Bring SCIENCE WEEK into your school

Science week grants

Did you know that there are grants available to run science week events?

How to apply

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2016 school theme: Drones, droids and robots

Cartoon robotIn 2016 we will embrace the ‘Technology’ in STEM, in particular autonomous technology, with the National Science Week school theme Drones, Droids and Robots.

The theme will centre on the real-world application of autonomous technologies in areas including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, medicine and space and deep ocean exploration. Of course, we will also look at how this technology has transformed our day-to-day lives – from robot vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers to automated pool cleaners.

Schools poster

The theme poster has been sent to every Australian preschool and school, and you can download and print your own copy (2.4 MB, PDF).

Teacher resource book

The Drones, Droids and Robots resource book is available as an interactive online eBook or via download (PDF, 10 MB).

School grants

Applications for school grants of up to $500 are now closed. The successful applicants were announced on 16 May 2016.

2015 school theme and resources

The school theme for National Science Week 2015 is Making waves – the science of light, based on the International Year of Light.

natsciwk_poster_2015The Making waves: the science of light resource online eBook is now available.

The book was prepared  by the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) teacher and contains an abbreviated curriculum map of the Australian Curriculum: Science covering years F-10. This has then been used to develop a curriculum map of light topics addressing most content descriptions from the Science Understanding and Science as a Human Endeavour sub-strands.

A topic from each year has been chosen and a full lesson plan has been developed around that topic.

The book is available as an online eBook or as a 88 page PDF PDF (12 MB) that can be printed.

The National Science Week theme poster for 2015 has been sent to all schools and is also available to download (PDF, 3.3 MB).

2015 school grants

Congratulations to the 263 schools that have been successful in receiving grants of up to $500 to help them conduct a range and variety of science activities during National Science Week. More infomation.

If you’re a school who received a grant, here’s a media release template (184kB, .docx) and an example media release (185kB, .docx) to help you promote your involvement in National Science Week.

Get involved

There are a variety of ways you can get your students, class, year level, school and community involved in National Science Week.

Your participation can be as simple as a display in the school library, or as complex as a whole-school science fair. A National Science Week event should:

  • be fun for the participants
  • be focused on quality science outcomes
  • be supportive of your science curriculum
  • encourage the participants to want to try more science
  • raise the general profile of science within the community

On this page you'll find ideas for help with event ideas and running a school event.Once you've organised your event, ensure that you register it in our event diary. Need more help? Contact your local representative from the Australian Science Teachers Association.


These documents will assist you in organising, promoting and running your National Science Week event. You can download all of the files in a single file (4.15 MB zip). Note that you may need PDF reader, word processor or spreadsheet software to use these files.