Ambition matches outreach for John Monash Science School

How Victoria’s first specialist secondary school helps students from across Victoria to focus on STEM.

Tuesday, 24 October 2023 at 10:00 pm
Three high school students in lab coats making and experiment using beakers.

If your students have a passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), there’s a good chance the John Monash Science School (JMSS) can help them to thrive.

JMSS offers a range of outreach programs that all Victorian students can access, from primary school’s littlest scientists to our most advanced Year 12 mathematicians.

Since opening in 2010, JMSS has built a strong reputation for offering exciting, challenging and informative learning opportunities for students across the state, through outreach programs such as:

Little Scientists, Mini Mathematicians

Every Wednesday, JMSS students participate in co-curricular studies across a range of activities, such as Knitting and Philosophy, Minecraft Robotics, Uni Maths and others. 

Two such programs are Little Scientists and Mini Mathematicians, which benefit JMSS students and students from primary schools around Melbourne. These programs help primary school students develop an understanding of STEM topics, communication and problem-solving skills, to name a few.

If your primary school has 4 STEM-loving students in grades 5 or 6 who would benefit, visit the Co-curricular page on the JMSS website for more information or apply to participate by email:

Regional Science Exchange program

Run twice a year, the Regional Science Exchange (RSEx) gives regional Year 10 students the chance to attend classes at JMSS for 3 weeks, and be hosted by families in the JMSS community.

Participating students will engage in core classes and electives such as medical physics, microbiology and materials science, as well as extended experimental investigations.

In 2023, students from 16 different regional schools took part. The program will run again in 2024 in terms 2 and 3. 

For information on how to apply, follow the JMSS Facebook page or visit RSEx.

Emerging Sciences Victoria program

Emerging Sciences Victoria provides a virtual interactive classroom for years 9 and 10 students, delivering elective classes from JMSS staff, researchers, industry experts and academics from Monash University. 

The program offers several different courses each semester with new subjects added regularly, along with occasional micro-courses. Bioinformatics, indigenous science, astrophysics and neuroscience are just some of the subjects on offer. 

All students need to access the program is a computer or laptop (preferably with a camera), a stable internet connection and a headset with microphone. Students attend 2 live 50-minute classes each week and collaborate online, using shared documents.

Each participating school must nominate a liaison teacher who acts as the point of contact between the ESV staff and the school, helping facilitate student enrolments and attendance. 

Courses are available to all Victorian students. State schools can enrol students in an elective class for $25 per student and the non-government school price is $325 per student. 

In Semester 1, 2023, more than 40 students enrolled in various courses, from more than 20 schools. 

For more information and to apply, refer to the Emerging Sciences Victoria program or email: 

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