Programs and events

Outreach event

Astrofest: 20 February 2021 Australia's largest star-gazing festival, held at Curtin Perth every summer
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Target audience: families

Astrofest is an award-winning celebration of astronomy and Western Australian science, held at Curtin Stadium on 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.

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CoderDojo@Curtin Coding club for 12 years+
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Target audience: students interested in coding

CoderDojo is a coding club for children with an interest in coding and programming. We aim to create an environment for like-minded people to meet and create some awesome things.

Curtin runs two CoderDojo chapters. One chapter is run  for children aged 12 years and older, the other chapter is targeted specifically towards children on the Autism spectrum.

CoderDojo@Curtin (Children 12 years+)

Sessions are guided by our Curtin student mentors, each studying computer science, software engineering or cyber security. This way Ninjas (children) can get the help of experienced guides to avoid the early pitfalls and get a leg up on obstacles, or learn alongside competent advisors. We also welcome parents interested in programming to come along and code alongside the children. CoderDojo@Curtin operates in the Curtin computer labs across eight Saturday mornings each semester.

The Semester 2 2020 program has now been completed. The program will recommence early in 2021


AASQA Coder Dojo

Curtin’s Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance run a parallel chapter aimed at helping people on the autism spectrum to leverage their potential in computer programming, robotics, digital arts and more. Ninjas (participants) can learn coding with various computer languages, robotics skills using Lego Mindstorms and NAO humanoid robots, and/or electronics using Arduino.

If you are interested in joining the AASQA CoderDojo please contact


Fireballs in the sky Citizen science: report your own fireball sighting.
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Target audience: skywatchers

The Fireballs in the Sky app allows you to get involved with the Desert Fireball Network research by reporting your own fireball sightings to our scientists. We use your reports to track the trajectories of meteors – from their orbit in space to where they might have landed on Earth.

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FIRST Lego League Teams build, test and program an autonomous robot
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Target audience: students aged 9-16 years

Teams of up to ten students design and build a Lego robot, and undertake a research project culminating in interschool and state competitions.Regional and State finals will occur in Term 4.

Named as a finalist for the Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year in the 2020 Premier’s Science Awards.

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FIRST Robotics Competition Join the pre-season this coming Spring
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Target audience: high school students aged 13-18 years

FIRST Robotics Competition is 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 across Australia.

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Focus on Mining Camp Experience career and study options in mining
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Target audience: year 10-12 students from WA schools

The Focus on Mining Camp is a five-day residential camp for high school students to experience what it’s like to study and work in the mining industry in WA. You’ll get to tour mine sites, participate in hands-on workshops and tour Curtin’s Kalgoorlie School of Mines campus.  The program targets students in Year 10, 11 or 12 who have an interest in science or engineering, and would like an introduction to the mining and resources sector.

Students from throughout WA are welcome to apply. Support is available for regional students to take part.

The camp is free with all travel, meals and accommodation provided thanks to the support of industry and the WA School of Mines.

Contact STEM Outreach for more details.

Girls Engineering Tomorrow Inspiring and supporting girls to study engineering
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Target audience: year 11 female students from selected WA schools

The Girls Engineering Tomorrow (GET) program targets senior secondary students studying high-level maths and offers them mentoring support, and exposure to engineering activities, courses, role models and careers.

The program will run for three years (2021 – 2023), with a pilot year in 2021. The program will be an intensive out-of-school course of 10 sessions of 2.5 hours run fortnightly over the school terms two and three at Curtin’s Bentley campus.

Contact Gina Pearse for more details.

Great Science Share for Schools Looking for passionate primary educators to help kick-start a new initiative
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Target audience: WA primary schools

The Great Science Share for Schools (GSSfS) is an international campaign to inspire young people to share their scientific questions with new audiences.

If you’re a STEM educator looking to enhance young people’s experience of science and their science capital, then this is the campaign for you.

In 2021 we’ll be launching the inaugural Australian event to support this international campaign.

Contact STEM Outreach for more details.



Indigenous Australian Engineering School: July 2021 Gain insights into the world of engineering
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Target audience: Indigenous students in years 9, 10, 11 or 12.

The Indigenous Australian Engineering School (IAES) is a five-day residential program. It involves a wide range of activities for students to discover how amazing engineering really is. Participants will meet engineers and hear about the possibilities both in the metro area and in the regions. Students will also experience university life while on campus at Curtin, interact with industry professionals through networking sessions and career expos and visit the sites of Perth shaped by engineers.

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National Science Week: 14-22 August 2021 Australia's annual celebration of science and technology
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Target audience: STEM-curious Australians.

Get involved in National Science Week by attending one of the many events around the state.

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Physics and Astronomy presentations for high schools Invite a researcher to inspire your students
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Target audience: high school students.

The Physics and Astronomy staff at Curtin University are available to present on selected topics at your school.

Please see the list of topics and contact the speakers directly.

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Robo Academy: January 16 & 17 2021 Keep your kids engaged with Robo action during the school holidays
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Target audience: ages 8-15 years.

Kids love robots, and we love kids who love robots.

Robo Academy explores the fun of using LEGO MINDSTORMS. Each workshop runs for 2 days, from 10am to 3pm. BYO Lunch.

Workshops are run by Curtin FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) mentors and students, and all money raised goes towards the Curtin FRC 2021 Season.

  • Beginner class – $120
  • Intermediate class – $150

Registrations close: 15 January 2021

Find out more here or contact Tim Keely email:  mob: 0401 103 520

The Science Experience: October 2021 Get a taste of science and engineering at university.
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Target audience: year 9 & 10 students

Students in year 9 or 10 are encouraged to apply to be part of the eye-opening, engaging and hands on three-day day program that exposes you to the large variety of disciplines within the science and engineering fields.

Contact STEM Outreach for more details.

STEM School Incursions/Excursions Limited spots available for Term 1
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Target audience: year 6+

Inspire your class with a school visit from the STEM Outreach team; hear from current STEM Curtin students and participate in a range on hands on activities.

Contact STEM Outreach for more details and for booking requests.