Secondary Schools

MNI Work Experience Program

The MNI is proud to run one of the most comprehensive and diverse science-based work experience programs for secondary school students in Australia. Students have the opportunity to work with a different researcher each day, covering a broad range of disciplines.

The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute is committed to providing a secondary schools work experience program designed to:

  • contribute to the development of the skills of young people;
  • ease the transition of students into the workplace; and
  • demonstrate the wide variety of interesting careers available within neuroscience research.

The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute provides a diverse and fascinating program for Year 10 students seeking work experience. Students may visit any number of laboratories which could include bionics, neural engineering, disorder-based laboratories (Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, etc), imaging facilities, etc. Students may take part in varied activities, including dissections, experiments, and other hands-on activities, but also learn a lot about the scientific process, obtaining grants and science in the 'real-world'.

The application process is now closed for 2018.

Australian Brain Bee Challenge

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is a competition for high school students in year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, learn about neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses.

The program was started in Australia in 2006 to address a number of deficiencies in the public's perception of science in general, and neuroscience in particular.

The ABBC provides current and accurate information on the latest advances in neuroscience research, its value to the community, and promote careers in science and technology.

Check our how the 2017 finals went!


A/Professor Andrew Metha | Deputy Director | Melbourne Neuroscience Institute | University of Melbourne |

Brain Facts is dedicated to sharing knowledge about the wonders of the brain and mind, engaging the public in dialogue about brain research, and dispelling common "neuromyths".

The brain is the most complex biological structure in the known universe. At the website, visitors can learn about this extraordinary organ driving thought, behavior, perception, emotion, disease, and health.

Understanding brain development and health is important for everyone and provides a place for scientifically accurate, accessible information.

The website also serves as a great resource for educators and students of all ages, with a focus on providing teaching resources for primary and secondary teaching.

Featured resources include:

  • Key concepts about brain function; summaries of promising research discoveries; information about hundreds of diseases and disorders; and more.
  • Interviews and discussions with leading researchers.
  • Scientist-reviewed teaching tools for educators.
  • Multimedia tools and a social media community that will grow with the site.
  • Neuroscience news that's making headlines.

STEM Professionals in Schools

About the program

STEM Professionals in Schools (formerly Scientists and Mathematicians (and ICT Professionals) in Schools) connects primary and secondary school teachers and STEM professionals with a broad range of expertise and experience to enhance STEM learning in Australian classrooms.

The program is Australia's leading STEM education volunteering program and provides an opportunity for business and individuals to contribute to the community through STEM education. It provides individual matching of partnerships for you, your school or business, supported by a national team.

Benefits of the program


A teacher professional learning program that improves teacher confidence and knowledge in STEM skills.
Increases student engagement and awareness of careers in STEM
Available for teachers in all schools and all year levels
Fosters connections with industry across a broad range of sectors and disciplines
Supports a long term vision for the integration and delivery of STEM education in the school
Exposure to real world STEM skills for teachers and students
Supported by a national framework and CSIRO local Project Officers in all capital cities, Newcastle and Townsville.


  • Increases confidence to teach STEM subjects
  • Inspires students to undertake STEM subjects and exposure to STEM careers
  • Supports the development of lesson plans that bring the Australian curriculum to life
  • Creates links with STEM organisations and industry for teaching and learning inspiration


  • Learning critical thinking in a school context with skills relevant beyond the classroom
  • Gaining direct access to a practicing STEM professional for career inspiration and opportunities
  • Learning the role and relevance of STEM in everyday life

STEM professionals

  • Provides STEM professionals with the opportunity to share their skills, experience and professional knowledge of their chosen STEM discipline
  • Contributes to the professional learning of today’s teachers by bringing STEM industry experiences of critical thinking and problem solving skills into the classroom
  • Opportunities to share their passion and be part of a program that inspires teachers and young people every day
  • Inspires students to consider a career in a STEM-related field
  • Alignment with corporate social responsibility and sustainability objectives
  • Opportunity to contribute to the community

Partnership models

  • Teacher professional learning
  • Mentoring and one-on-one tutoring
  • Site visits and field trips
  • Career talks and presentations
  • Hands-on demonstrations
  • Online engagement

A local project officer is available for support and advice throughout your partnership.

For further information, see the CSIRO website.