Educators are being urged to breathe life into science studies.
Only 20 per cent of Year Eight students are up to scratch on science, and high schoolers are falling behind.
That's the find from the Education Review Office, which is calling for changes to strengthen science studies.
Nanogirl Michelle Dickinson told Kerre McIvor science is fun - but how it's taught can make it dry.
'A question about the direction of a nameless projectile is much less interesting than asking about a cricket ball - if your students like the sport."