More Opportunities For Regional Victorian Students

Thirty students from across regional Victoria will get the opportunity to study nanoscience, stem cells and astrophysics at the state’s leading specialist school in science, maths and associated technologies.

Minister for Education James Merlino today launched the John Monash Science School’s 2016 regional science exchange program.

The annual exchange program gives Year 10 students from regional Victoria the opportunity to attend the specialist science school in Clayton for four weeks of intensive study.

Students from areas including Sunraysia, Bright, Bendigo, Morwell, Maryborough and Geelong will get the opportunity to work with other like-minded students at the John Monash Science School.

The four week program includes classes, workshops and visits to the CSIRO and Monash University, which have partnerships with the school.

158 students from 36 regional schools have taken part in the John Monash Science School exchange program since it started in 2011.

Five new schools have joined the program this year, with students from Birchip P-12, Bright P-12 College, Horsham College, Mallacoota P-12 and Matthew Flinders Girls College in Geelong now taking part.

The students complete science projects after they return to their home schools, which they present at a Science Fair in October as part of the exchange.

Schools participating in John Monash Science School’s regional science exchange program in 2016 include:

Birchip P-12, Boort District School, Bright P-12 College, Eaglehawk Secondary College, Hopetoun P-12 College, Horsham College, Kaniva College, Kurnai College (Morwell Campus), Kyneton Secondary College, Mallacoota P-12, Maryborough Education Centre, Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College, Murrayville Community College, Red Cliffs Secondary College, Rochester Secondary College, Rutherglen High School, Stawell Secondary College, Tallangatta Secondary College.

The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity to succeed. This includes targets to increase the number of students reaching the highest levels of science.

Quotes Attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“This exchange program is one of the great ways students across Victorian are being supported to develop the skills they need in science subjects to set them up for the job of the future.”

“We are building science, technology, engineering and maths skills in Victorian schools with new subjects, and more training and support for teachers.”



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