Advancing Science and Engineering through Laboratory Learning: ASELL for Schools


An Australian Government funded project under the Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program (AMSPP)

What is it?

ASELL for Schools is a three year (2015‒2017) national project that aims to develop partnerships between teachers and academics to produce and disseminate inquiry-based practical activities aligned with all three strands of the Australian science curriculum. Its purpose is to improve the laboratory and practical-based teaching skills of middle school teachers (Years 7–10).

Who is involved?

  • Academics from faculties of education, science and engineering in seven universities across four states and territories (for example, the University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Charles Darwin University),
  • Science Teachers’ Associations (for example, STAWA and STANT),
  • Science and technology teachers from all school sectors (for example, Catholic Education Office) with a mix of metropolitan, regional, and isolated and remote schools, and
  • Science students in Years 7–10.

How does it work?

Across Australia, a small number of Teacher Scholars (about 60) and ASELL Mentors (academics) from science or engineering faculties are partnering to develop inquiry-based science or engineering practical activities that are appropriate for middle school students across a range of school settings.

For each activity developed, a further 20 Teacher Leaders and selected students will participate in workshops.

Teacher relief costs are available and all curriculum resources developed will be disseminated to schools free of charge.

Within the Northern Territory, the program will be managed by the International Centre for School Leadership at Charles Darwin University.

Key dates

Workshops are held in both Alice Springs and Darwin on dates yet to be confirmed.


If you are interested in being involved or receiving further information please forward an application form to Dr Terry McClaffery, Centre for School Leadership, Charles Darwin University


If you have any queries about this program please contact:

Dr. Terry McClafferty
T: +61 8 8946 7485