to 10 are warmly invited to take part.