Passion for Science

Each year, Year 10 students from regional Victoria visit John Monash Science School in Melbourne for an immersive science experience

Held annually, the John Monash Science School Regional Science Exchange invites Year 10 students with a passion for science from regional Victorian schools to join them for an immersive three-week block.

Participating students attend classes with JMSS students, visit Monash University for science workshops and to experience Melbourne, something they may not have had the chance to do previously.

The curriculum at John Monash Science School challenges students to explore cutting-edge scientific knowledge in an engaging teaching and learning environment, including opportunities to participate in emerging science electives developed in partnership with Monash University.
In addition to study-related opportunities, students also have the opportunity to explore Melbourne’s diverse cultural and sporting landscape through curated excursions and guided weekend activities — forming a holistic school/life experience.

The Regional Science Exchange is also designed to give students exposure to the Monash University campus and facilities, helping to prepare them for the transition to university and further study at the end of the secondary years of schooling.

Students live with JMSS families during the duration of their stay, and they are allocated a buddy, house and mentor group, thus increasing the bond with the school and JMSS students.
“We have found that all students leave JMSS with a fresh approach to their studies, knowing different options within science and maths, all while making lifelong friends,” says the school. “The exchange brings the whole school community closer, with the homestays, the teaching staff and the rural families.”

All students are invited back to JMSS in November to present their project at the Australian Science Fair. Students work on their project and findings throughout the year with their teacher back home.

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

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Victoria’s first specialist senior secondary school for science, mathematics and associated technologies, JMSS was formed in 2010 as the result […]

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