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.

Click for details about Astrofest.

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


The Science Experience: 30 September- 2 October 2020 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. (BOOKED OUT)

Click for details on the Science Experience.

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.

To the Fireballs in the sky website

FIRST Lego League: Term 4 2020 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.

Click for details on the FIRST Lego League.


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.

Click for details about the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Focus on Mining Camp - Girls Tour to Goldfields Jan 2021 Experience career and study options in mining
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Target audience: year 10-12 students from WA schools

Five-day residential camp to Goldfields regions for year 10, 11 and 12 students – 18-22 January 2021

The Girls Focus on Mining Camp is a five-day residential camp for high school girls to experience what its 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 tour departs from Perth on Monday 18 January and returns to Perth on Friday 22 January. The program targets girls 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 Saracen Mineral Holdings.

Applications close: 5pm Wednesday 4 November 2020.


Great Science Share for Schools Looking for passionate primary educators to help kick-start a new initiative
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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. If you’d like to join the 2021 Community of Practice Working Group please contact



Indigenous Australian Engineering School: 27 Sept to 3 October 2020 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.

Click for details on the Indigenous Australian Engineering School.

National Science Week 2021 Get involved in National Science Week by attending one of the many events around the state
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National Science Week: 14-22 August 2021

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

Find out more about National Science Week 

Physics and Astronomy presentations for high schools Invite a researcher to inspire your students
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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 Sept/Oct 2020 Keep your kids engaged with Robo action during the school holidays
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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, from 10am to 3pm. BYO Lunch. Recommended ages are 8-15 years old.

29/30 September

  • Beginner $120
  • Intermediate $150

1-2 October

  • Beginner $120
  • Intermediate $150
  • Advanced $200

Find out a bit more here


STEM School Incursions/Excursions Limited spots available for Term 4
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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 the STEM Outreach office to discuss a school visit now.

For booking requests, please contact