Programs and events
Astrofest: early 2021, date TBA Australia's largest star-gazing festival, held at Curtin Perth every summer
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.
Click for details about Astrofest.
Target audience: year 5 and 6 students
BASF Kids’ Lab provides year 5 to 6 students with the opportunity to discover the world of chemistry through simple, hands on experiments that highlights how chemistry plays a role in enriching our daily lives.
BASF Kids Lab 2020 is travelling to Kalgoorlie later this year.
Target audience: students 12 years old and older
Our goal at CoderDojo is to help kids and parents learn about coding. Whether your child is interested in learning code for the first time, or has already started on their coding journey, we are more than happy to help out.
Each session will be guided by our volunteer mentors, who will help facilitate an environment where ninjas (children) can join in group problem-solving activities, or pursue individual projects. Having this help is invaluable in avoiding early pitfalls, and learning with others will be useful to get a leg up on obstacles.
For more details, please visit the link below
ConocoPhilips Science Experience: September 2020 Get a taste of science and engineering at university.
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.
Click for details on the ConocoPhilips Science Experience.
Earth Connections WA A chance for students and teachers to meet inspiring researchers from the areas of Earth, Environment and Planetary sciences.
Target audience: teachers and high school students interested in Earth Sciences
Earth Connections WA is a network of students, teachers, researchers and industry representatives interested in working together to grow student engagement in Earth, Environment & Planetary Sciences, and to showcase the diversity of people working in this field.
At the inaugural event in October 2019, 95 students and their teachers met with inspiring researchers, to hear about their fascinating career pathways and find out about the current projects they’re working on.
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.
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.
Click for details on the FIRST Lego League.
Target audience: high school students aged 14-18 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.
Click for details about the FIRST Robotics Competition.
Focus on Mining camps: July and September 2020 Experience career and study options in mining
Target audience: year 10-12 students from WA schools
Five-day residential camps to Southwest and Goldfields regions for year 10, 11 and 12 students.
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 teacher, school, parent or STEM educator looking to enhance young people’s experience of science and their Science Capital, then this is the campaign for you.
Unfortunately we are unable to kick-start the inaugural Australian program in 2020 with an event, but that doesn’t mean we are not going to get started…
Curtin University invites teachers of primary schools to enter our What’s in my GSSfS backpack? competition.
There is a cash prize of $500 for the winning entry.
The competition is based on the idea that when students turn up at a GSSfS event, all the equipment they need to share their scientific investigation with the audience should fit in one backpack.
How to enter the competition:
- Decide with your class on the scientific question they are curious about. For creative ways to inspire great scientific questions see https://www.greatscienceshare.org/getinvolved2020#question-makers
- Have your class think about how they would go about investigating that question (you can also carry out the investigation if you have the time).
- Imagine your class is attending a Great Science Share for Schools event at Curtin University on the international campaign day of June 16th. Decide on how you would have liked to communicate your investigation to the audience and the equipment that you would have needed to pack in a backpack to bring along to the event.
- Next take a photo of “the backpack” and its contents (equipment).
- Send an email entry to STEMOutreach@curtin.edu.au including:
- your class’s chosen scientific question
- a photo of your backpack and contents
- year level, teacher and primary school name
- your permission to post the photo and entry details to the Curtin University STEM Outreach Facebook page
- Once the entries have been posted on the Curtin University STEM Outreach Facebook page (from 8am 15 June) encourage colleagues, friends and family to “like” your entry.
Entries close 5pm 12 June.
The winner will be determined at 5pm 19 June as the entry with the most “likes” and will be contacted by email.
Entry is limited to teachers of primary schools in WA and one entry is allowed per teacher. Staff employed by Curtin University and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. By sending an email entry you have accepted the Terms and Conditions, see http://curtin.edu/GSSfS-Comp-TCs
For other ways to get involved in the Great Science Share for Schools campaign see https://www.greatscienceshare.org/getinvolved2020#get-involved2020
Indigenous Australian Engineering School: October 2020 Gain insights into the world of engineering
Target audience: Indigenous students in years 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.
Click for details on the Indigenous Australian Engineering School.
Target audience: year 7-10 students
Over the 5 day program high school students work in teams under the guidance of a NASA astronaut and world-renowned scientists to design an original experiment to be carried out in microgravity conditions on the International Space Station (ISS). The winning team’s experiment will be launched and carried out in space.
Over 250 students participated in the 2019 Mission Discovery program, with Team 28’s Worms in Space experiment selected to be launched to the International Space Station.
National Science Week 2020 Get involved in National Science Week by attending one of the many events around the state
National Science Week: 15-23 August 2020
Get involved in National Science Week by attending one of the many events around the state.
Physics and Astronomy presentations for high schools Invite a researcher to inspire your 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.
Kids love robots, and we love kids who love robots.
Robo Academy explores the fun of using LEGO MINDSTORMS at three levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Each workshop runs for 2 days, 10am to 3pm. Recommended ages are 8-15 years old. Workshops are run by Curtin FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) mentors and students, and all money raised goes towards the Curtin FRC team.
Target audience: year 6+
Inspire your class with a school visit from the STEM Outreach team; hear from current STEM Curtin students, participate in a range on hands on activities or hear from a guest speaker about your preferred subject. Contact the STEM Outreach office to discuss a school visit now.
For booking requests, please contact STEM Outreach via STEMOutreach@curtin.edu.au.