2023 School Theme - Innovation: Powering Future Industries

Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), is pleased to confirm that in 2023, the National Science Week theme will be Innovation: Powering Future Industries.

This theme will incorporate the advancement in technology in all industries, especially using artificial intelligence (AI). This will involve the application and intersection between science and technology, making it appealing to STEM learning.

An accessible topic that is versatile, all years can engage with the theme of Innovation, exploring its growth and the ways in which a variety of industries have advanced the use of AI.

For schools, the focus science strands are Science as a Human Endeavour (SHE), Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, and to a lesser extent, Biological sciences, as well as the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority.

Students might investigate such topics as AI in major industries, advancements in renewable energies and data science, and the use of technologies to detect changes in the environment.  

Encompassing topics of interest such as Medicine, Marine research, Agriculture, Climate Change and Mining, there is something for everyone.  The community, children and young people, teachers of all levels, mums and dads, academics, industry, and businesses can engage with the theme.

National Science Week will take place from 12 to 20 August in 2023.

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.

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 for the 2022 grant round have now closed. Please check back in early 2023 for details of the 2023 grant round.

Go to a National Science Week in-person or virtual event

  • Approximately 1000 events take place around Australia during National Science Week each year, including those delivered by universities, schools, museums and science centres. Enjoy a range of activities in your region or online at home. 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. Visit the National Science Week website to discover what events are available in 2023.

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. This is published prior to National Science Week each year to allow teachers an opportunity to research and plan for their Science Week activities.  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 Deep Blue: Innovation for the Future of Our Oceans. These are available free of charge from the National Science Week Books and Resources link at the top of this page as electronic downloads.

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

For more information please contact your state or territory coordinator

State Coordinator Association Email
Delese Brewster
Veronica Wiley
Josephine Cali
To be advised
Katie Gloede
NSWk TAS Coordinator
Ann Pisarevsky
Lauren Pascoe

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Email : asta@asta.edu.au
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