Join us these School Holidays for spectacular science fun – online! Two weeks of interactive workshops, shows and family webinars to keep kids entertained, energized and engaged during the lockdown break.
Interactive STEM Workshops
Starting Monday 20 September, join us for a different hands-on STEM activity each weekday morning via Zoom. Only $7 per session!
N.B. Workshops recommended for ages 6-12 with an accompanying adult. You will be able to find most materials in your pantry or craft cupboards at home (or purchase on your regular supermarket shop). Zoom links for sessions will be emailed out on the evening prior to each workshop.
Calling all junior astronauts! Join us as we design and launch three incredible rockets using simple items from around the house. Are you ready to blast off?
You will need: paper, textas, scissors, eco/paper straws, balloons, string, tape, measuring tape, plastic pipette (optional), small container with sealable/non screw lid (e.g. film canister, Play Doh tub, mini M&Ms or Berroca/Hydrolyte tube), water, white vinegar, bowl, spoon, paper towel, safety glasses
Imagine you are the first kids living on the Moon! Join us as we take apart ‘space junk’ and repurpose it into weird and wonderful franken-toys. Get your tools ready as we learn about sustainability in outer Space!
You will need: grown up to help as needed, old/unwanted toys (e.g. electronic toys, plush animals, figurines, dolls), safety glasses, small Phillips head screwdriver, sewing needle and thread, stitch un-picker or scissors, tape or hot glue gun, google eyes
LEGO MOON MISSION
Attention all LEGO masters! Design the ultimate LEGO Moon base and test to see if it can survive the effects of a moon-quake or meteorite impact! Are you up for the challenge?
You will need: LEGO base board, assorted LEGO bricks to build with, LEGO minifigs, something to create a shake table (e.g. office chair on wheels, thin hardcover book or plastic lid with balloon or balls underneath), something to drop as a meteorite (rock, cricket ball etc)
Create some amazing glittery artworks that are out of this world! Combining science with art, together we will explore galaxies, constellation patterns and learn why stars are different colours!
You will need: Newspaper, paint smock or old clothes, sheets of dark coloured paper/cardboard (black or dark blue are best), star stickers, white chalk or crayons, PVA glue, paint brush, eco-glitter, old toothbrush, poster paint (white, yellow, orange, blue or red)
Back by popular demand! Invent three different slimy concoctions inspired by our Universe. Are you ready to get gooey?
You will need: Paint smock or old clothes, Kids 3-in-1 shampoo (thick), eco-glitter, star sequins, table salt, shaving cream, spoon x 3, mixing bowl x 3, measuring cup, plain flour, cream of tartar, hot water, cooking oil (baby oil or coconut oil will work too), black food colouring, glycerine (optional)
‘Out of this World’ Webinar series
Come and explore other worlds with well-known experts in science and astrophysics in a LIVE Q&A via zoom. Get your curly science questions at the ready for some family science fun! Bookings essential.
Under the Stars
Q&A with Dr Helen Maynard-Casely, planetary scientist from ANSTO
Wednesday 22nd September, 6pm
Aliens and other Worlds
Q&A with Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, award-winning astrophysicist and author
Wednesday 29th September, 6pm
FREE Science Shows!
Tuesdays and Thursday are for FREE spectacular science shows! LIVE streamed on Facebook at 1pm. No bookings required.
- Liquid Nitrogen – Tuesday 21 September 1-1.30pm
- Solar System Expedition live – Thursday 23 September 1-1.30pm
- Physical Phenomena – Tuesday 28 September 1-1.30pm
- Bubbleology – Thursday 30 September 1-1.30pm