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Science Extension

Supporting teachers and students doing the HSC extension science course
Workshops, teacher resources and student mentoring

Student applications are now open for the 2019-2020 Science Extension Mentoring Program. Students are invited to fill in the application form by Friday 15 November 2019.

Linking high school students with PhD mentors to support their science investigation skills development during the HSC Science Extension course.

The Science Extension Mentoring Program is designed to support the development of science investigation skills in high school students undertaking the Science Extension HSC course by offering them one-to-one advice from a PhD mentor who will follow the progress of their science investigation throughout the HSC year.

Students will be able to ask their mentors for personalised suggestions and tips on how to:

  • design their scientific investigation
  • carry out data collection
  • analyse the data
  • approach arising challenges throughout the investigation
  • draw meaning from their results

The program endeavours to match students and mentors by disciplines of interest and expertise.

The Science Extension Mentor Program is conducted via online pathways (e.g. email, video conferencing) or by phone and always under the supervision of the student’s teacher. Contacting times throughout the program are flexible, and are as agreed upon between teacher, student and mentor.

Program Details

Audience: HSC science extension students
Cost: free
Availability: subject to successful applications and PhD mentor availability
Applications open: 14 October – 15 November
Mentoring timeline: mid-November 2019 until early July 2020, as individually agreed upon between mentor and mentee once matched.

Student Applications

Students can now sign up for the 2019-2020 Mentoring Program. Register now.

The applications will require:

  • Student's school email address
  • Sponsor teacher's full name, contact details
  • Why the student would like to join the program
  • Area of interest for science investigation

Applications due by Friday 15 November 2019.

Students must complete their own entry forms to apply for the program. Each student must also have a teacher who is willing to supervise all (online) communication between mentor and their mentee for the duration of the program for Work Health and Safety reasons.


School Program Officer

Spend a day learning about the HSC science extension course exploring best scientific practice, experimental design, research techniques and reviewing statistical analysis of data.

We will focus on Modules 2 and 3 of the Science Extension course. Half the day will be spent exploring best practice experimental design and identifying potential challenges, with a view to good designs producing good analyses.

The other half of the day will be an exploration of various statistical hypothesis tests as detailed in the syllabus. This is also a chance for you and your students to meet some of our PhD student mentors. PhD candidates from across the faculty have volunteered their expertise to provide advice for your students as they undertake this exciting dive into authentic scientific research.

Event Details

Cost: free
Audience: HSC science extension students
Supervision: students must be booked and supervised by a teacher
Dates Available:

  • 1 November 9am-3pm @Camperdown campus
  • 5 November 9am-3pm @Westmead campus
  • 8 November 9am-3pm @Camperdown campus

Register your places for a Science Extension Workshop 2019 here.

Please note that we understand student numbers are uncertain before Term 4. All registered groups will be contacted at the start of Term 4 for final student numbers. In the meantime, we would appreciate if teachers could make their best estimates of the number of places that they need.


School Programs Officer

Texts, presentations, videos and mathematical analysis resources for the Science Extension course can be accessed directly through the Science Extension resources link.


School Programs Officer