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Astrofest | 29 February 2020 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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BASF Kids' Labs Primary students discover the world of chemistry
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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 2019 proved highly successful with over 750 primary students having the chance to discover the world of chemistry in August.

ConocoPhilips Science Experience | 10-13 December 2019 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 four-day day program that exposes you to the large variety of disciplines within the science and engineering fields.

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Earth Connections WA A chance for students and teachers to meet inspiring researchers from the areas of Earth, Environment and Planetary sciences.
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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.

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FIRST Lego League | WA Finals 14 December 2019 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 planned for term 4.

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FIRST Robotics Competition Join our robot building team this summer
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Join our robot building team to compete in Sydney

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.

Students will travel to Sydney to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition in March 2020. A cost of approximately $1500 per student will be required to cover flights, accommodation and administration for this trip.

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Focus on Mining | 28-31 January 2020 (applications closed) Experience career and study options in mining
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Target Audience: Year 10-12 students from WA schools

Four-day residential camp to Goldfields region.

A Focus on Mining Tour for year 10, 11 and 12 students will be held in January 2020. Applications are now closed for this program

Indigenous Australian Engineering School | July 2020 Gain insights into the world of engineering
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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.

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Mission Discovery - Perth 5-day space program with NASA
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Target Audience: Year 7-10 students

Over the 5 day program in July 2019, high school students worked 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
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National Science Week: 15-23 August 2020

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

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Robo Academy - January holiday workshops Drop the kids off for a robotastic time!

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

Held at Curtin University, 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 2020 Season.

January 24-25 and 27-28

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

January 27-28

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

STEM School Incursions/Excursions | Term 1 & 2 2020 [Find out more]

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.

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