Category Archives: Science Week

Imagine, Create, Share: STEM for Seniors in Townsville

The Imagine, Create, Share: STEM for Seniors program will inspire seniors’ imagination, creativity, and maker skills through involvement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Using STEM tools like coding, robotics, multimedia, and electronics, the workshops will get older Australians more involved with current technology and National Science Week. Giving seniors technological tools to express their creativity and tap into their lived experience will fulfil the program objectives of:

more vibrant seniors’ communities
active engagement with National Science Week from a large section of society
health and well-being advantages for seniors (cognitive science tells us we must use it or lose it)

The benefits could flow both ways should seniors engage fully with the technology and develop innovative apps that leverage their life experience to benefit a greater part of society.

Why shouldn’t we tap into the wealth of experience that exists in our seniors’ communities?

Join with Fiona from Stories Galore to explore, discover, and create in the Imagine, Create, Share: STEM for Seniors workshops.

Email or call (0409 640 939) Fiona Quin from Stories Galore to book a coding, robotics, multimedia and electronics workshop from 11 – 18 August in the Townsville region.

Victorian Seed Grant Recipients 2018

The Victorian Coordinating Committee thank all grant applicants for their enthusiasm for National Science Week and congratulate the 2018 Victorian small seed grant recipients:

Ballaarat Astronomical Society Inc – Forced Landing on Mars competition

Bricks 4 Kidz, City of Whittlesea – Community robotic and technic LEGO workshops, building robotic arms and DNA molecules from LEGO bricks

Brimbank Libraries – Planetarium and science shows, film screenings, and after school science activity sessions across 5 branches of Brimbank Libraries during National Science Week.

Daylesford Secondary College – sound and light extravaganza projecting stories of scientific discovery throughout the regional town of Daylesford.

Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation – Family STEAM evening, use Ozobots, LittleBits, float creations in wind tunnels, and participate in engineering challenges.

Eco Inquire – makerspace activities in collaboration with the Sustainable Activity Centre and Half Waste using reclaimed materials, up-cycling and tinkering to encourage community members to think and act sustainably.

Faculty of Science and Technology, Federation University – The science of parasites, activities for kids at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Geelong Regional Library Corporation – Science Fair at the Corio Library, including science shows by Professor Bunsen.

Golden Plains Shire Family Day Care – Science fun with Professor Brains for pre-schoolers and families.

Goldfields Libraries – hatching chicken eggs and learning about the lifecycle of chickens at Kangaroo Flat Library.

Indigo Shire Libraries – Creating a bee friendly garden, interactive talks and Beechworth honey tasting.

Let’s Torque and Sisters in Science – Space exploration, a discussion about the power of collaboration.

Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society – Stargazing evening, and Science in the Park activities exploring the elemental composition of stars.

Mornington Peninsula Libraries – Family bowling with robots, learning to code.

New and Experimental Arts Laboratory – Musical performance and workshop exploring the intersections of science and art in neuroscience and acoustic ecology.
Royal Australian Chemical Institute – inaugural public lecture presented at the Melbourne Brain Centre by a Victorian chemist.

St Margaret’s and Berwick Grammar School – Sustainability and innovation weekend of public workshops and talks.

Unbound – Balloon launch to celebrate innovation and the Australian Space Agency.

Yaapeet Primary School – Guided nature walk with botanist and former park ranger Rod Newnham, and exhibition of a rediscovered well-preserved plant collection for the local community.

James Cameron on Movies and Science

We recently spoke with movie director and deep sea explorer Jim Cameron about his interest in science – he started at college studying physics and astronomy – and how that interest has intertwined with his movie making career.

Jim is one of just three people to have ever gone to the depths of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, 10 908 m below sea level. He helped design the one person submersible Deepsea Challenger and had it built and tested in Sydney. He describes the deep ocean as “a wonderful alien world here on Earth” that he decided he could actually visit.

Titanic brought his creative and science worlds together and gave Jim the opportunity to dive on the wreck of the ship several times for the filming.

Jim is passionate about involving the public in science, saying that “as a culture we need to trust what science tells us, and not cherry pick the things we want to hear”. He feels that the challenges that we face will be solved by science.

“Science is only true path to the truth. There are 1000 paths to opinion, but there’s only one path to truth.”

With thanks to the Australian National Maritime Museum for generously giving us an opportunity to meet Jim at the opening of their James Cameron – Challenging the Deep exhibition.

Young Tassie Scientists Across Tasmania

Young Tassie Scientists

The Young Tassie Scientists are returning to schools across Tasmania this August in celebration of National Science Week!

Now in it’s 16th year, the Young Tassie Scientists is a well-established and very popular program in schools across Tasmania.

We provide FREE classroom visits from young, enthusiastic scientists. These short, interactive presentations are suitable for all ages (K-12).

Schools must register online to request a visit, please note the deadline for registrations is 5pm Monday 9 July.

More info online or by email to Dr Adele Wilson or call 03 6226 2287.

The baseless implications of the Due Diligence rooms

It often happens so that on condition that something is well-loved, people get making a search for its drawbacks. The same could be said about the Alternative Data Rooms . They is a buzz word all over the earth presently but still, some corporations say that they suggest you more disadvantages than advantages. It is a general knowledge that it is not true but in order not to sound proofless, we passed a resolution to analyze all these bad points and to dismantle them in cases when it is not true to life.

It is a matter of course that some undertakings believe that the Modern Deal Rooms are really complicated for working. On the other hand, we would place emphasis on the fact they will be intricate for those who do not make use of laptops and mobile phones at all. But still, there are some really intricate Virtual Repositories, but not to get it wrong, you are able to use the gratuitous temporary subscriptions and to see if the data room is okay for you. Usually, almost all the Electronic Data Rooms are simple-to-use. But even if you cannot make use of it, their technical support will teach you in what way to use it.

Some corporations tell that there is no point in paying excessively for the Up-to-date Deal Rooms because the free data-warehousing systems have all the same functionalities. Well, if the truth be known, the free information warehouses and the Alternative Data Rooms really have a lot in common but the free data stores will not provide your files with the ultimate system of protection as the Virtual Platforms do. Speaking of the Physical Repositories, they do not suggest you any features, they can only keep your materials.

They say that it is a problem to select the data room provider. As a matter of fact, it is true as there is the great selection of the virtual venues to every pocket. All of them give you varied functions and it is really complicated to give preference to the best one. But you have to pay heed to your demands and to search for the services which offer you the necessary features taking into consideration the fact that there is no point in spending a powerful lot of money on the needless functionalities.

Most often, all the companies take care of the degree of confidentiality of their documentation. But some of them tell that it is dangerous to store files on the Interweb and it is better to utilize the land-based data rooms. It is obvious that it is not so on the grounds that the Online Deal Rooms use plenty of security rating , like the granular user permissions, antiviral programs, and the prevention of download, print, and copy. Besides, the most trustworthy data rooms always have some certifications.

Numerous companies do not commence having a deal with the Digital Data Rooms taking into consideration the fact that they are quite expensive. Contrarily, we would say that in very deed, almost all the Deal Rooms do not have unfair prices. The most popular services cost about 100$ per month. It is not so expensive. This is not a secret that there are Virtual Platforms which are crazy expensive but everybody has the possibility to choose. Furthermore, there are such ones which take money for the users.

And so, we would place emphasis on the fact it is better to try the Digital Data Rooms than to listen to about all these drawbacks which do not really exist.

Tasmanian event holders – enter your event details by 10 June for free promotion

Whether you are planning an event in August specifically for National Science Week or you are hosting an event with some great science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) angles, please complete the two steps below to register your event details to be included in our printed program, which is distributed state-wide to over 70,000 people, and on the website and event app! And feel free to forward this to anyone you feel needs this information.

Step 1: Register for your free event listing in the Tasmanian National Science Week Printed Program

Event descriptions must be submitted to the Tasmanian National Science Week printed program by midnight Sunday 10 June 2018. This date aligns with strict sponsorship deadlines and is non-negotiable. You can also submit one image with the form, so please have one prepared if you would like to do so.

Step 2: You will also need to register your event on the National Science Week website to be included in the online searchable database and the National Science Week phone app.

We recommend completing both the printed program details and the National Science Week website registration concurrently. Make sure your event goes in both the printed program for Tasmania as well as the National Science Week website and app!

If you have any questions or concerns related to the event listing, please email Communications and Events Manager Jenni Klaus prior to the 10 June deadline.

If you have any need for advice on promotional planning, please get in touch at any time. And if you need templates, logos, graphics, or media releases, visit the Event Organiser’s Toolbox.

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2018 School Grant Recipients

Thank you to each and every one of the 851 Australian schools who applied for school grants.

It is fantastic to have such a huge interest in running activities in schools during National Science Week.

Congratulations to the 365 schools that have been successful in receiving grants of up to $500 to help them conduct a range and variety of science activities during National Science Week.

Please note that the National Science Week in schools team were unable to award all applications, nor could they award all successful applicants the amount that they requested.

Recipients by state or territory

ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | Tas | SA | Vic | WA


Amaroo Preschool

Preschool students will work with older students from across the school in a peer-to-peer program to develop and experiment with science projects created during Science Week.

Belconnen High School

Science Fair.

Bonython Preschool

Drip, Drip, Drop! – Constructing a sustainable water system for the school garden.

Canberra Grammar School (Primary)

The Horizons Science and Engineering Club students will run National Science Week outreach activities.

Caroline Chisholm Senior School

Regional Science Fair – The Tuggeranong network will run a regional Science Fair that will include its eight primary schools and four junior schools.

Centre for Innovation and Learning

STEMCON 2018 – inaugural conference for selected year 10 students across the ACT network to attend a full day STEM conference.

Emmaus Christian School

Science Fair.

Erindale College

Science, Mathematics and IT Enrichment Day – a day of fun and challenging activities for high school and primary school students in our local area.

Franklin Early Childhood School

Series of investigations linked to the theme of Game Changers and Change Makers.

French-Australian Preschool

‘Fête de la science’ to foster an interest in science among our 3 to 5 years-old students.

Harrison School

A week of science investigations and challenges across lunch times to explore the nature of science and engage all learners.

Holy Family Primary, Gowrie

To run STEM activities through the school Peer Support groups (Vertical age groups)

Kaleen Primary School

Biannual STEM night – STEM night provides families and community members with the opportunity to immerse themselves in our interactive STEM projects.

Macquarie Primary School

Macquarie Primary Science Fair.

Marist College Canberra

Range of activities – Science quiz, student science demonstrations, science competition, and teacher demonstrations.

Mother Teresa School

Upper and lower primary grades will participate in a Science Fair / Exhibition titled ‘Science Buddies’.

Mount Stromlo High School

Activities during National Science week relating to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission.

St Anthony’s Primary School

Ozobots, robotics kits and Spheros will be used in some challenges and problem solving situations.

St Francis Xavier College

Famous Scientist Scavenger Hunt.

St John Paul II College

The Science and Art Departments will co-run a series of STEAM activities.

Sts Peter and Paul Primary School

The Sts Peter and Paul STEM Science Expo – a wide variety of hands-on, fun and educational STEM-based science activities.

Taylor Primary School

School-based Science Fair – Students will complete projects and display these for the local community to come in and see.

Telopea Park School (Primary)

PROSTEM (Promote S.T.E.M. using Game Changers and Change Makers!) – a variety of activities over two afternoons for Yr K-3 families on and Yr 4-6 families.

Telopea Park School (Secondary)

Engineering Challenge. Yr 7 students will mentor/supervise Yr 6 students to carry out specific challenges that are STEM focused.

Theodore Primary School

A variety of science activities to extend students. Everyday class activities to include the possibility of producing a Science Fair entry.

Torrens Primary School

Enhancing bodiversity of bird life on the school grounds – Students will survey local bird life, identify and research desirable local parrot species and design appropriate nest boxes before Science Week.

Trinity Christian School

Rocketry for students in Year 7 to 10 during National Science Week.

University Preschool and Childcare Centre

Germs, Germs, Everywhere! – Over the week, the children will be learning about germs and hygiene.

Wanniassa School

P-10 STEMFest – The event will showcase STEM projects from both campuses to our community.


Anna Bay Public School

Robotics Olympics – students will participate in ‘Olympic Learning Stations’ developing their skills in coding using Spheros, robots, and Lego.

Ashfield Boys High

Science challenges including science atom scavenger hunt, paper plane building, bridge building with straws, paper boat water challenge, egg protector challenge, and candle making using scientific glassware.

Bankstown Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten

Students will experiment, plan and execute a Science Fair, which will be presented to the school community during Science Week. This science fair will be based around the theme Volcano so all experiment presentations will relate to this theme.

Barham High School

Creating a Facebook page and brochure about the science of our local area to be distributed in tourism outlets.

Binya Public School

Science Day to build on previous relationships and to promote science within our school and local community and local preschool group.

Blandford Public

Interschool Primary Science Day.

Bowral High School

STEMFest @ BHS for local primary schools – designed for students in Years 5-6 the STEMFest will provide hands-on activities in our labs and facilities.

Bulli Public School

Daily science activities during Science Week.

Bundarra Central School

Microbe plates and DNA modelling activities.

Canterbury Public School

Activities using Sphero Minis’ facial recognition software. Students will upload footage of activities to our Seesaw platform.

Centaur Public School

Centaur Seniors – Creating critical thinkers of the future! Year 5 and 6 students will lead and demonstrate science as a problem solving platform where creativity and critical thinking meshes together.

Clarence Town Preschool

It all begins with Observation! Students use their power of observation through a week of tinker tray provocations.

Coopernook Public School

Community Science Discovery Day.

Coutts Crossing Public School

Students will present experiments and information that show aspects of the contributions of scientists who are game changers. Students will explore the printing of 3D replacement parts for toys, microscopic investigations of elements of their school environment, experiments on gravity, magnetic fields, density and floating, electrical circuits, forces and simple coding activities.

Darlinghurst Public School

K-6 Science Fair – students will interview scientists at the local medical research centres near our school – The Garvan Institute, The Victor Chang Institute and St Vincent’s Hospital.

EA Southee Public School, Cootamundra

Rotation of science activities in mixed year groups.

Eleebana Public School

Propulsion Power – students will design a vehicle/form of transport that can relocate a specific item across a designated distance. Each class, in collaborative groups, will design a vehicle or form of transport. They will build and test their class model and choose the most efficient model to compete in the school wide activity during Science Week.

Ellerston Public School

Inter-school science discovery day K-6 including design and building of catapults, musical instruments, lava lamps, milk carton generators, rain in a jar, solar ovens and rubber gloves.

Empire Vale Public School

Celebration of Sustainable Science – exploring the use of sugar cane as a sustainable energy source, creating a biofuel using sugar cane, glucose and yeast, through a fermentation process to possibly run a lawn mower.

Georges River Grammar

Building 16 prosthetic hands, from 3D printed parts, to be donated to those in need.

Gorokan Public School

Producing STEAM projects such as ‘Metamorphosis in our frog pond’ and ‘Chemical changes in the kitchen’.

Harrington Street Pre-School

Water Works – Targeting science and engineering skills to design and build a working water distribution system from a teacher designed water tank to a community garden.

Helensburgh Public School

Science Fair – Other schools will be invited to visit and participate.

Hennessy Catholic College

Recycling cage for plastic bottles and cans – Students will construct the cages and conduct an audit of plastic, cans and bins mapped against student use of the school grounds.

Hill End Public School

Hill End Public School K-6 Combined Schools’ Science Day – Hill End Public School will host three other small schools within our district for a full interactive day of science activities.

Hill Top Public School

Student science displays and/or experiments will be showcased – Students will be assisted and encouraged to develop interactive science displays to promote the role of science in day-to-day life.

Iona Public School

‘Science Spectacular’ – Roller Coaster Challenge – Students will construct a roller coaster to deliver a ball bearing from table height in the longest time possible.

Jesmond Early Education centre

Extending engagement with science and maths within the pre-school curriculum.

Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre Inc.

Preschool Science Fair – A rotation of science experiences.

Kahibah Public School

Twenty-five hands on and interactive demonstrations for students to be engaged in.

Kanahooka High School

A week of engaging lunchtime science workshops and competitions.

Kincumber High School

A science ‘Hall of Fame’ will be created within the school – Stage 4 students will create a painted canvas and short biography as part of their research task on a famous scientist of their choice.

Kirrawee High School

Students will solve a variety of engineering challenges, such as bridges, rescue devices and earthquake proof buildings that promote collaboration and problem-solving skills through the scientific method.

KU Cheltenham Memorial Preschool

Preschool Science Fair – Collaborating with our local high school we will host a Science Fair on two afternoons during Science week.

KU Peter Pan La Perouse Preschool

‘Pre-schooler’s Colour and Light Projection Pageant’ which will highlight to the children the way in which STEM can enhance their inventiveness and imaginations and give them inspiration and momentum for future work.

Kyogle High School

Game Changers and Change Makers STEMxpo.

Kyogle Preschool

Science Spectacular – Pre-schoolers will explore and discover science through simple experiments. i.e. simple machines, walking water, Smartie party, mini volcano, lava Lamps, Humpty Dumpty and soap boats.

Lane Cove West Public School

LCWPS will focus on the cartoonist, engineer and inventor Reuben Goldberg, and the Rube-Goldberg machines, which are named after him. We will have a whole-school Rube-Goldberg Day.

Lismore Preschool Inc.

Extending the learning opportunities for the pre-school’s current native stingless beehive. In August the hive will need to be opened, emptied (by a professional) and procedures put in place to split it into two hives (including safe movement of a new queen). This is a wonderful opportunity for children to build on their current understandings of the nature (social and structure) of native bees and the historic and contemporary use of their honey and wax (including for Indigenous medicines and instruments).

Lowesdale Public

STEM Day for students K-6 with visiting scientists – Students will take part in bridge building, dropping egg parachutes, boat challenges, floating and sinking, balancing robots, magnetic exploration).

Lucas Heights Community School

Students will undertake a Scitech Matters Challenge Week with three days of interactive STEM activities

Manly Village Public School

You can Change the World! – Exploring science innovations that have made our world a better place. Each class from K-6 will collaborate in groups to devise a new science invention to change the world in a positive way.

Marian Catholic College, Griffith

Students will learn about the dependence that Australian science has on space technologies, including GPS, satellite communications and imaging and the dangers that increased levels of space junk will have on the ability for humanity to progress into the future.

Menai High School

Science Escape Room – Students will take part in a science escape.

Montgrove College

Science Exhibition – Year 6 students can display their projects/investigations into electricity in everyday designs. Students will explore electricity and also look at ways to show conservation though the use of solar power.

Mount St Thomas Public School

Chariot racing event – Students will be given a design brief to make a chariot or shell and will use robotics equipment as the ‘motor’ to drive their chariots.

Mountain Preschool Lowanna Inc.

Creating a solar powered oven for the children to make their own nachos. This will involve converting pizza boxes into a solar oven using the box, foil and glad wrap.

Mungindi Central School

Building a robotic artist to create a take home artwork, building a hydraulic arm to ‘grab’ an item, designing and developing an interactive video game using Bloxels, creating a LED wired name-tag, building a solar powered car for a Solar Challenge and a Great Sphero Code Challenge Grand Final.

Narellan Public School

Introduction to Spheros – Students will learn how use coding to develop engineering, mathematical thinking, computational thinking and coding.

Narrandera East Infants School

Exploring magnetism, surface tension, static electricity and microscopy. Using natural resources and other materials, students will undertake challenge-based activities as well as using Makey Makeys and other equipment for coding.

Orange Grove Public School Preschool

Hands on learning related to floating/sinking, measurement and capacity, movement in water i.e. water wheels such as those found on paddle boats, power generated by water, how do fountains work, sustainability such as recycled water and tank water, as well as the environmental aspect of keeping our water ways clean.

Peakhurst South Public School

Interactive expo where students design their own science experiments to demonstrate to K-4 students.

Peats Ridge Public School

Bees! – Dehydrated bee vomit, investigation and biosecurity competition, bush tucker and useful natives audit. Investigating Bees, researching hive design and developing a beehive on site.

Pelican Preschool & Long Day Care @ Shellharbour

Students will explore UV light (and other accessories) to see germs on hands and surfaces. Students will learn good hand washing and hygiene practices.

Pennant Hills Public School

Makerspace evening to engage in STEM through planning, designing and creating.

Pinjarra Pre-School, Pymble

Investigating the impact of plants in improving air quality in the pre-school rooms. The students will research and choose the plants that would help with this project.

Plumpton High School

Leading up to Science Week students will lead a #hashtag campaign, evoking student engagement and curiosity. A mural/tribute to Game changers/Change Makers will be installed which will include pictures of scientists and innovators.

Port Macquarie Community Preschool

Science Fair – Through a science fair, students will engage in a variety interactive learning experiences.

Prairiewood High School

Importance of sustainability – We will use specialised yellow bins for students to dispose of recyclable drink containers that are eligible for a 10c refund. The money generated from this initiative will go towards the installation of filtered taps which will be installed around the school.

Rozelle Public School

Plants – Propogation of succulents in glass jars (terrariums). Hands on examination/observation of roots, stems and leaves. Learning about plant care.

Sathya Sai College

Water Bottle Rocket Launch – The aim of this activity is to create a bottle rocket that will fly straight and stay in air for as long as possible. Students will make rockets using plastic bottles and use cardboard as fins and nose cones.

Seaham Preschool

Create an area for conducting open-ended science activities on a regular basis with an emphasis on light, patterns and life cycles of animals/insects for Science Week.

Shellharbour Anglican College

Students will conduct a series of experiments regarding various aspects of vehicle design. Experimental data will be processed mathematically to find optimal values and the Design Process (DT) will be used to design the actual cars.

Shine Bright Early Learning Centre

Science Fair – ‘Ideas that changed the world as we know it’ including hands-on experiences in the areas of technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine, marine science and agriculture.

Shore Preparatory School

Year 6 students will design interactive projects using Makey Makey kits. These projects will then be shared with students in Years 3, 4 and 5 during Science Week in a Science Fair experience.

Smith’s Hill High School

Students will build shoebox-sized, balloon powered cars and race them. They will also design and build robotic arms.

Soldiers Point Public School

A ‘Creating Tomorrow’s World’ Construction Day.

South Wagga Public School

STEM Day – Students will investigate the properties of matter through guided lessons which will provide them with the background knowledge to lead and support younger students.

Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School

Science innovation challenge with engineering tasks including constructing catapults that can launch a tennis ball into a 2m-diametre basket from set distances.

St Bede’s Catholic College

Science Fair – Students will be offered opportunities to make links with their learning, locally and globally, and to develop partnerships with community members.

St Catherine’s Catholic College Singleton

Festival of Science – K-2 students will participate in hands-on activities and experiments, including dissections, pH indicators, elephant toothpaste, stick insects/reptiles.

St Francis Catholic College

Years 5-8 will conduct eye dissections and learn about the work of Fred Hollows in restoring vision. Years 3-4 will conduct STEM challenges such as building bridges and boats to hold the most weigh. K-2 will take part in STEM challenges.

St Francis Xavier Primary School

Students will be running a variety of hands-on activities demonstrating various science investigations. The activities will cover mixing colours, melting, making and learning about fossils, mirror pebbles, sink or float, making 3-D wooden rockets and slime.

St Ives Preschool Kindergarten

‘Science is Easy’ – Exploring simple science with an invited family member or special friend. Stations will be set up to explore light/ colour and sound, magnets, electricity and movement.

St John Vianney Primary School Morisset

School Science Fair.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School South, Murwillumbah

Joey’s Kids Teach Coding Day – A day for family members to learn from their children about coding – what it looks like, how it works and its uses in the real world.

St Joseph’s Primary School East, Maitland

Step into STEM – Students from Kindergarten through to Year 6 will be involved in a variety of activities to engage them in the discovery of science, and living in the shoes of change makers.

St Mary’s Primary, Grafton

Each class will participate in STEM activities to explore the impact that science, engineering, technology and mathematics has on their lives. We will develop a makerspace culture within the school community through making, learning, exploring and sharing using low tech tools.

St Mary’s Primary School, Warners Bay

National Science Week STEM Buddy Challenges – Students from K-6 will participate in a morning of STEM challenges at school.

St Matthew’s Catholic School

Students will investigate eco-friendly building designs that could be incorporated into the design of a ‘future/new school’ and will produce the design plan for one component.

St Peter’s Primary School Stockton

Bridge building – Students will investigate natural and processed materials to build a bridge to meet set criteria.

Tara Anglican School for Girls

‘Close Encounters’ will be a night to celebrate all things astronomy, which will be run by our SPOT (Space Odyssey Team) club members and will feature lectures and Q&A sessions with invited astronomers, telescope viewing, activities for younger children, a planetarium and even a few Star Wars-related surprises.

The Channon Public School

Students will conduct science and engineering activities. The students will prepare their presentations in small groups and present scientific reports while conducting their experiments to their fellow peers, the staff and wider community.

The Crescent School

Around the house science fun – Students will use STEM activity boxes appropriate for our special school students. They will conduct experiments relating to pushing and pulling objects.

The Rivers Secondary College Richmond River High Campus

Students will explore Scinema, robotics, stem cell ethics, plant genetics, the use of bionics and will create graffiti art.


Robotics across all year levels – Upper primary will mentor and teach the early years students using WeDo kits.

Tucabia Public School

A showcase of coding and robots in the K-2 classroom environment through problem solving real life situations. K-2 will demonstrate to a community audience real life problems they have identified and will explain how they chose to use robotics to solve the problems.

Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Berkeley Vale Campus

3D printing solutions: students, in groups, compile draft designs on paper then design their product on Tinkercad, then individually 3D print their product and design a poster which explains what they have printed.

Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Tumbi Umbi Campus

Students in the Year 9 iSTEM elective class will plan a range of activities to conduct with Year 7 students.

Warilla Baptist Pre-school

Activities will be set up to allow students to make volcanoes, flying objects, and shadow puppets.

Warilla North Public School

An Island is in danger of being swamped by the Pacific Ocean – Using STEM skills and the design engineering approach, makerspace equipment and resources gathered from the community, students will attempt to solve four challenges. PAR and the Indigenous community will be asked to bring their expertise and experience to bear in the designing process and to hear the student’s final solutions.

Warrawee Public School

Science Fair and Experiment Tour with guest speakers.

Willawarrin Public School

Students will undertake a variety of experiments and hands on science activities, including solar energy circuits, investigating contents of soil samples (taken from school gardens), using microscopes, and exploring changing states of matter.

Willyama High School

Various activities – Immersive VR experiences, neural knitting, paper planes throwing competition and science dress-up day.

Wilton Public School

Students from Years 4-6 will direct a Science Fair by leading STEM activities and interactive displays/experiments which will have been researched, designed and prepared in class.

Wingham Brush Public School

Game Changers of Matter – Classes will create a display focusing on a prominent scientists who have contributed to the chemical science fraternity (e.g. Thomas Graham, Robert Boyle, Joseph Priestly). These will be displayed during a Science Fair day and will also be shown during Education Week.

Woolomin Public School

Students will research revolutionary scientists throughout history over the weeks leading up to Science Week. They will then assume their scientists persona while people visit their exhibit: they will need to inform people of their research, demonstrate their discovery/invention/theory and answer questions from the perspective of their scientist.

Woy Woy Public School

Electric Vehicle Challenge – Students will utilise mini electric vehicle kits to explore solar power and the engineering challenges of making and racing an electric vehicle.


Acacia Hill School

Family STEAM Day.

Bakewell Primary School

Whole school Science/STEM Day.

Casuarina Senior College

Making a parabolic solar cooker.

Darwin Middle School

Science Fair.

Driver Primary School

‘Game of Drones’ Fair.

Durack Primary School

Micro Bits moisture and temperature investigations.

Forrest Parade

Change makers in our own Forrest garden.

Girraween Primary School

School farm open day.

Good Shepherd Lutheran College

Daily science activities during Science Week.

Gray Primary School

Bridge building competition.

Henbury School

Annual Science Fair.

Jingili Primary School

Primary Science Fair.

Karama School

Planting a native garden based on the Larrakia calendar.

Katherine South Primary School

Mad scientists meet-and-greet.

MacFarlane Primary School

STEM education program using Ozbots in breakfast area.

Malak Primary School

‘Science in our Lives’ Day.

Maningrida College

The Diving Tarantula Showcase.

Manunda Terrace Primary School

Whole school Science Expo.

Mataranka School

STEM hub day for surrounding remote schools.

Nakara Preschool

‘Wild Thingz’ – learning about native Australian wildlife.

Nakara Primary School

Rocket launching in After School Science Club.

Nhulunbuy Primary School

Where is Science? Science fair day.

Nightcliff Primary School

School forest – plant native trees to restore habitat.

Owen Springs Education Centre

Full day of science activities.

Pine Creek School

Science Week event with local schools.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

Rotation science – investigating and experimenting.

St Joseph’s Catholic College

Making an invention with ‘junk’ or recycled materials.

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School

STEM Expo.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Sustainability Superheroes Week.

Stuart Park Primary School

Special class lessons on the National Science Week school theme and hands on activities and a science show.

Taminmin College

Science Week Spectacular – a week-long event.

Taminmin College

Science competition.

The Essington International School

Science Expo.

The Essington International School

Building an aquaponics system.

Wulagi Primary School

Explore hidden worlds using microscopes.


AB Paterson College

Banjo’s STEAM Arcade, will launch STEAM programs across our Junior School (Prep to Year 6). During National Science week students from Prep to Year 12 will research arcade style games then plan and design their own arcade game made from mainly recycled materials.

All Saints Anglican School

To purchase materials to run the sessions, to produce a short film based on the sessions to promote science in the school.

Alpha State School

Who did it? Running a whole day where students, parents and members of the community have to solve a mystery.

Blackheath and Thornburgh College

Rural Futures – Game changers and change makers with guest scientists, Rural Innovation Fair, and family science evening.

Blackwater State High School

The Blackwater State High School Annual Science Night.

Bowen State School

Bowen Science Day – rotating science activity day.

Caboolture Special School

Science activity relating to push and pull using different types of vehicles and finding out which vehicle will travel the furthest down a ramp.

Capalaba Kindergarten

Creating a backyard pond (mini-ecosystem).

Charters Towers State High School

Family Science Evening/Science Experience Night.

Collinsville State School

Collinsville State School Science Fair

Deception Bay State School

Game Changers and Change Makers Fair.

Dimbulah State School

Dimbulah Science Fair – Year 10s will host a science fair with interactive activities and competitions to be attended by all year levels.

Dysart State School

Dynamic Dynamos – Students will use a dynamo attached to an exercise bike to generate kinetic energy, converted to electricity to power a ‘Scalextric’ toy car on a track.

Earnshaw State College

Solar powered cars.

Gaythorne Community Kindergarten

Science Week “Stop and Swap” experience – We invite our families to come in, engage with STEM concepts and support the children.

Helidon State School


Highland Reserve State School

STEAM/Science Night.

Islamic College of Brisbane

Primary Science Fair.

Jambin State School

Small Schools STEM Spectacular – Five small schools in the Callide Valley CQ, will attend Jambin SS to participate in a day of STEM rotations.

Jinibara State School

Game changers throughout the ages – Activities that link with famous inventors will be done in the Makerspace area.

Kingston State College

Kingston State College STEAM Challenge 2018 for Years 7-12.

Kirwan State Primary School

Science show, ‘One Little Spark’ to look into the game changer that is electricity.

Longreach State High School

Change Maker Science Festival for senior school students.

Mackay State High School

A week-long event of holding lunchtime practicals not normally performed in the curriculum.

Mango Hill State School

Inaugural Mango Hill State School STEM Challenge.

Millchester State School

Science fair for our pre school children guided by Year 5 and 6 students.

Mooloolaba State School

SolarBuddy Lights – DIY solar light kits.

Mount Gravatt High School

Digital Interactive Storyboard – Year 7 students will be asked to develop a digital interactive storyboard based on an historical or contemporary change maker.

Normanton State School

Our school robotics club would like to build and code bigger and better robots for robot challenges. Students from across our school both participate in robotics club or come to watch the robot battles.

Oxenford State School

Oxenford Riverland – Oxenford SS students will work collaboratively to create an imaginary new residential development nestled on vacant land along a section the Coomera River.

St Dympna’s Parish School

Whole day Science Convention – Students will be invited to research a topic of interest. Their display will be multi-modal and may involve ‘live’ demonstrations throughout the day. Although much of the work will be carried out at home, the children will be required to attend the weekly science club to feed back their research and display ideas.

Vera Lacaze Memorial Community Kindergarten

‘Building STEM skills through play’ – Introduce children to simple robotics and programming using Bee Bots and related resources.

Wadja Wadja High School

Study on the water quality of our local swamp area within the community.

Yeppoon State School

Yeppoon Science Expo will include interactive displays from Council and local environmental groups, along with interactive activities led by the schools STEM club.

Yuleba State School

Change Maker Science Festival for the entire school.


All Saints Primary School

A Science Fair of activities.

Avenues College

STEMlympics for Years 8 to 10

Cardijn College

Use SolarBuddy kits to investigate solar panels.

Clovelly Park Primary School

United by Science – Year 6/7 students will lead Science stations set up in the gym. These older students will have investigated and set up an activity/challenge using robotics.

Cowell Area School

STEM ‘Come and Try’ activities and exhibition.

East Murray Area School

Karoonda Area School students will join East Murray Area School for two workshops presented by SciWorld on light, chemistry, forces and energy.

Elizabeth East Primary School

Game Enablers Expo – Upper primary classes develop game controller and/or game for a person with a disability.

Elliston Area School

Science afternoon – Experiments, challenges and problem solving activities that students will rotate through in mixed age groups.

Faith Lutheran College TLS Campus

Creating wicking beds for our school vegetable garden.

Findon High School

STEMathon – Range of activities including STEM Shark Tank (Year 9), Avatar (Year 8) and Moments of Discovery activities (Year 10) to be showcased.

Galilee Catholic School

Galilee Youth Environment Committee (YEC) comprising of Year 5, 6 and 7 students will be organising and implementing a ‘Kids Teaching Kids sustainability and science focus on energy’ during Science Week.

Garden College

Science fair. Students will work on different projects on renewable energy, physical sciences and mathematics.

Hawthorndene Primary School

Students in Years 3-7 will work collaboratively in small groups to identify situations where the design of conventional game controllers restricts the access of people with special needs.

Highgate School

Science Expo – A science afternoon to display student entries into our school wide science competition based on the theme of science based games.

Hillcrest Primary School

Whole school STEM Challenge and Year 6/7 students will lead an experiment in classrooms across the school.

Kangaroo Island Community Education, Kingscote

Middle years STEM Day – Different activities related to STEM.

Kangaroo Island Community Education, Parndana

Maths and science challenges for Years 6 to 9.

Klemzig Primary School

Create vertical gardens with students as a lunchtime activity. Each class will have a garden bed to grow produce.

Loxton High School

STEM activities – Year 9 will develop a mechanical hand and make their own prototype. Year 10 will look at use of algae for food and energy production.

Loxton Lutheran School

Ships Ahoy! – The 3/4 class will challenge a local DECS school to plan, design and engineer Sphero powered pirate ships to transport doubloons.

Margaret Ives Community Children’s Care Centre

Parents with scientific backgrounds (such as pharmacists and vet nurses) will read books, share information and engage the students in experiments and experiences.

Morphett Vale East School

‘Science Alive’ day as a culmination of Science Week activities. Classes need to work together to create an interactive display based on their chosen topic for other classes and the school community to visit.

Munno Para Primary School

Gardens of Scientific Delight – Develop a ‘Bush Tucker Delights’ garden involving the Kaurna community and a ‘Sensory Delight’ garden.

Murray Bridge Preschool Kindergarten

STEM fun for girls (and boys!) family event with activities that centre on learning science through play.

North Haven

North Haven Science Extravaganza.

Northfield Primary School

Science Expo – Year 6/7 students will complete and inquiry research project based around a scientific question of their choice.

Nuriootpa High School

Using Hummingbird kits to kick-start the school’s interest by promoting the coding and STEM with a robotics focus. Students will be set a couple of challenges to solve a problem.

Ocean View College B-12

Nature by Play Design – Years 6 to 9 students will run a competition to design and build a nature play area for the school.

Orroroo Area School

STEM Around Us – A day where learners take part in a range of teacher, student and community run activities that investigate how STEM applies to our lives in a small remote town. Activities will include demonstrates, hands-on investigations and problem solving challenges.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Enfield

The science faculty will provide all students with the opportunity to be engaged in various activities and experiments for an entire week including a STEM bridge building challenge, a visit by SAAB Australia to showing latest technologies in augmented reality devices and guest speakers from Uni. of Adelaide.

Parafield Gardens High School

STEM Student Leaders Forum – STEM leaders from PGHS Yrs 8-10 and primary school Yr 6/7s will help run workshops (with specialist teachers) around a STEM focus including Digital Technologies (Robotics) for local primary schools.

Parafield Gardens R-7

Science Spectacular 2018 to celebrate game changers who have played a pivotal part in shaping the Australian scientific landscape.

Prospect North Primary School

Game Changer: Student Workshop Day – Students will choose 2 x 90 min workshops that student leaders and teachers will plan and run together based on historical and current game changers in various STEM fields.

Risdon Park Primary School

One Week of Wow! – Lunchtime ‘Come and Try’ activities for the whole of Science Week.

Salisbury Park Primary School

The History of Science Invention – Key inventions and discoveries made in science. Science rotations. STEM focus and multi disciplinary.

Springton Primary School

To facilitate a school partnership-based recycling system that manages the waste from 3D printers across multiple sites, and converts it back into usable 3D printer filament. This will manage waste from this learning resource across several sites.

St Augustine’s Parish Primary School

Science Week exhibition focusing on game changers and change makers.

St George College

R to 12 students will take part in a variety of activities including a display of student work (posters and models), a Science Challenge Quiz and science competitions (guessing what is displayed on photos etc). Science boxes will be developed for primary students (magnets, skeleton, microscope, toy car, plant).

St Martin’s Lutheran College

Investigating VR science apps and videos. Using VR clips on the solar system, glow worm caves and great white sharks.

St Spyridon College

Whole-school series of STEM Challenges to promote problem solving. Practical based challenges will be set for each year level.

Stirling Community Early Learning Centre

SciWorld Science Show then continue the science learning throughout the week with a range of science experiments across the centre, run by our educators.

Streaky Bay Area School

Science Showcases – Year 8 to 10 students will visit younger students to present interactive shows and activities.

Sturt Street Community School

In Terms 2 and 3 students will work on science/ technology challenges. These will culminate in a Science Open Day in Science Week.

Swallowcliffe School R-7

STEM Fair – Classes will rotate between the different activities throughout the day, which will include logic puzzles, building challenges, food science, coding and robotics, and problem-solving tasks.

Two Wells Primary School

Science evening for students and families – The science room and new STEM Works Space will be open. Students will present their work and our school’s proposal for the SA Schools Space Mission.

Uraidla Primary School

Demonstrations and experiments on scientists in action, biology, chemistry, earth and space and physics.

Warradale Primary School

Whole Day Science Fair – Students (reception to Year 7) will sign-up for various hands-on science experiments and hands-on STEM activities in 25-50 minute workshops throughout the day.

West Beach Primary School

Bye Bye Bushfires! – Year 5 to 7 students will be set the task of developing an anti-bushfire system using current and perhaps future technology to protect the Hills area. They will use technology, maths, science and art to create the systems to protect and regrow the area.

Williamstown Primary School

Science Week Fair for P to 7 students and families. An upper primary class will lead a range of science activities.


Albuera Street Primary School
Albuera’s 8th annual Science and Sustainability Fair 2018 – Workshops and booths will be created by each class to celebrate their science learning and give students the opportunity to share their learning.

Andrews Creek Primary School

Andrews Creek Bridge Challenge – Small teams of students will be issued with a set of building materials with the goal of making a small bridge across our creek.

Bothwell District High School

Science Fair – Our fair will involve our Year 7-10 students presenting concepts to our K-6 students. Students will work around the fair in small groups, on a rotation basis.

Bracknell Primary School

Family Science Night – We will invite our students’ families to an interactive night of age appropriate, fun, science curriculum related activities in our classrooms.

Burnie Primary

Annual Science Expo – All students will participate in hands-on science learning through a ‘kids teaching kids’ experience.

Campania District School

STEM Open Day – The whole school community and general public will be invited to view STEM activities that the students have been involved in.

Campbell Town District High School

‘Eggscellent Week’ – CTDHS is a rural school that has recently built an outside classroom. During Science week we would like to introduce poultry. Poultry would allow all grades to learn about biology, reproduction, food production and life cycles, whilst turning garden beds and keeping down the pests.

Dunalley Primary School

Be a Science Buddy – All students, Prep-Year 6, will be a peer teacher, teaching their student buddy about science in our school.

Edith Creek Primary School

‘Tell me a Tale of Science’ – The school will hold an open day where parents, grandparents and family members are invited to come in and share books (both fiction and non-fiction) containing science content with their children.

Exeter High School

Whole day science event conducted at Exeter High School by Year 9 and 10 students that will allow primary school students to experience the fun side of science while learning important science concepts of chemistry, physics and biology.

Hilliard Christian School

Kindy will explore a range activity stations with their class and their buddies from different year groups as well as participating in whole school initiatives.

Huonville High School

Recycled Land Yacht Challenge – Students from nine schools in the Huon Valley will be invited to design and construct ‘land yachts’ made from recycled materials.

Invermay Primary School

Interactive STEM Fair Game Changers and Change Makers – Our school will host a community event to showcase our student’s work in STEM and the value of hands-on learning activities and inquiry-based learning.

John Paul II Catholic School, Clarendon Vale

Whole school ‘Science Discovery Day’ where classes rotate through a number of activities and explorations learning about the many ways science influences their daily lives.

Kings Meadows High School

‘STEAM Real World Problems Challenge’ led by STEAM extension program students.

Mount Carmel College

STEM Fair 2018 – All classes, ELC to Yr 10 will cycle through the activity stations, set up in the labs, hall and in our makerspace.

Mowbray Heights Primary School

Science Expo – We will have many displays and activities that follow the theme, as well as individual teachers each organising a hands-on activity to share with all visitors.

New Norfolk High School

STEM lunchtime activities including a paper plane competition, science demonstrations, famous scientists quiz, science relay, science race around the school and engineering competitions.

New Town High School

Sustainable Science – A series of events will be held throughout the week to engage the school community.

Newstead College

Science Showcase – Primary and secondary schools in Launceston will be invited to enter a project of their choice that demonstrates a particular science or mathematics concept.

Port Dalrymple School

Port Dalrymple school’s first ever science fair for our primary students utilising a group of our senior students and representatives from local industries to run a series of strategically designed activities to engage our junior school in science.

Queechy High School

Tasmanian Engineering Firsts! A focus on a ‘local’ first – Launceston, in 1895, was the first city in Australia (2nd in the world) to be lit by a publicly owned hydro electric supply ‘Duck Reach Power Station. Students will design and construct their own turbine and check its efficiency by collecting data using electronic equipment.

Ravenswood Heights Primary School

Ravenswood ScienceCon – Whole day of science related activities for Kinder to Year 6.

Ridgley Primary School

Science Expo – Students will be challenged to plan and implement a range of activities appropriate to each specific grade level highlighting sustainability now and into the future.

Riverside Primary School

Local science experts from a variety of fields will be invited to come along to our school to share, demonstrate and explain their job and how it links to science.

Rokeby Primary School

Science Fair – The whole school community will be bought together for Science Week with an interactive ‘Science Fair’ to enable children and families to participate in ‘hands on’ activities that promote science in everyday life.

Rosebery District High School

STEM Family Challenge Afternoon – Parents and community members will be invited into the school to participate in several STEM challenges with students.

Rosetta Primary School

The Wonderful Women of Science – Each class in the school will focus on the achievements and impact of a significant woman or group of women in the world of science.

Scottsdale High School

Scottsdale STEM Olympics – Students from science classes will elect to compete in a number of school wide challenge tasks held in National Science Week.

Snug Primary School

Starlight Science Fair – An amateur astrological society will provide telescopic viewings and interpretation of the night sky for a community event.

Somerset Primary School

Making Changes, Making Games STEAM Challenge – A whole school STEAM challenge to develop a game or display, which highlights the benefits of reusing and recycling.

St John’s Catholic Primary School, Richmond

Science Fair – As part of a culminating performance to a range of science units, students in Years 2-6 will have the opportunity to engage/participate and lead a range of science experiments in our School Science Fair.

St Mary’s District School

A Science Spectacular Show and Fair will be presented by secondary students (with science teacher support) for the primary school classes. The community will be invited to attend.

St Paul’s Primary School, Bridgewater

STEM Immersion Day – A science experiments and investigations round robin day will be run by Year 5 students. All classes from pre-primary to Year 6 will participate and spend the day immersed in science.

Taroona Primary School

Bubbles: Lets Investigate! The whole school will participate in a Science Expo that will involve a range of bubble Investigations.

Trevallyn Primary School

STEAM Expo – Classes will display work, research investigations and provide hands-on learning opportunities for other classes to try.

Warrane Primary School

Science Fair – Students will be involved in participating in different Science activities over the day to highlight science and its importance in our lives with a focus on this year’s theme.


Alice Miller School

Monitoring bush animals.

Allansford and District Primary School

Cluster STEM action day.

Australian International Academy, Caroline Springs Campus

Gardening week.

Bacchus Marsh Primary School

Food for Thought Café – reuse and recycle.

Bittern Primary School

Water conservation.

Cape Clear Primary School

Building a small aquaponics system.

Carnegie Primary School

Talking to a NASA astronaut.

Chelsea Primary School

Working with a Korean primary school using the program ‘Zoom’.

Chewton Primary School

Working with an aboriginal leader and weed forager.

Cobains Primary School

Rural schools combined day.

Colbinabbin Primary School

Rural schools combined day.

Collingwood Alternative School

Developing a food garden.

Edgars Creek Primary School

Developing students’ own video games using tactile and ICT tools.

Elmhurst Primary School

Science around us, science above us.

Emmanuel College

Looking for the heat thief.

Epping College

Using digital technologies to understand real life situations.

Fairfield Primary School

Applying science to the global community.

Horsham Secondary College

Science Extravaganza.

J.S. Grey Kindergarten

Hatching chickens.

Macedon Primary School

Studying the environment using drones.

Maiden Gully Primary School

Design and construction.

Mentone Girls Grammar School

Female scientists meeting year 11 and 12 female students.

Mill Park Secondary College


Mitta Mitta Primary School

Developing a meteorological station.

Moolap Primary School

Bringing light to impoverished communities.

Mount Alexander College

MAC science showcase.

Mount Evelyn Primary School

Changing the behaviour of drivers.

Napoleons Primary School

Recycling plastics.

Northern Bay P-12 College

Biotechnology a life saving science.

Northside Christian School

Sustainability around the environment.

Notre Dame College, Shepparton

The fascinating world of insects.

Panton Hill Primary School

The creation of an experimental play area.

Parkmore Primary School

Developing a small community garden.

Patterson Lakes Primary School

Creating a STEAM experience.

Phoenix P-12 Community College

STEM reading and design challenge.

Port Melbourne Primary School

Creating a sustainable future.

Portland Bay School

Constructing an aquaponics garden.

Preston South Primary School

Looking at the environment using digital microscopes.

Rochester Secondary College

The world of physics involving the local primary schools.

St Bernard’s Primary School, Coburg East

Setting up a sustainable garden.

St John’s Regional School

Using VR to gain insight into STEM related subjects.

St. Michaels Parish School, Ashburton

How science can help people living with disabilities.

Stawell 502 Primary School

Making insect hotels.

Tawonga Primary School

Making pancakes using pedal power.

Tempy Primary School

Exploring space beyond the moon.

The King David School – Pre-school

Pre-schoolers doing science with their grandparents.

Warrnambool East Primary School

Family science night involving an aerial repopulation strategy, entomology and looking at jobs for the future.

Wellington Secondary College

Creating an enhanced species.


Bannister Creek Primary School

Super Science Day – Students from PP to Year 6 will participate in a tabloid science day.

Boddington District High School

Primary ‘Elastic-band Powered Car’ and high school ‘Land Yachts’ Competitions.

Churchlands Senior High School

Run 10 minute ‘Introducing (insert Scientists name)’ session in each science lesson. Students and teachers will take part in a quiz and vote on the top six science game changers of all time. Art classes will then produce themed graphic designs to represent each of the top six scientists work. The six best designs will be printed and framed and hung in a gallery walk in the corridor of the new science block.

Donnybrook District High School

Polymers! In a whole school celebration of Science Week we want to make different types of polymers.

Endeavour Schools

Science class rotations – Hands-on science activity in all classrooms.

Forest Crescent Primary School

Science Fair – Year 6 students will be organising science activities for the other year levels to participate in during Science Week.

Goldfields Baptist College

GBC Science Festival – A week-long immersive science festival that engages community STEM professionals with the students of our school and our community.

Halls Creek District High School

Science Fair and astronomy night.

Hilton Primary School

A day of interactive rotations that focus on electric vehicles.

Hollywood Primary School

Science Faction Carnival – This will be similar to a sports carnival but points will be awarded based on the ability to complete the challenges with accuracy, creativity and speed.

Honeywood Primary School

Whole school science day as well as lunchtime activities throughout the week.

John Wollaston Anglican Community School

Using Google Cardboard headsets, the Google expedition’s app and student smart phones, we will conduct a series of virtual reality classes.

Kalamunda Senior High School

A set of hands-on, engagement focused science activities to excite students about science during Kalamunda Day.

Kununurra District High School

Week long celebration of National Science Week including a bridge building competition, an interactive lab session run by our Yr 9 students for our younger students and science-based food for students to try in the canteen.

Leeming Senior High School

During after school workshops students across years 7-9 will research the application of new technologies and make predications on how these technologies will change the world in the future to address the theme of Game Changers and Change makers.

Mandurah Catholic College

Science Week Games Arcade – Creating innovative game controllers using Makey Makeys, building pinball machines and pool tables out of recycled materials.

Miling Primary School

Community Science Afternoon – Senior students will lead the junior students and parents/community members in a series of different experiments that they will rotate through throughout the afternoon.

Mundaring Christian College

Student digital newspaper launch and all-school communications day, participating and presenting experiences and activities to showcase different forms of communication.

Newton Moore Senior High School

Running MakeyMakey sessions, along with spatial awareness training and allow our Aboriginal girls STEM project to be showcased.

Oakwood Primary School

Garden Gala Day: create a garden area in our playground to encourage our students to observe and be part of the growing process.

Ocean Reef Primary School

Dream and Sail Away with Awesome Science @ Ocean Reef Primary School – Hands on science tabloid of investigations and a cardboard miniature boat building competition to implement STEM skills and to celebrate National Science Week 2018 along with our school links with the Australian Navy.

Our Lady of Good Counsel

Science class rotations including children creating beeswax covers as our school is trying to become waste free.

Paraburdoo Primary School

Paraburdoo Primary’s Science Spectacular – Lots of experiments.

Perth Individual School

Shared projects – Science Fair where students display self-directed projects based on the chosen theme, which have a participatory element for younger students.

Riverton Primary Campus

Whole school from P-6, including the Special Education Centre, will be constructing jumping bugs using recycled material and suction cups.

Rockingham Early Learning and Child Care Centre

Create a barefoot sensory path meandering through a sensory garden to provoke curiosity and conversation.

Roseworth Primary School

Whole school biology investigation.

St Francis Xavier Primary School

Parent and Child Stargazing Night with Geraldton Astronomy Group on school grounds.

St Stephen’s School, Carramar

All Year 7 to 9 students will research an innovation in the fields of renewable energy (Yr 7), transportation (Yr 8) and medical technologies (Yr 9), then build an annotated and labelled model of the innovation.

Wanneroo Secondary College

Wanneroo STEM Fair – Running an interactive, game-changing science/robotic fair featuring robotics, 3D printing, our very own student projects, chemistry demonstrations, physics and biology displays and other interactive activities such as virtual reality expeditions.

White Gum Valley Primary School

A range of Game Changers have been selected and an age relevant activity has been chosen. Bridge building, robot designing, boat making, forensic evidence collecting, animal creating, plane designing and making are just some of the activities planned.

Wilson Primary School

Four rotational activities for the middle and senior school, which will empower students to think creatively and critically about how to generate sustainable change. Activities will include making beeswax wraps (one per child) with the opportunity to extend this across the school and to even create a brand: ‘Wilson Wax Wraps’.

Inspiring Australia Grants Awarded in New South Wales

With the support of the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments, Inspiring Australia (NSW) will again present hundreds of new opportunities for community members across the state to meet science and technology experts at welcoming and creative events.

Established in 2013, Inspiring Australia’s NSW Science Grants program will provide $112,000 to support dozens of events to mark National Science Week 2018, which runs from 12-19 August. Grant funds will support science festivals in Lismore, Bega, Newcastle and Wollongong and other innovative events and projects delivered in Orange, Canowindra, Cowra and on the Central Coast.

Funds will also go to support large-scale family events presented as part of Sydney Science Festival that last year attracted 70,000 audience members to 185 events delivered by 65 partners.

“In addition to being fun and involving, the Sydney Science Festival program shows our next generation of potential young scientists how exciting, rewarding and important a career in science can be,” said Acting NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Dr Chris Armstrong, whose Office supports the Inspiring Australia program in New South Wales.

“They see how science and mathematics can help to solve global challenges such as climate change, major health problems or food and water security, as well as how they can help to shape our future through amazing new areas like artificial intelligence, robotics or quantum engineering.”

An additional $55,000 will go towards innovative science engagement projects across New South Wales throughout the year, including in Goulburn, Young, Picton, Nowra and small communities in the Murray region.

A highlight will be a three-day Science Tent program presented for a second year running at Splendour in the Grass this July, bringing cutting edge science and technology to the popular annual music festival that attracts around 135,000 young people each day to the North Byron Parklands.

The initiative will also support the presentation of a new work by new media artist and choreographer Su Wen-chi as part of Performance Space’s Liveworks experimental arts festival to be held at Carriageworks in October.

2018 Science Grant recipients in New South Wales

Among the 2018 NSW Science Grants recipients are several family-friendly events to be presented as part of Sydney Science Festival in National Science Week at Centennial Park, Royal Botanic Garden, Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan and Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.

Centennial Park will play host to Dinosaurs vs Superpowers, a free day of science where dozens of researchers will reveal the superpowers behind their research through a host of fun and entertaining hands-on experiences.

In the evening, Valley of Light presents a stunning participatory light painting event hosted by award-winning photographer Peter Solness, that will introduce participants to photographic techniques. Astronomy in the Park will also return to the Park in partnership with the Australian Astronomical Observatory

At the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, Science in the Wild will feature dozens of hands on activities including from Western Sydney University, Taronga Zoo and local science and technology groups. Secrets of the Seed Vault invites everyone to explore a plant science expo and Stars over the Garden will again be presented in partnership with Australian Astronomical Observatory, the MacArthur Astronomy Society and Shared Knowledge.

In the Blue Mountains, visitors to the Botanic Garden at Mt Tomah will have a chance to engage with science through exciting and stimulating experiences.

In Northern Sydney, community members will be invited to participate in a science showcase at Top Ryde Shopping Centre where there will be opportunities to experience science shows, electric/hydrogen cars, Virtual Reality, science movie screenings and talks. CSIRO will open its Lindfield site and there will be science activities, workshops and talks in libraries in Chatswood and Gordon.

Also part of Sydney Science Festival, University of NSW’s Centre for Ideas will join forces with Sydney Opera House to present a major event that will explore robots and the future of artificial intelligence.

Now in its fourth year, Sydney Science Festival extends the reach of National Science Week across the Greater Sydney Region with over 200 events planned for this year’s program produced by Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Australian Museum, with Founding Partner Inspiring Australia.

Regional National Science Week events

Elsewhere in NSW, Inspiring Australia (NSW) grant funds will go towards the Hunter Science Festival at Newcastle Museum and activities presented at the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens and Maitland Museum, including SMART Shows and solar electric car building. There will also be satellite activities presented in vineyards, breweries and libraries.

The Illawarra Flame Festival returns for a second year, moving to a new venue at Wisemans Park in Gwynneville. This large outdoors location with its rare grasslands and beautiful Flame Trees will set the stage for guided walks, local fire service presentations, physics and science shows, fire safety demos, tree propagation workshops, 3D workshops, Indigenous fire management and more.

In the Northern Rivers, the popular Arts vs Science Festival returns, having previously delivered successful festivals in 2015 and 2016. This full day of science, art and music will be held in the Quad, a new arts and entertainment venue in Lismore, and feature arts/science presentations, interactive science/arts workshops, art installations and live music alongside audio visual displays. All activities will be powered by the Southern Cross University solar sunflower, a unique mobile energy device designed and built by students.

Community members in the Orange, Cowra and Cabonne regions will be invited on field trips to explore scientific approaches to pelican breeding, farming and fish monitoring in the Central West. Using traditional Indigenous weaving techniques for inspiration, CAD drawings and 3D-printed designs will be used to create environmental management solutions. Following last year’s successful partnership that saw the production of three videos seen by thousands of people, all activities will be documented in videos produced in partnership with ABC Open.

In the Sapphire Coast region, community members will get a chance to experience Questacon’s Fascinating Science exhibition as part of a regional science festival that will showcase the activities of the Sapphire Coast Science Hub members.

Events held outside of National Science Week

In the Murray region art and science will collide in Pygmy Perch 360, a short film immersive experience produced to highlight the plight of the species, their habitats and water systems’ health. The film will be presented in three small communities of a unique 360 experience – a circular screen which the audience will stand within as the film is screening all around them.

In the Southern Tablelands, science, culture and art will be explored in a series of panel discussions with expert art and astronomy presenters and practical star gazing experiences in Young, Goulburn and Picton.

In the Shoalhaven region, Bundanon Trust will explore the theme of MICRO in Siteworks, an annual event held at the historic homestead on the banks of the Shoalhaven River that was home to artist Arthur Boyd. Turning their attention to very small things, artists Helen Pynor and Maria Fernanda Cardoso will be commissioned to explore the underlying science themes of their art practice. The full-day program offers a range of science talks and performances and offer visitors a rare chance to camp onsite.

Inspiring Australia (NSW) will sponsor aspects of the Performance Space’s Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art at Carriageworks in Redfern, with four public performances of a new work entitled Infinity Minus One and a keynote presentation by celebrated Taiwanese dancer, new media artist and choreographer, Su Wen-chi, in conversation with a prominent research scientist.

Funds will also go to sponsor the second Science Tent at Splendour in the Grass, bringing top researchers and hands on science experiences to this music festival that attracts 135 000 festival goers each day.

Queensland Grant Recipients 2018

Queensland National Science Week committee is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2018 National Science Week Queensland community grants.

This year was competitive, with many high-quality grant applications. Recipients receive up to $2500 for the seed event grants.

We encourage everyone who is holding an event to register on the National Science Week website.

Congratulations to the following successful applicants:

Mount Isa Science Exhibition, Mt Isa
Young People Ahead Youth & Community Services Inc.
Youth group in Mt Isa will use a variety of STEM activities to engage the local kids.

Rural Futures: Game Changers and Change Makers, Charters Towers
Blackheath & Thornburgh College
Building on success from 2017, this event will comprise four evening events aimed at local community with science shows and guest speakers.

National Science Week at the Tanks: PechaKucha Evening, Cairns
James Cook University
This community event will bring together guest speakers and scientists with kids and adults for Science in the Tropics.

Forensics – Fingerprinting Mystery, Bundaberg, Childers & Gin Gin
Bundaberg Regional Council Libraries
The Regional Council aims to create Forensic Science kits and run activities out of its libraries in Bundaberg, Childers and Gin Gin.

Gympie Technology Challenge, Gympie
Gympie Central State School
This event will promote coding and scratch programming for local kids through the Gympie Technology Challenge.

Inspiring Champions for Moreton Bay, Moreton Bay / Wynnum
Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre
A boat cruise from Wynnum into Moreton Bay will engage participants to boost knowledge of the local ecosystems.

Science Fest, Atherton
Tablelands Regional Council
Atherton library will use VR headsets to run a week-long event focusing on digital technology.

#STEM Like a Pat’s Girl, Townsville
St Patrick’s College Townsville
The program is aimed at teenage girls from around Townsville and Far North Queensland.

VR Fun @ the Rockhampton Cultural Festival, Rockhampton
Rockhampton Regional Council
Local library staff will run an activation at the Rocky Cultural Festival. Digital technology and VR headsets will take participants on a journey into science.

STEM for Seniors, Townsville
Stories Galore
This project takes coding and robotics workshops into at a selection of retirement homes in Townsville.

WA Small Grant Recipients Announced

WA Small Grant Recipients 2018

Thank you to the over 35 applicants who put forward incredible ideas for science week activities in 2018. We received over $60,000 of funding requests for event ideas from across Western Australia. Applications were reviewed by an independent subcommittee from the WA Coordinating Committee for National Science Week (WACC). Applications were only considered if the proposed activity met all mandatory, and any additional desirable criteria. The WACC was able to award $30,000 in small grant funding to 19 successful applicants this year, with the majority of our grant applications coming from libraries and community resource centres across the State.

Supported activities in 2018 include the creation of a science comedy show, podcasting workshop for scientists, magnetic science toy expo, armistice code-breaking, and ‘star-grazing’ activities across WA.

Congratulations to our successful grant recipients for 2018:
Western Mobility, Geraldton
Nannup Garden Village
Australian Science Communicators WA, Perth
Goldfields Regional Toy Library, Kalgoorlie
Dalwallinu CRC
Peel Bright Minds Inc., Mandurah
Esperance Library
Writing WA Inc, Perth
Mukinbudin CRC
Shire of Moora
Kulin CRC
City of Wanneroo Libraries
Murdoch University
UWA Gravity Centre
Wickepin Library
Cunderdin CRC
Kondinin CRC
Victoria Park Library
Mullewa CRC

Key Dates for grant applicants in 2018

Grant applications open
23 March
Grant applications close
26 April
Successful applicants notified
By Friday 11th May
Successful applicants send valid tax invoice via email
No Later than 31st May
Invoices to be paid
By 30th June
Logos will be provided that must be used on all event/ project material
After invoice has been received
Register your event/project on National Science Week website

By 1st July
Successful applicant runs event or project
August (ideally during National Science Week 12-20 August)
Successful applicants send through post-event feedback and reports
5pm Friday 14th September

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