Programs and events
Find all the information on the latest major Science and Engineering Outreach programs and events below, you can also find further information on our Citizen Science programs and Teacher Professional Development programs.
Science Outreach Events
Target Audience: General Public
Astrofest is Australia’s largest annual astronomy festival. It’s a vibrant celebration of astronomy and Western Australian science, held at Curtin Stadium on the Curtin University campus in Bentley. With telescope observing throughout the evening, guest speakers, space domes, science shows, exhibitor stalls, hands on activities, Astrophotography competition and giveaways for the whole family.
Target Audience: Year 4, 5 and 6 students
BASF Kids’ Lab provides year 4 to 6 students with the opportunity to discover the world of chemistry through simple, hands on, fun-filled experiments that highlights how chemistry plays a role in enriching our daily lives. In 2014 and 2015 BASF partnered with Curtin University to provide this amazing opportunity to over 1600 students each year, and are looking forward to partnering together again in 2016.
Target Audience: Year 10 and Year 11/12
The 5-day Focus on Mining camps showcases multiple STEM areas associated with mining field and is provided free of charge by the WA School of Mines and industry partners. During the camps students visit mine sites, network with industry and learn firsthand the range of careers involved in the geosciences.
Target Audience: Year 9s
Each year Curtin Science and Engineering Outreach hosts The Conoco Phillips Science Experience with Engineering at Curtin University for 4 days. Students in year 9 during 2016 are encourage to apply to be part of the eye-opening, engaging and hands on camp that exposes you to the large variety of disciplines within the science and engineering fields.
Engineering Outreach Events
Target Audience: FIRST Lego League is for young people aged 9 to 16 years, working in teams of up to 10 with a teacher, parent or other mentor.
Each year FLL releases a new challenge for our teams.
The Robot Game
Teams build a robot using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit that they programme to autonomously complete a series of missions on a specialised arena and to score as many points as possible.
The technical aspect of the robot is assessed including design, programming and robustness.
Through the project, teams learn more about the science behind the challenge theme. The teams identify a real world problem related to the theme, research the issues behind it and propose a solution.
Whilst competing, the teams have to demonstrate FLL Core Values including Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® encouraging high quality work, unqualified kindness, respect and learning.
Target Audience: The Electrical Engineering School is targeted towards students in Year 11 or 12 who have an aptitude towards Maths and Physics and are passionate about electronics, computing, robotics, electrical power, and technology.
The Electrical Engineering School is a hands-on experience learning about the different streams within Electrical and Software Engineering by participating in fun and challenging activities. Participants will work with student-engineers and Curtin staff to learn and improve skills in project management, team work, programming, prototyping, electrical circuits and soldering.
Follow the link to the Electrical Engineering school brochure and online application
Applications to be received before 31 March 2017.
FIRST Robotics Competition Students will commit to 13 weeks of Saturdays for training beginning 15 October 2016. Cost to cover mentor time and consumables for this training will cost $250 per student.
Once teams are chosen, students will commit to 6 weeks of robot build beginning in January 2017.
Target Audience: A FIRST® Robotics Competition team consists of high school students typically aged 14-18
The FIRST® Robotics Competition is the flagship competition of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). A large-scale robotics competition, FIRST® Robotics brings together students and mentors to build robots that perform in a competitive but gracious environment against teams from all over the world.
This challenge changes each year, and teams are not permitted to use any robot part they built prior to this being released – so they have to start building a new robot every year. Adding to the challenge, teams are required to complete the building of their robots by mid-February, giving them just about six weeks to brainstorm, design, prototype, build, program and learn to drive a robot. The robots themselves are up to 6 ft. (2 meters) tall and weigh as much as 120 lbs (50 kgs).
Students will travel to Sydney to compete in the FIRST Robotic Competition towards end of March 2017. A cost of $1500 per student will be required to cover flights, accommodation and administration for this trip.
The Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS) is an annual event, established by Engineering Aid Australia (a non-profit organisation) and funded by their sponsors and donors.
For the summer school in January 2018, we are looking for 25 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, male and female, who will be entering year 10, 11, or 12 in 2018.
The program is an exciting week of activities to help you discover how amazing engineering really is. You will meet engineers and see how important it is to your community. You will have the opportunity to design work and other hands-on exercises that will develop your engineering skills.
Your experience will include on-campus activities and off campus visits to industry sites.
• One week long – Sunday to Saturday;
• Live-in – accommodation provided, travel to/from Perth paid for;
• Catered – all meals, drinks and snacks included;
• Supervised – Indigenous university students as house parents;
• Industry supported – site visits and industry representatives;
• Academically supported – exciting and educational activities every day; and
• Free – spending money is optional but not necessary.
Please see the 2017 application form as reference until the 2018 application is released.