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National Science Week

National Science Week 13-21 August 2016


In 2016 we are embracing the ‘Technology' in STEM, in particular autonomous technology, with the National Science Week school theme ‘Drones, droids and robots’. The theme will centre on the real-world application of autonomous technologies in areas including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, medicine and space and deep ocean exploration. Of course, we will also look at how this technology has transformed our day-to-day lives - from robot vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers to automated pool cleaners.

School grants 2016

Applications for school grants will open 29 February 2016 and close 22 April 2016. For more information go the the 2016 school grants page

What is National Science Week?

National Science Week is an annual festival of science that takes place in August each year. This celebration aims to raise the profile and increase the public understanding and public appreciation of science, innovation, engineering and technology, and their role in maintaining and improving our society, economy and environment.

In schools around the nation, thousands of teachers and students from early childhood to senior secondary levels contribute to National Science Week celebrations by organising and participating in a diverse range of activities and events.

It 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 become fascinated by the world we live in.


National Science Week 2016 - Drones, Droids and Robots

The theme for National Science Week (15-21 August 2016) is Drones, Droids and Robots

'Drones, Droids and Robots' poster for schools

A poster respresenting the 2016 theme with information on National Science Week 2016 on the reverse will be posted to every Australian school in April. A digital version will also be available for you to print out.

'Drones, Droids and Robots' resource eBook

The digital, web-based teacher reosurce book will be available here in May 2016.

How do SCHOOLS get involved?

Apply for a school grant. Schools can apply for up to $500 to help them conduct a National Science Week activity/event.  Applications open on 29 February 2016. For more details go to the 2016 National Science Week school grants page.

Go to a National Science Week event. Approximately 1000 events take place around Australia during National Science Week each year, including those delivered by universities, schools, 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, with another 160 000 taking part in school activities.

Use the ASTA teacher resource book. For National Science Week each year, ASTA produces a teacher resource book to help support and assist teachers in providing engaging science activities for their students. The book is based, each year, on the National Science Week school theme chosen for that year and is always packed with information, classroom activities, experiments, diagrams, photographs and websites.

Since 2011, ASTA has provided the teacher resource books as web-based digital books. Titles include - React to Chemistry, Energy Evolution, A Century of Australian Science and Food for our future: Science feeding the world. These are available free of charge from the National Science Week Books and Resources link below. Some past resource books are also provided electronically, but hard copies can be purchased from the ASTA office.

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