The Earthwatch Student Challenge offers 16-17 year olds the adventure of a lifetime to experience first-hand what real science is all about on a research expedition. Together with other young people from across Australia, you will spend a week living the life of a field researcher while helping protect the environment.
If you are looking at a career in the science but want to see what being a researcher is like, then Student Challenge is the perfect opportunity. You will help leading scientists uncover the answers to a range of science questions including; why Australia’s frogs are vanishing, the impact Melbourne’s changing landscape is having on freshwater turtles, and how urbanisation is affecting Melbourne’s tiniest resident, the microbat.
How will you benefit?
- Exposure to science as a potential career
- The opportunity to meet like-minded peers from around Australia
- The ability to contribute to meaningful research
- Tangible research skills, leadership techniques and providing an insight into the practical application of science
- Exposure to excellent career role models by working with some of Australia's leading research scientists
- Equipping participants with the skills to succeed in an increasingly knowledge-based society
- Important skills to succeed in an increasingly knowledge-based society
- The opportunity to develop confidence and sense of self while being part of a supportive environment and team
"I can now see science and fieldwork as much more interesting that I did previously as I really enjoyed all the hands on work and practicality of the project. Before, I never really saw science as a career option but after my experiences, I think it is a possibility." Jacqueline, Australia's Vanishing Frogs
" I really enjoyed learning about the microbats and how scientists find out about their environment and diet. How they catch them is just fascinating! I also had a great time meeting new people and having these new experiences together." Sasha, Melbourne's Microbats
"The most rewarding experience was seeing and learning about animals that I have never seen before. It was a really good hands-on experience with lots to of fun memories to take back." Sandeep, Turtles on the Move
To read more from a recent Student Challenge participant, have a read of our interview with Kimberley who joined Melbourne’s 2011 Microbats team.
How to become a Student Challenger
To join a 2012/13 Student Challenge team you can either apply for a fully funded position if you are a student who attends a public school, or contact Earthwatch if you would like to join as a paying student.
Australia’s Vanishing Frogs: December 10-16
Melbourne’s Microbats: December 10-17 & January 14-21
Turtles on the Move: December 9-15 & January 13-19
Other expedition opportunities
International Teen Teams: for individual teens to join a range of our overseas expeditions alongside other 16& 17 year olds from around the world
School groups: offer students along with their teachers to join an international expedition. These programs can be more tailored to suit the school’s needs.