There are many other programs that allow teachers, students and scientists to work together. Interested teachers and scientists might like to join one of these programs as well as, or instead of, joining Scientists in Schools. Some programs are national, and others focus on a particular area or group of participants.
CREativity in Science and Technology (CREST) students (primary and secondary) undertake real-life open-ended science and technology research projects. At higher levels of the program links are made with industry or community workers for students to gain a new understanding of the role of science and engineering in the community.
Base: CSIRO Education
Contact: Vicki Stavropoulos, National CREST Coordinator
Phone: 1800 626 646
Fax: 02 6276 6641
Engineers Without Borders
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) works in partnership with developing communities both within Australia and overseas, assisting them to gain access to the knowledge, resources and appropriate technologies they need to improve their livelihoods. EWB also aims to educate Australian engineers and the wider community on issues of sustainable development, appropriate technology, poverty and the plight of disadvantaged people around the world. EWB was created in 2003 out of the passion of young engineers who wanted to make a difference using their engineering skills and resources.
Coverage: Education program activities in ACT, NSW, SA, QLD, VIC, WA. Offices in VIC, QLD and WA
Contact: Dan Loden, EWB Education Officer
Phone: 08 6488 8039
Revive our Wetlands
Schools that are part of Revive School Projects receive up to five days of practical assistance from a team from Conservation Volunteers Australia to help make their wetland project a reality.
Base: Conservation Volunteers Australia
Contact: Sarah Brittle, National Revive Manager
Phone: 02 6247 7770
Tall Poppy Campaign
The Tall Poppy Campaign aims to recognise Australia’s high achievers in the sciences and to encourage young people to follow in their footsteps. The Campaign is a project of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, and annually awards a small number of early career scientists ‘Young Tall Poppy Awards’. These scientists engage in education programs (including visits to schools and science-themed seminars) to encourage school students to choose scientific subjects at a senior level and to excel in these.
Coverage:Education program activities in ACT, NSW, SA, QLD, VIC, WA. Campaign offices in NSW, SA & VIC.
Base: Australian Institute of Policy & Science
Contact: Camille Thompson, Campaign Manager
Phone: 02 9351 0818
Fax: 02 9810 2406
Science on the Go
Undergraduate science and education students from Griffith University provide primary and secondary school staff and students access programs such as workshops, professional development, class visits, science shows and other opportunities.
Coverage: Gold Coast area, Queensland
Base: Griffith University
Contact: A/Prof Richard John
Phone: 07 5552 8532
Fax: 07 5552 8226
Aims to interest students in science, to encourage them to study science at university and to consider a career in the primary industries. It targets science teachers and secondary students with the ability and enthusiasm for science.
Base: Riverland Horticultural Council
Contact: Peter Haines, Science Education Officer
Phone: 08 85413743
Mobile: 0429 231946
Fax: 08 8582 3503
Young Tassie Scientists
During National Science Week in August, early career researchers visit primary and secondary schools around Tasmania, presenting short talks and activities linked to their research. Find out what it’s really like to work as a scientist!
Base: University of Tasmania, Hobart
Contact: Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology, University of Tasmania
Phone: 02 6226 2125
In2Science - Peer Mentoring in Schools Program
This program offers second year and above science students the opportunity to volunteer as science mentors in secondary schools for about 1-2 hours per week over a school term.
Base: Monash University, La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne, RMIT, Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Ballarat
Contact: Megan Mundy, In2science Program Manager
Phone: 03 9479 2523
A secondary teacher's enrichment program providing science teachers with funded access to professional development, supported by exciting new curriculum resources and opportunities for interaction with leading scientists, science educators and multimedia developers.
Base: UWA (joint program with the Western Australian Department of Education and Training)
Contact: SPICE Coordinator
Phone: 08 6488 3917
Fax: 08 6488 1039