Scientists in Schools began in July 2007 as a six-month pilot project funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Currently the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) program is funded by the Australian Government and CSIRO, and managed by CSIRO.
Since 2007, four independent evaluations have been carried out and the findings of all these evaluations were overwhelmingly positive, with clear benefits to students, teachers and scientists.
The most recent report, Building Productive Partnerships for STEM Education: Evaluating the model and outcomes of the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program 2015, shows clearly that SMiS is a highly effective program in terms of the scale of its operation as a significant part of the Australian science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education scene, the multiple significant benefits for students, teachers and STEM professionals, and the clear return on investment of resources.
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