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National Science Week

School theme 2018 

Game Changers and Change Makers

In 2018 we will be focussing on scientists, engineers, technologists, mathematicians, designers and innovators of the past and present (and not just the famous ones!) who have and are making great changes to the way we live. We are taking inspiration from three 'celebrations' in 2018:

  • 200th  anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (genetic engineering, biotechnologies, prosthetics, bionics, genetic modification, brain enhancement and ethics)
  • 40th anniversary of the birth of the first test tube baby (genetic engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology)
  • International Year of the Reef (coral reefs and the scientists who study them)

Important resources

  • SCHOOL GRANTS. Apply between 26 February - 23 April 2018 (NB - We have an additional $24,000 to add to the grant pool this year!!!) FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY CLICK HERE. (Applications for 2018 are now closed)

  • POSTER FOR SCHOOLS. (Note: in 2018, there will not be a mail out to schools. The school poster is available as a digital file that can be downloaded and printed.) CLICK HERE.

  • TEACHER RESOURCE BOOK Game Changers and Change Makers. Available as a web-based digital book and downloadble pdf. CLICK HERE.


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. National Science Week 2018 will run 11-19 August.

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.


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. Note: Applications for school grants are now closed. For more information go the the 2018 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.

For the latest information visit the National Science week website and sign up to the newsletter for updates and follow on Twitter and Facebook

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