Are you a student in high-school or university looking to extend yourself beyond the classroom? Do you want to get involved with innovative science outreach programs that challenge you to get your hands dirty in hands-on activities?

Are you a primary or secondary school teacher looking for activities, opportunities and events to compliment your school’s curriculum? Are you a parent looking to enrich your child’s learning experiences with extra-curricular programs?

YSA Melbourne have compiled a handy list of programs that may be of interest to you. Be advised that this is not a definite list of all programs available, but is intended to spark your curiosity and help begin your search for science outreach programs.

For more information, you can follow the links below. For more general information please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Science Engagements Officer at

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Programs for Secondary School Students

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience (TCSE)
TCSE is an exciting science program, where students are introduced to the joys of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at university level, meeting like-minded people, and are introduced to a university environment under the guidance of accomplished scientists and enthusiastic university students.

: Years 9-10
Time: This program is held at various times and universities around Australia – see the website for more info.

YSA TCSE Staffies
YSA TCSE staff members, or “Staffies” as they are affectionately known, are YSA members who act as mentors and chaperones to TCSE program participants. Staffies are based at a scout hall over the duration of the program, and gain valuable science communication experience, skills in a wide range of aspects such as leadership, and also form strong bonds with new friends and create a wide network of like-minded individuals.

Audience: Ages 16-25
Organised by YSA. For more information contact


Youth ANZAAS is an annual residential international forum for science students in Years 10 to 12. Every year, students from each Australian State and Territory and also New Zealand are selected to participate in science activities and experiences over a week. Behind-the-scenes tours, lectures with leading scientists, hands-on research, and cutting edge technology – all this and more awaits you at Youth ANZAAS!

Audience: Years 10-12
: Annual, Early July

The Field Trip: Journeys Into Science

YSA Melbourne, The Royal Society of Victoria, and The Field Trip have joined forces to coordinate young people aged 18-24 to lead a weekly program for younger kids aged 10-17 focusing specifically on journeys in science, starting Sunday July 17th. The aim of the program is to empower young people to be our next generation of thinkers, innovators, inventors, dreamers, doers, leaders and scientists.

Audience: Ages 10-17
: Pilot program running in term 3, 2016. Weekly sessions are held at the Royal Society of Victoria every Sunday 3:30-5pm.

National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is an Australian program dedicated to exposing year eleven students who are heading into year twelve and are thinking about a career in science, engineering and related disciplines to major scientific institutions and researchers, so that they may make more informed choices for their future endeavours. They are also given training in time management, interview skills and public speaking. The most important aspect coming from the NYSF is a network of friends, colleagues and support groups throughout Australia, which will be of value to participants for the whole of their lives.

Audience: Year 11
Time: January

CSIRO Science Bootcamp
Science bootcamp is an immersive CSIRO science experience for secondary school students. The two-day program exposes secondary school-aged students to authentic scientific research in contemporary research facilities and gives the students the chance to meet and talk with CSIRO researchers. Students visit working laboratories and see the research currently being performed by scientists, researchers and technicians.

Audience: Years 8-12
Time: This program is held at twice a year in Melbourne (and in other capital cities across the year), during the January and July school holidays at CSIRO Clayton – see the website for more info.

International Science School (ISS)

The Professor Harry Messel International Science School (“ISS”) is a visionary science programme created for academically gifted high school students. The two-week fully residential curriculum is sponsored by the School of Physics through the Physics Foundation, which was established in 1954 and is dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence. The ISS has been held on the University of Sydney campus since its conception in 1962.

Applications for ISS2015 will open early in 2015.

Audience: Years 11-12
Time: July

Computer Games Boot Camp

CGBC (Computer Games Boot Camp) is a hands-on, interactive, industry engagement event. It has evolved and diversified into far more than just games, now providing presentations, workshops, industry showcases, course information, careers and pathways.

Audience: Years 9-12
Time: July

National Computer Science School

The National Computer Science School (NCSS) is a ten-day summer school for students going into years 11 and 12. NCSS brings together talented young people from around Australia for an intensive course of computer programming and website development in the School of IT at the University of Sydney.

Audience: Years 11-12
Time: Early January

Trinity Young Leaders Program – Science and Biomedicine Stream

If you are aged 14–17 and want a taste of university life, come and join the Young Leaders Programs at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne! More than 120 young people from all around the world participate in these fun and life-changing residential programs during the July and December school holidays. You will experience what life is like at university and residential college in Australia while enjoying outstanding academic and personal development opportunities.

Audience: Ages 14-17
Time: Either July or December school holidays

National Mathematics Summer School

This is a selective camp that caters for students from all over Australia who are in Year 11 in 2014 and who not only enjoy mathematics but who are also very mathematically able. It is a two-week program held at the Australian National University in Canberra in January 2015. Many enduring friendships are made on this very special summer school, now in its 47th year, and each year a few past students return to help run the program.

: Year 11
Time: Early January

Strengthening Engagement and Achievement in Mathematics and Science (SEAMS)

SEAMS aims to increase equitable participation and attainment of students in science and mathematics related disciplines in higher education, through a 3-day residential program at Monash University for Years 11 and 12 students.

Audience: Years 11 and 12
Time: January or July