Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools is a national volunteer program bringing real science, mathematics and ICT into the classroom through ongoing flexible partnerships between teachers (K-12) and scientists, mathematicians and ICT professionals.
Through SMiS partnerships, teachers and students engage with scientists, mathematicians and ICT professionals (STEM professionals) in their classroom. Together the partners share enthusiasm, expertise, and knowledge to enhance science, maths and ICT teaching practices.
Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools involves:
- teachers (K-12) from schools across Australia
- scientists, mathematicians, ICT professionals covering a broad range of disciplines across a variety of organisations
- no fee to participate
- support from an experienced SMiS team
- partnership customisation to suit partners
- ongoing commitment with a minimum requirement of one partnership activity per year
- sharing with other participants at events or online.
Benefits of SMiS
- Teaches critical thinking to students – a life skill beyond the classroom.
- Supports the Australian Curriculum.
- Scientists, mathematicians and ICT professionals reflect on their own work as they explain it to students.
- Alerts students to career options in science, mathematics and ICT.
Interested? Here’s how to get involved
- Choose which element you prefer:
- Scientists in Schools
- Mathematicians in Schools
- ICT in Schools – a partnership program.
- Register for the SMiS element you're interested in.
Once your registration is complete, our project officers find a suitable partner based on your preferences. Together you and your partner customise your partnership model.
Periodically, our SMiS team will check in, offering support to your partnership.
Popular SMiS partnership models include:
- presenting hands-on demonstrations
- mentoring students
- site visits or field trips
- running a science fair
- working on long-term projects
- discussing careers and 'hot topics' in current research.
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