What courses do we offer?

ESV offers five different mind-blowing subjects in emerging science and maths. Each subject runs for 15 weeks.  The next intake will be for Semester 2, 2017.   Students attend a virtual classroom for 2 x 1-hour classes per week. While the content level is aimed at Year 10 students, if you are passionate about science and not in Year 10, we would still love to hear from you!  Students will be engaged with a blend of videos, discussion, practical activities, guest speakers, group and individual work.


Frontiers of Physics


The Frontiers of Physics investigates some of the most recent developments in the fields of astrophysics and astronomy.

Students will go on a journey through the Universe to explore weird and wonderful phenomenon such as black holes, dark matter and dark energy. Investigate the potential for life in the universe as well as how stars form and how they die. Tour our solar system and come up with your own mission proposal to investigate and explore one of these amazing locations. From quarks to quasars, and everything in between, students who undertake this course will be left truly dazzled by the sheer scale and marvels of our Universe.

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BRAINSTORM: BIG ideas in Neuroscience

brain image 1BRAINSTORM will tackle what we already know about the brain and how cutting edge technologies are changing this. We will use a mix of videos, discussion, practical activities, guest speakers, group and individual work.

Join us in exploring some of the big ideas in neuroscience and unleash your brainstorm: How do we image the brain and can we see thoughts? How do sleep and chemicals affect the brain? Bionic brains – how can we replicate senses and understand illusions?

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Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Nano_imageNanotechnology is a cutting edge, multidisciplinary science which integrates a range of scientific areas including chemistry, physics, biology, engineering and material science.

Students will be introduced to fundamental scientific ideas that contribute to the unique properties of substances on the nanoscale. They study how scale and the properties of materials are linked, and how this leads to unusual and unexpected behaviour of materials.  This understanding of nanoscience is extended to explore how properties of nanoscale materials can be exploited in a range of current and developing applications, and to gain insight into how nanotechnology could play a role in solving key global issues.

Students have the opportunity to participate in group and individual work and in a number of simple practical activities that illustrate key ideas.

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Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Argonne's_Midwest_Center_for_Structural_Genomics_deposits_1,000th_protein_structure[1]Biotechnology is one of the most rapidly advancing fields of science.  In this course we explore how we use technology to understand DNA and genetic codes.  Students will examine the structure and function of the cell, DNA and proteins and the development and uses of genetic technology.  Students will develop skills to decipher this information and further understand the code for life.

On completion of this subject, students will gain a range of experiences in state-of-the-art laboratory techniques and an appreciation of how biotechnology is changing every aspect of our world.

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The Nature and Beauty of Mathematics


Explore the nature and beauty of mathematics in this magical subject.  Do you know that the interior angles of a triangle don’t always add to 180 degrees?

Look at the mathematics beyond the reality you see, such as 4-dimensional tesseracts, hyperbolic space, and hotels with an infinite number of rooms.

This course also explores the mathematics of what you can see such as the golden ratio, pi, and how these relate to nature.


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  1. Aine Maher

    Just checking – is registration open to all students in year 10 regardless of where they go to school?

    • A Stephens

      Hi Aine,
      Yes, absolutely. Every student has an opportunity to participate. We do however require the support of the student’s current school, as these lessons are during school hours and will require the student to be absent from other timetabled lessons to participate. This follows a similar model to student’s individual music lessons. There may be a slightly different cost depending on what school the student attends. This is determined on the schools system status and ICSEA score. For more specific details for your school or student, please email Thanks, ESV Team

  2. Gayatri Vazrani

    I would love for my students to explore these opportunities.What a brilliant idea to offer something like this.

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