National Science Week
School theme - FUTURE EARTH
‘Future Earth’, launched in 2015, is a major 10-year international initiative to advance global sustainability science. Future Earth’s 2025 vision addresses eight key challenges to global sustainability. Abbreviated these are:
- Deliver water, energy, and food for all
- Decarbonise socio-economic systems to stabilise the climate
- Safeguard the terrestrial, freshwater and marine natural assets underpinning human well-being
- Build healthy, resilient and productive cities
- Promote sustainable rural futures
- Improve human health
- Encourage sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Increase social resilience to future threats.
The 2017 National Science Week teacher resource book 'Future Earth' is now available. 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 2017 will run 12-20 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 2017 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.
- 2017 National Science Week school grant recipients
- Prizes for National Science Week 2017
- 2017 National Science Week school grants
National Science Week Books and Resources
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Activity and Event Ideas for National Science Week
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