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Science Extension

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

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

Cost: Free, highly subject to availability

Applications: collected until 16 November

Timeline: Students who are successfully linked to a PhD mentor will be introduced in December. Program has a flexible end-point of near end of Term 2 or early Term 3, as agreed upon between teacher, student and mentor.

Apply Your Students for the Program

To be contacted about the mentor program, please enter your details here.

Please note, successful student-mentor links will be dependent on mentor availability and suitability.

Teacher Supervision

All correspondence between students and mentors must be supervised by the students’ teacher and will be undertaken entirely via online pathways or by phone.

Terms and Conditions apply. Available upon expression of interest for the program.


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

Appropriate for: high school teachers and students participating in the Science Extension course in 2018-2019.

Venue: Camperdown Campus, University of Sydney


  • 26 October 2018 (BOOKED OUT), 9.30am-3pm
  • 2 November 2018 (BOOKED OUT), 9.30am-3pm

Registration is closed for the 2018-2019 Science Extension Workshops due to being filled to capacity.

Unable to Attend?

Resources from the workshops will be put up on this webpage in early November, including lecture recordings and learning materials.


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

Caitlin Fisher

School Programs Officer