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NYSF National Science Teachers Summer School (NSTSS)

High School Science Teachers

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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 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) has been delivered the NSTSS in Canberra for more than fifteen years, and in 2018 ran the inaugural NSTSS Brisbane program in collaboration with the University of Queensland.

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 and reach their full potential.

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.

Further Details

Location: In 2019, the NYSF will run two NSTSS programs :

  • NSTSS Canberra will be based at the Australian National University (ANU)
    • Monday 7 January – Friday 11 January 2019
  • NSTSS Brisbane will be based at the University of Queensland (UQ)
    • Monday 14 January – Friday 18 January 2019.

Application Dates: Registration for NSTSS programs will open later in 2018.

Cost: TBA

Who can apply: Experienced and new science teachers at secondary and senior secondary schools across Australia

More information: To register your interest please contact us

Program Highlights – Canberra:

Research Institutions: ANU research labs, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia

Iconic places: Mt. Stromlo Observatory, Parliament House, National Museum of Australia

Expert sessions: Science by Doing – designed for hands on learning

CERN – discussions on particle physics

Astronomy – learn about and observe the cosmos


Program Highlights – Brisbane:

Research Institutions: University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University

Iconic places: Queensland Museum and Science Centre, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Daisy Hill Koala Conservation Centre, XXXX Brewery, Mt Coot-tha summit

Expert sessions: Workshops and research institutions


Attending the NSTSS definitely reinvigorated my love for and faith in science.

— Cornelia Cefai, NSTSS 2017 Participant