Programs and events
Astrofest: 20 February 2021 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: students 12 years old and older
Coderdojo coding club is looking for kids aged 12-17 with an interest in programming. 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.
We aim to create an environment for like-minded people to meet and create some awesome things. Sessions will be guided by our Curtin student mentors, each studying computer science, software engineering or cyber security. This way Ninjas 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 kids.
The Dojo will operate in the Curtin Engineering computer labs across eight Saturday mornings in the second semester.
The 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 Science Experience.
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.
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.
Great Science Share for Schools 2020 What's in my GSSfS backpack? Photo Competition for 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 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.
This year pivoted to an online format with students uploading their investigations on the GSSfS website and sharing through social media – check them out here. At Curtin we launched the inaugural Australian program with a Facebook photo competition: What’s in my GSSfS backpack? Congratulations to Ms Devadas’ Year 2 class at Rostrata Primary School who were the winners of the competition, receiving the most likes for their photo.
Curtin looks forward to continuing our participation in the campaign with a live event in 2021.
Indigenous Australian Engineering School: 27 Sept to 3 Oct, 2020 Gain insights into the world of engineering
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.
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.
Robo Academy July 2020 Keep your kids engaged with Robo action during the school holidays
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.
- Beginner $120
- Intermediate $150
- Beginner $120
- Intermediate $150
- Advanced $200
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.