New Programs

This page will provide information regarding the development or introduction of new programs including research endeavours that request or require the support or contribution of practicing teachers. When appropriate the opportunities will be classified by subject to help you filter to those that most meet you expertice or need.

PhD Scholarship in Science Education School of Education, Curtin University

A merit-based PhD scholarship is available for the holder to conduct research in a project, funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project scheme (ARC DP180100143) on students’ scientific creativity. 

This project investigates how students develop creative and critical thinking skills as well as scientific understanding while engaged in a series of classroom activities to construct visual explanations (science diagrams) in groups. The project will also develop and evaluate teaching strategies to better support students’ creative and critical scientific thinking skills and scientific understanding. 

The PhD student will work with secondary school science teachers to develop teaching materials, interact with students, video-record classroom interactions, conduct interviews, analyse class videos and diagrams, write a doctoral thesis, and contribute to writing peer-reviewed journal articles.

The successful PhD student will be supervised by a team of experienced science education researchers (Dr Mihye Won and Professor David F. Treagust) from the STEM Education Research Group (formerly Science and Mathematics Education Centre—SMEC) at Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

For full details download the document.


The WA Schools Think Tank Challenge - August 2019

The WA Schools Think Tank Challenge is an Innovation Institute and Water Corporation initiative supported by STAWA.


Download the flyer for further information. Pick a location and register a place for the chance for your Year 9 and/or 10 students to participate.

City of Wanneroo -  Tue 6 August

City of Bayswater - Tue 27 August

City of Fremantle - Tue 10 September


Register now online at


Think Tanks sessions are FREE for schools to enter. 


The think tank challenge How can Perth become a leading waterwise city by 2030?



ClimateClever Masters Scholarship (MPhil)

Curtin University have a very exciting research scholarship opportunity. This research scholarship enables the research candidate to develop and conduct an action research project working with teachers that are participating within the new, innovative STEM-based program. This research will be positioned within a larger industry project. Starting July 2019 (24 months - $44K).

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EOI closes 24 May!


Modernising School Science: the Einstein-First Project

There is worldwide recognition of the need modernize science education to make it consistent with the modern “Einsteinian” conception of space, time, matter, light and gravity. The Einstein-First project, funded by the Australian Research Council, will spend five years developing, testing and assessing an integrated Einsteinian curriculum. Primary and secondary school curricula will be trialed, tested and improved through longitudinal studies in partner schools; and teachers will be trained and assisted in presenting curriculum content.

This project offers 2 opportunities:

1. Researcher 

Opportunity to join an exciting international education project for PhD or Masters by Research or as a Research Associate.

The project is seeking PhD and Masters students who have a background in physics, knowledge of both quantum physics and special and general relativity, and an interest in science communication, outreach and education. Research students will specialize in either Primary or Secondary or Teacher professional development, with projects focused on program delivery and/or program assessment. 

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2. School Partner

Call for Expression of Interest for both Primary and Secondary Schools to be Research Partners in Modernising School Science: Einstein-First Project.

Teachers of Years 3 to 6, and Years 7-10. Click to view and download the Expression of Interest form and program ellaboration.