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The National Science Teachers Summer School (NSTSS) is a five-day professional development program designed for secondary and senior secondary school teachers.
Attending the NSTSS offers participating teachers the opportunity to engage in a professional dialogue about teaching and learning, and to explore methods of engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) has delivered the NSTSS for more than ten years, in collaboration with The Australian National University (ANU).
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 also inspire them.
Participating teachers will take part in a variety of enquiry based workshops and activities that will allow them to explore STEM in a hands-on manner. The NSTSS program aims to bring science to life in an engaging multidisciplinary manner that can be replicated in any classroom. Teachers will be able to reflect on their own teaching methods and network with peers from across the country. The five-day program includes tailored visits to the following iconic Canberra locations:
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
Mt Stromlo Observatory
Parliament House – session with Parliamentary Education Office
National Computational Infrastructure
Laboratories and teaching facilities at Australian National University
Our program also includes a live video conference with staff at CERN, home of The Large Hadron Collider, in conjunction with the year 12 students participating in NYSF 2017.
Presenters from across the country will deliver a series of workshops and lead interactive discussions during this program that will provide participants with tangible learning experiences that they can share with colleagues on return. Presenters at the NSTSS 2017 will include:
Geoff McNamara, high school science teacher at Melrose High, ACT, winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching, co- founder of MSATT, the McNamara-Saunders Astronomical Teaching Telescope, ANU.
Dr Diana Pham, Education Officer for the CSIRO’s Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program.
Dr Joe Hope, Professor from Department of Quantum Science, Physics Education Centre, ANU.
Additional speakers and presenters will be confirmed very soon.
Comments from previous participants
“I (now) feel confident to inspire my students into the fields of science and engineering. There are so many opportunities out there and it is our role to ensure they are exposed to these fields.”
“I experienced the thrill of science and was exposed to cutting edge, real science and it was exciting. It enriched my teaching of science, giving me experiences to enrich my classroom teaching.”
A majority of the NSTSS 2017 program events have been confirmed. All registered participants will be provided with a final program in November 2016. Please note that the program is always subject to change, and the NYSF will keep participants informed of any changes.
What is the difference between the two ticket types?
There are two types of tickets offered for the NSTSS: Full Registration [Accommodation included] and Full Registration [Accommodation not included]. The Accommodation included option allows teachers to stay on the ANU campus during the program, at Ursula Hall. We recommend this option to all teachers participating in the program, as it allows them to immerse themselves in the experience and develop close bonds with their fellow participants. Each teacher will have his/her own room, and have access to separate gender, shared bathrooms. Breakfast is also included in the Accommodation Included option.
Participants who chose the Accommodation included option will check in on Sunday 8 January and check out on Saturday 14 January. More details regarding accommodation will be provided in November.
While we recommend the Accommodation included option, we understand that some teachers may prefer to stay in private accommodation and so offer the Full Registration [Accommodation not included] option. Teachers who choose this option will be granted full access to the NSTSS program; however, they will be responsible for organising their own accommodation, breakfast and transport to the ANU campus each morning and back to their private accommodation in the evening. Lunch and dinner will be included as noted in the program.
What is covered by my registration fee?
All participants will receive access to our five-day professional development program, which runs from Monday 9 January to Friday 13 January. Program-related transport from the ANU campus to various locations around Canberra is provided, as well as lunch and dinner on all program days. Participants will receive a variety of learning materials throughout the program, which will assist them when they return to the classroom. Also included in the registration fee is an invitation to the National Youth Science Forum 2017 Science Dinner, which is an exclusive formal event.
Is travel to and from Canberra included in the registration fee?
No, travel to and from Canberra is not included in either of the NSTSS registration fee options: it is the responsibility of each participant to arrange this.
When do I need to arrive in Canberra?
The NSTSS program commences on Monday 9 January, however we strongly recomend all participants arrive in Canberra before this date, to ensure they are ready for the program. If you are staying at Ursula Hall please note that check-in is available from 2pm onwards on Sunday 8 January. If you are flying into Canberra Airport, Ursula Hall is about 15 minutes away by taxi. Please note transport to and from the airport is not included in the registration fee.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The NSTSS is based on the ANU campus. Parking is fee-paid on the campus, and failure to comply with these fees could result in fines as parking inspectors are on site year round. If possible, you should arrange to be dropped off and picked up at the campus to avoid parking fees. Please refer to the ANU Transport & parking webpage for more information:
Parking is not available at Ursula Hall for those who will be staying on campus.
As noted, the NSTSS program includes visits to sites and institutions away from the ANU campus: for these all transport is provided and is included in your registration fee. Well before arriving at the NSTSS you will be sent a detailed program schedule, that will outline times and meeting points. It is the responsibility of all participating teachers to be at the designated meeting spot well before departure each morning: late arrivals may result in missing program-supplied transport. In this event you will be required to find your own way to the scheduled destination, at your own cost.
Do you have a refund policy?
A participant is able to receive a refund for the NSTSS up until 30 November each year for the following year’s program. A refund after this date cannot be guaranteed, and is at the discretion of the NYSF.
Can the registration fee be paid via invoice?
We are happy to generate an invoice for your registration fee. If you would like an invoice then please email your details to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will complete the registration process for you, before emailing you the invoice.
Is the NSTSS able to accommodate participants with special needs?
We are committed to providing an inclusive program: if you require any particular assistance in order to attend our program please contact us at email@example.com and we will ensure that the appropriate arrangements are made.