National Science Week 2016

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of Science and Technology, held from the 13th to the 21st of August.

Each year, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres. These events attract a wide audience from children to adults, and science amateurs to professionals. Over one million people participate in science events across the nation.

Established in 1997, National Science Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists’ to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.

This year, there are hundreds of exciting STEM workshops across Australia that showcase Digital Technologies and provide hands-on learning opportunities for all ages! These events could be the perfect opportunity for an excursion, or something to promote to families as a way to increase their understanding of STEM learning and STEM careers. Below, we highlight just a sneak peak of what is on offer!

Robots and Drones Challenge – WA

Year 9 and 10 students will develop higher order robotic manipulation skills and will provide a lesson to Year 5, 6, 7 & 8 students and develop a series of challenges to determine the best student group, with prizes being awarded in several categories. Robots and Drones Challenge Event Open external site link in new window

Old MacDonald had a Drone – TAS

How is technology changing the daily practices of our local farmers? Forest Primary School students will create research projects and models of technologies. Work will be displayed at the annual municipal Circular Head Science Gig on Monday 15 August and at a school based event on Thursday 18 August. Old MacDonald had a Drone Event Open external site link in new window

Be an Inventor with LittleBits – NSW

Invent and create in this free, maker workshop that offers kids aged 8-11 an introduction to electronics and robotics in a fun and interactive environment. Be an Inventor with LittleBits Event Open external site link in new window

These are just three examples of the interesting events on offer!

Find more information and your local events at the National Science Week Website Open external site link in new window

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