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Scientists in Schools

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Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) is a national program managed by CSIRO on behalf of the nation. It provides skilled volunteers the opportunity to have a positive impact and make a difference to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education in primary and secondary Australian schools.

Creating and supporting flexible partnerships between STEM professionals and teachers, provides access to real-world, contemporary experiences that promote understanding of the importance of STEM and inspiring students.

Each partnership is different and allows you to develop your own story. The SMiS team work with you based on your preference for frequency of interaction and style of activity so you get the most out of your partnership.

Check out the showcases for ideas of what other partnerships are doing.


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Since the program began in July 2007, a total of 5810 partnerships have been established in 2728 schools across Australia. Currently, 1894 partnerships are active in 1263 schools as at 31st March 2017.

Professor Brian Schmidt discusses his involvement with Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools

Professor Brian Schmidt enjoys his involvement with Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools.

He explains why he got involved and why it's important for others to get involved in the program too.

View Professor Schmidt's interview [external link]

Brian Schmidt talks about SMiS, image links to external site


We know that Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects are essential to fostering innovation and critical thinking – a recent report from Australia’s Chief Scientist highlighted this. Yet, student participation in STEM subjects is declining and this means Australia is lagging behind.

“Building Productive Partnerships for STEM Education: Evaluating the model and outcomes of the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program 2015” is the latest independent evaluation of Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools.

The executive summary of the report is available for download on and the full report is available on our Evaluations page.

Message from our Patron

There can be nothing more important to the future of Australia than educating our children. I am delighted to be an ambassador for school science education and Scientists in Schools is a key initiative I am pursuing in this role.

The Scientists in Schools program promotes science education in primary and secondary schools, helps to engage and motivate students in their learning of science, and broadens awareness of the types and variety of exciting careers available in the sciences.

I encourage your involvement in this exciting national program. With your support and participation, we can inspire and motivate young people to pursue interests in science, and create and foster important links between school and science communities.

Dr Jim Peacock
Chair, CSIRO Science Team
Formerly Chief Scientist
, Australian Government

The Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Maths and Science Participation program.

The views expressed on this site are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

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