Programs and events

Outreach event

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

Astrofest @ Curtin March 18 5:30pm-9:30pm

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.

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BASF Kids’ Labs @ Curtin Week 1: June 23-30
Week 2: August 28-September 1

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.

Registrations opening soon!

Focus on Mining Camps Year 10 Female camp: September 25-29
Year 11/12 Mixed Camp: July 3-7

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.

The Conoco Phillips Science Experience with Engineering December 7, 8, 11 & 12

Target Audience: Year 9s

Each year Curtin Science Outreach hosts the Conoco Phillips Science Experience with Engineering at Curtin University. Students in year 9 during 2017 are encouraged to apply to be part of the eye-opening, engaging and hands on four day camp that exposes you to the large variety of disciplines within the science and engineering fields.

Date: 7, 8, 11 & 12 December 2017
Location: Curtin University, Bentley
Who should attend: Students in year 9 during 2017
Cost: $200
Notes: Accommodation and meals are not provided.

Find out more or download the flyer

Engineering Outreach Events

FIRST Lego League Perth Regional: Sun 12 November 2017, Curtin University
Carramar Regional: Sat 4 November 2017, St Stephen's School
Secret Harbour Regional: Sat 11 November 2017, Comet Bay College

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.

Robot Design

The technical aspect of the robot is assessed including design, programming and robustness.

Research Project

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.

Core Values

Whilst competing, the teams have to demonstrate FLL Core Values including Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® encouraging high quality work, unqualified kindness, respect and learning.

Find out more by visiting the FIRST Australia website or information on Curtin Outreach’s involvement with the FLL

Electrical Engineering School 10-13 April 2017

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 Saturday 14 October 2017. Build season to begin January 2018.

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 middle of March 2018. A cost of $1500 per student will be required to cover flights, accommodation and administration for this trip.

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Indigenous Australian Engineering School July 2018

The Indigenous Australian Engineering School (IAES) is an annual event, established by Engineering Aid Australia (a non-profit organisation), funded by their sponsors and donors.

The school will be held in the July school holidays in 2018 at Curtin University. We are welcoming applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from across Australia, who will be entering year 10, 11, or 12 in 2018. We are seeking students with an interest and aptitude towards engineering, science and mathematics.

The program 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.

Your experience will include on-campus activities and off campus visits to industry sites.

Please see the 2017 application form as reference until the 2018 application is released.

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Robofair 2017 Friday 22 September 2017

What needs to be changed? Robofair is designed to engage students in complex, strategic problem solving and higher order thinking – skills that are a priority for 21st century education. To demonstrate the intelligent information-based technology of the future: technology that is highly interactive, multi-modal, adaptive and autonomous.

This event is to be held on Friday 22 September 2017 in the Curtin Stadium (Building 111) and surrounding outside areas from 10am – 3pm for Years 4 – 9 school students, followed by a community exhibition evening from 4pm – 6pm.

With exhibitors including industry, higher education and also secondary education, this interactive event is a must-do for students and community members to attend.

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Engineering Immersion Program Ongoing

Target Audience: Primary and High School

Engineering Outreach tailor a visit to Curtin for your students.

Contact Engineering Outreach if you are interested in further information.

Engineering in School Project Ongoing

Target audience

Predominately Year 9 students.

What are our objectives?

  1. To raise awareness of engineering and what engineers do.
  2. To broaden and deepen student understanding of sustainability.

What will students do?

  • Research a developing country.
  • Identify a problem faced by a village in this country.
  • Design an engineering solution to this problem.
  • Produce a poster, report, presentation or a model to illustrate their research and findings.
  • As a school, collectively display their research projects through a trade display on the presentation evening.

Benefits to schools?

The students are graded on their posters, reports, presentations and prototypes the week before the awards evening.

Through working with the Curtin mentors, students develop a range of skills and understandings about developing countries, their living conditions, their environmental impacts and socio-economic factors. The students use their innovative thinking to create a sustainable solution using an imaginary amount of $10,000.

School requirements?

  1. A group of Year 9 students looking to be challenged and extended.
  2. A teacher willing to support these students through the process.
  3. A small cost to cover the mentor time to visit your students.

Total cost: $1,850 including GST. This includes two mentors for 11 sessions.

For more information on this program or to express your interest in taking part, please contact Gabrielle Migliore.