International Science Fair

Since 2004 we have proudly hosted our annual ASMS International Science Fair (ISF). This exciting event, consistently welcoming guests from around the world, Australia and South Australia, is a week of exploration, investigation and collaboration.  

Both our visiting and ASMS students experience Challenge Based Learning, collaboratively investigating real world issues, proposing solutions and solving challenges.  

Working alongside peers from different nations, students extend their thinking, analyse problems in critical and creative ways and determine actions that make a difference, all while forming friendships and developing intercultural understandings.  

Visiting schools from overseas, interstate and from regional South Australia experience not only the ISF but also cultural events and experiences around the city of Adelaide.  

Every year students explore a main ISF theme which their research leads back to. In 2024 participants will be Engineering a Future, investigating the impact science will have in our future. 

If you are a school interested in participating in the 20th Annual ASMS International Science Fair in 2024, please email  

2024: Engineering a Future

ISF 2023: Space to Innovate 

In 2023 we welcomed 55 visitors from 11 different schools from all over Australia, South Australia and the world to experience the 19th annual International Science Fair alongside ASMS Year 10 and 11 students.  

Exploring Challenge Based Learning using leading edge technologies students investigated a crime scene CSI style, applied the mechanics of Biomedical Engineering, investigated as Archaeologists and Palaeontologists, researched the effects of Fire and Flood, studied amongst the stars, applied their artistic flair to understand Australian Indigenous Art and explored life under the microscope.  

Students from Canada, Thailand, China, Japan, Korea, Queensland, Victoria, Burra and Roxby Downs wowed us with their insightful presentations on topics including bioplastic pots, the effectiveness of sunscreen application types, protecting marine ecosystems with shaped artificial reefs and defying Gamma Radiation through the powers of commercial building materials.  

Working together has allowed us to expand our learning and think differently to achieve our CBL outcomes as a multinational team. 

ISF 2022: What can we learn from the past to change our future?

For the 18th International Science Fair, we welcomed students and educators from around the world to join our Year 10 and 11 students and our staff for an amazing week of Challenge Based Learning from 5-9 September.

The ASMS hosted 34 students with 6 teachers participating online from Fort Richmond College Canada, GSC Hiroshima University Japan, and Mahidol Wittayanusorn School Thailand and 18 students with 2 teachers visiting from St Odulphuslyceum The Netherlands and Ritsumeikan Senior High School Japan.

The ASMS also welcomed 17 students with 7 teachers visiting the school from regional South Australia including Roxby Downs Area School, Burra Community School and Whyalla Secondary College and 5 students with 2 teachers visiting interstate from Queensland Academy for Science, Maths and Technology.

It was so inspiring to see how each group has developed their curiosity, collaborated on ideas, and nurtured their friendships to come up with creative solutions to each challenge.