The National Science Teachers Summer School (NSTSS) is a five-day professional development program for experienced and new secondary science teachers from across Australia. The program is also open to High School Lab Technicians.
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) has delivered the NSTSS in Canberra for more than fifteen years, and from 2018 also ran the NSTSS program in collaboration with the University of Queensland in Brisbane.
At the NSTSS, participants will engage in a professional dialogue about teaching and learning, be exposed to cutting-edge research, and explore new methods of engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
With the focus on STEM increasing in schools across the country, the NSTSS program is an opportunity for both new and experienced teachers to hear about the most up-to-date research in these fields, equipping them with the knowledge to not just teach their students, but to inspire them.
At NYSF’s NSTSS you will:
- learn about the latest science breakthroughs in a range of subject areas, and how to communicate them to your students;
- visit world-leading research facilities at our host university campuses;
- hear from guest educator lecturers;
- discuss what works in the classroom and share experiences with peers;
- build your STEM teaching networks across the country and make new friends at a series of social events; and
- engage with Australia’s leading STEM students attending the NYSF Year 12 program, giving you an understanding of that program’s benefits.
The NSTSS is part of the NYSF’s suite of programs to inform young people about study and career pathways within STEM so they may make informed decisions about their futures.
The National Science Teachers Summer School is funded in part by a grant from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) – Inspiring a nation of scientists.
Location: In 2020, the NYSF will run two NSTSS programs :
- NSTSS Canberra will be based at the Australian National University (ANU)
- Monday 6 January – Friday 10 January 2020
- Accommodation at Burgmann College within ANU
- NSTSS Brisbane will be based at the University of Queensland (UQ)
- Monday 13 January – Friday 17 January 2020.
- Accommodation at Emmanuel College within UQ
Cost: $720 with accommodation, $470 without accommodation
Who can register: Experienced and new science teachers at secondary and senior secondary schools across Australia. High School Lab Technicians are also invited to register.
How to apply: Register for the NYSF Community by clicking HERE then follow the prompts to apply to the NSTSS 2020 program.
Program Highlights – Canberra:
Research Institutions: ANU research labs, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, Canberra Institute of Technology
Site visits: Mt. Stromlo Observatory, Jerrabomberra Wetlands
Activities:Specialist Lectures and Workshops, Optional 3 course meal at the NYSF Science Dinner with Keynote
Program Highlights – Brisbane:
Research Institutions: University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University
Site visits: Micromelon Robotics, Australian Institute of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering, Queensland Brain Institute
Activities: Specialist Lectures and Workshops, Optional 3 course meal at the NYSF Science Dinner with Keynote