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Promoting science in Uganda

With support from generous donors who give to Swinburne’s Discretion fund, Swinburne lecturer James Marshall was able to build the technology infrastructure of a Ugandan school and develop innovative online science-based learning materials. You can make a difference by making a donation to Swinburne’s Discretionary fund.

Supporting young people to aspire to a career in science is something academic James Marshall, Senior Lecturer, Bachelor of Design (Digital Media Design), is passionate about.

In 2012, James formed a partnership with the Kasese Humanist Primary School, a science-based school in Uganda. His aim was to help build the school’s technology infrastructure and develop science-based learning materials that could be shared online.

Working with industry partner, Education Networks Group, James set up a computer lab at Kasese, giving students access to computers and the internet. A year later, James began working on a project with the same school to develop a technology centre and free-thought library, supported by philanthropists Meredith Doig and Phil Randall.

This project has the potential to change children’s lives. I’m proud that Swinburne has supported this initiative.

“I had this idea that Swinburne students could create interactive, digital content for students in developing countries, which would spark their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. We decided to package this as a game and call it Science Island.

“We asked sixth-grade Kasese students to come up with over 100 STEM-based questions. Students from Swinburne’s Digital Media Design program developed interactive quizzes, animations, videos, experiments and games to address these curly science questions. The responses have been developed in collaboration with world-leading scientists from institutions including MIT, University of Cambridge and Swinburne.”

As a free, online computer game, Science Island promotes STEM learning to children globally by communicating scientific principles in a ‘cool’ and ‘scientifically accurate’ way.

Generous donations to Swinburne’s Discretion fund meant that Science Island could expand and launch globally.

“Funding from our donors enabled us to finish the game development and launch a global online portal, which will educate primary aged children around the world on a range of science principles. This project has the potential to change children’s lives. I’m proud that Swinburne has supported this initiative."

James Marshall, Senior Lecturer, Bachelor of Design (Digital Media Design)

Funding from our donors enabled us to launch a global online portal, which will educate children around the world on a range of science principles.

James Marshall, Senior Lecturer, Bachelor of Design (Digital Media Design)