Students across NSW have today completed their exam for Science Extension, a brand new course in the Higher School Certificate and the first online HSC exam in NSW. Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said over 650 of the state’s best and brightest students sat the online exam after completing a scientific research project into an area of science that fascinated them.

“Science extension is a new course that has been applauded by the scientific community. It aims to help students develop real-world research skills for the future and hopefully inspires them to pursue further study or a career in STEM,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The exam was a technological achievement for all the staff and students involved in this new course.” “NSW Education Standards Authority had been well prepared to deal with students logging on to the network at the same time, in multiple locations.”

Ms Mitchell said she was pleased to see that high-achieving students across metro, rural and remote NSW had access to the course and were even able to choose areas of study that were relevant to their local or broader community.
“Earlier this month I met with three students from Narrabri High School who all took the course and sat the exam.

“It provides a fantastic outlet for students with a specific scientific passion to research it and have that research count in their HSC no matter where they live.” “It is motivating for our students to research something they are passionate about and know that the course may give them the opportunity to have their work published as well,” Ms Mitchell said.