Category Archives: Science Week

Eromanga: Life in the Prehistoric Sea


In order to plan for the future Earth, we need to understand the past. Throughout, and around National Science Week, schools can book renowned singing palaeontologist Professor Flint to explore how we got to where we are across millions of years, and discover the extraordinary creatures that once lived in the ancient seas.

Travel back in time in an underwater musical adventure that explores the story of Australian sea creatures, and what it can tell us about where we are now, and where we might end up!

$5 per student. Minimum number 100.

Via email. More info online.

Available in South Australia. Suitable for school levels Reception to Years 4/5.

Global Gamble – school bookings open now


An exciting science enrichment, educational theatre performance to celebrate National Science Week and the 2017 schools theme Future Earth.

Global Gamble combines high energy sketch comedy with improvisation to entertain and educate students through a fun and interactive experience. The program focuses on four key science based messages encouraging sustainable consumption, energy efficiency and conservation, with a core focus on Global Sustainability Science.

During the 40 minute program, you will learn about energy and global warming through four comical and fact filled sketches. Global Gamble uses suggestions from the audience where the performers will build educational sketches, creating a unique and customised performance with each presentation.

  • How is energy efficiency related to resources?
  • What are natural resources?
  • What is global climate change?
  • How can we use energy wisely?

Schools Curriculum coverage
Considering whether an energy source is sustainable; how people from different cultures use sustainable sources of energy; how electricity and resources change the way people live; how human activity effects sustainability of ecosystems; causes and impacts of global climate change; challenges to food production from climate change; effect of climate change on biodiversity; electricity and the conservation of sources of energy.

School Strands – Science Understanding; Science as a Human Endeavour
General Capabilities – Critical & Creative Thinking; Personal & Social Capability
Cross Curriculum Priorities – Sustainability

Dates Available
Mon 7th August – Fri 25th August

Locations available

Show duration
50 minutes including discussion time

Years 5–9

In your school

$5.50 (+GST) per student. If less than 150 students per performance then a flat fee of $825 (+GST) will apply.

Call 1300 652 470 or via email or online.

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.

Perth Science Festival Youth Committee

Applicants wanted

Up to five tertiary students are wanted to form a Youth Committee to grow the Perth Science Festival. The focus for 2017 is digital communication.

Your role (with the assistance of the Perth Science Festival Team)
Developing a digital and social media strategy for the Perth Science Festival 2017
Implementing and testing the strategy
Assisting with the operation of the Perth Science Festival on 11 – 14 August
Other tasks as required.

More information (135 kB, PDF).

To apply, please submit a brief cover letter outlining your relevant experience or ideas, and a copy of your C.V. by email to Taylor Bartels.

Applications close 7 May 2017.

Grants available in SA

The South Australian Community Grants of up to $2500 are available now for activities and events in National Science Week that involve the general public; however they may also target business and industry.

Projects, activities and events that align with the aims of the SA STEM strategy will be considered favourably.

The grants are open to community groups, organisations, and businesses to help celebrate science. The projects should assist in bringing science to an increasing number of South Australians.

Download the grant guidelines (64 kB .doc) and the application form (80kB .doc) for more information.

Applications close on Friday 5 May 2017.

Looking for Unsung Heros in SA

Nominations are now open to find the Unsung Heros of South Australian Science and Science Communication.

The awards are intended to recognise those whose contribution has been significant over a long period of time but who have not yet received formal public recognition.

The Unsung Hero Awards will be announced at the 2017 SA Science Excellence Awards gala dinner to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 11 August 2017.

More information and application form (104 kB, .doc). Nominations close at 5.00pm ACST Friday 2 June 2017.

The Unsung Hero Awards of South Australian Science are a joint initiative of the SA National Science Week Coordinating Committee and the Australian Science Communicators SA.

Grants available in WA

The WA National Science Week Coordinating Committee’s small grants program supported 22 activities in 2016 which engaged over 4300 West Australians in National Science Week. In 2017, we aim to further increase the footprint of community science engagement across the state.

The committee is offering TWO types of event grants in 2017.

Small grants

Support for up to $2000 (ex GST) is available for organisations to run community activities. To submit an application use the online form.

A preview of the form is provided to help you prepare your application (PDF, 240 kB).

Micro grants

Support for up to $500 (ex GST) is available for Community Resource Centres. To submit an application use the online form.

A preview of the form is provided to help you prepare your application (PDF, 240 kB).

Purpose of the grants

The purpose of these grants is to facilitate new events or projects that add value to National Science Week in Western Australia. These grants are not intended to fund existing activities.

Get creative with your events and projects! 2017 is the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development and school theme of Future Earth will provide platforms to get creative and address Australian sustainability science this National Science Week!

From astronomy to zoology, technology to engineering and innovation, National Science Week events provide the platform to engage with Western Australians through our shared love of science.

Applications that provide meaningful inclusion for multicultural, Indigenous or minority groups and collaborations are encouraged.

Past examples

Some activities run by successful small & micro grant applicants in 2016 included:

Robots! In My House? (Wickepin Community Resource Centre)
Science in the Garden (Nannup Garden Village Inc)
Make and Move – Robotics and Coding (City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, William Grundt Memorial Library)
Rockets! (Cunderdin CRC)
Orienteering – The Path Encompassing Science (Nungarin CRC)
Application criteria

Applicants are required to the following criteria to be eligible for a grant:

The activity engages the general public with an innovative and science based event or project.
The activity is held in August, ideally between 12 – 20 August (events may occur anytime during the month of August and still be promoted as a part of National Science Week).
The activity is free for the general public to attend.
Your organisation and other partner organisations did not receive a small grant from the WA Committee in 2016.
The grants can cover the cost of consumables, promotional materials, and costs for invited speakers if required, but not event coordination or staffing costs.
You plan to evaluate the activity by collecting feedback from participants.*
You will be able to complete a report upon the conclusion of your activity.*

*Feedback and reporting templates will be provided.

Desirable criteria include:

Two or more organisations working in partnership to coordinate the event.
Event or project partners with, or aims to engage underrepresented, or disadvantaged groups with science (e.g. minority groups, multicultural, indigenous, low socio-economic, disability, regional or remote groups).
New or emerging programs that have not been part of National Science Week before.
Creating an opportunity for attendees to further explore science activities in their local area after the event or project.
Using National Science Week as a launching point for a broader program or event with lasting impacts or outcomes.

Successful applicants will also be given the opportunity to promote their activities through the WA National Science Week Coordinating Committee as part of existing promotional materials. Strict deadlines will apply to this opportunity.

Grants available in Tasmania

The Tasmanian National Science Week Coordinating Committee would like to invite you to apply for seed funding to run a public event, activity or program in National Science Week.

Event holders may apply for up to $500 (GST incl.) each.

These grants are designed to encourage organisations and businesses that rely on science, engineering or technology as part of their everyday activities to create a public event that highlights and celebrates the fact that science is so ubiquitous and diverse and underpins so much of our society.

The types of events that usually take place in National Science Week include workshops, tours, lectures, demonstrations, festivals and film screenings – but please get creative!

Find out more and apply online.

Grants available in NT

The National Science Week coordinating committee in the Northern Territory is providing grants of up to $3000 to support events in the NT. A total of $15 000 is available.

Selection criteria

The proposed projects must comply with the following criteria:

Be consistent with the NT’s National Science Week objectives: the objective of Science Week in the NT is to increase awareness and understanding of the central role that science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship play in Australia’s economic and social wellbeing.
Target/Reach: proposals should indicate the geographical and institutional reach.
The project should be conducted during National Science Week or as part of an associated Science Week event: In 2017 National Science Week will be held from 12–20 August. Support will only be offered to projects being held during this time or as part of an associated National Science Week 2017 event.
Be innovative and value for money: the Grant Committee are particularly interested in proposals that have a new or refreshing approach to meeting the National Science Week objectives and achieving value for money.
Detailed budget: a budget including details of finance or other resources provided by the applicant’s organisation and other organisations should be included.

Applications should be submitted by COB Friday 21 April via email and with the attached form (.docx, 520 kB).

Grants available in Queensland

The Queensland National Science Week Coordinating Committee have grants of up to $2000 for Science Week events, as well as a grant of up to $10 000 for an organisation to stage the launch of National Science Week in the state.

Event grants

The Committee offers annual seed grants for activities undertaken during National Science Week. The grants aim to increase the awareness, understanding and engagement with STEM-based activities during National Science Week in Queensland.

You can apply for up to $2000 for your proposed event, which will be assessed on the following criteria:

The reach and impact of the project, for example the ability to reach regional areas.
Ability to reach a wide and diverse audience, particularly those with less exposure to STEM.
Novelty of the initiative and interest to your target audience.
The value for money of your project.
Your capacity and resources to carry out the project.

Apply via the online form.

Queensland launch grant

The Committee provides support of up to $10 000 for one Queensland organisation to host the launch event at the beginning of National Science Week.

The applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

The reach and impact of the project, including the potential for mainstream media exposure.
Ability to reach a wide and diverse audience, particularly those with less exposure to STEM.
Ability to incorporate the launch of the week by Professor Suzanne Miller, Queensland Chief Scientist.
The value for money of your project.
Your capacity and resources to carry out the project.

Apply via the online form.

More info

If you’re successful you’ll need to comply with various conditions including acquitting the funds in a timely manner.

For clarifications and questions please email Kay Lembo, chair of the Queensland National Science Week committee.

The application forms are also available as Word documents on request.

Windy Joules measures your renewables

Windy Joules electronics kit

The school theme for National Science Week 2017 is Future Earth with a focus on Australia’s sustainability science and issues that are unique to Australia and the region.

Farmers across Australia are choosing to invest in on-farm renewable energy sources to cut costs and reduce reliance on electricity providers.

A Queensland potato grower says switching to solar will save cash and give him independence from power companies and a dairy farmer in Gippsland said he was pleased that solar panels reduced his reliance on his electricity provider.

South Australia is heading towards a 50% share of its energy output from wind and solar, and the ACT government plans to source all of its electricity needs from renewable energy by 2020.

The energy sector has called for a national plan to transition to a lower-emission economy. While newer sources of energy (i.e. wind and solar) are currently more expensive than older forms of energy (i.e. coal), over the next 20 years those older forms of energy are going to make way as renewables and batteries become cheaper – and better for the environment

A recent study from the Australian National University said wind and solar can be that replacement, with water pumped up into reservoirs used to store energy and later generate power. A cheap, stable, zero-emissions network is possible for Australia.

Overland Sun Farming are about to build a solar farm in northwest Victoria and there are similar facilities in NSW and the ACT. Energy Australia has plans to build a solar power station in Victoria, a wind farm in South Australia and a gas-fired plant in New South Wales. There is a need for innovators to invent less expensive new generators that will lead to even more affordable energy from renewable sources.

Just how much renewable energy is there where you live? Become a citizen scientist during National Science Week!

One way to get involved is to collect and analyse data, and what better learning opportunity than to build your own data logger that measures light levels or wind speeds? A very handy tool for carrying out investigations around the home, school or workplace.

Created by MadLab, the Windy Joules science kit is purpose-designed for Australian conditions.

Guest blog post by Adam Selinger, Creative Director, Children’s Discovery Museum.