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National Science Teachers Summer School

The National Science Teachers Summer School is designed to provide teachers of science unique experiences in science and science education in order to stimulate their passion for science and, in turn, enhance their teaching of science to their students.

The NSTSS takes participants into research labs at the Australian National University (ANU) and other sites around the nation’s capital including the Mount Stromlo Observatory and CSIRO. Teachers take part in workshops, and have discussions about teaching, learning and assessment in the classroom. They also look at the range of tools available to enhance teaching practices.

Here's what some past participants have had to say about NSTSS:

"Attending sessions with the students from the NYSF was an absolute privilege. I learned so much from them. Seeing them and listening to them makes what we all do so worthwhile. I think sometimes we forget this." Karen Jared, Mt Gambier High School, SA

"As a primary teacher focusing on science and extension I now feel more confident in advising fellow staff as to how they might teach science and how I can support them to improve student outcomes." Neil Bramsen, Mt Ousley Public School, NSW

"Dr Kirk seamlessly brought to life the complexities of research, funding and science. There are many ways in which this can be brought to the classroom, from planning a unit around a relevant theme and weaving the facts into a bigger story through to using simple everyday objects to represent the models we teach. The opportunity to listen to a great science communicator and be inspired by them was priceless." Dr Paula Mills, Prince Alfred College, Kent Town, SA

"These world-recognised academic speakers were exceptionally approachable and showed a sincere willingness to help teachers with questions and points of clarification. Many also invited post Summer School contact. This offer to remain in touch was most impressive." Paolo Arman, St Aloysius College, Adelaide, SA

Teachers who are at least teaching science half-time in their school are eligible to apply. Successful applicants receive economy airfares to and from Canberra, six nights accommodation on the ANU campus, all excursion travel and most meals whilst on the NSTSS. Successful applicants are asked to contribute a $500 + GST registration fee. This amount is fully tax deductible.

NSTSS is made possible through the collaboration of the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), ANU, and NYSF. For more information please contact Vic Dobos on ceo@asta.edu.au or phone (02) 6282 9377 during office hours.


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