2016 school theme: Drones, droids and robots
In 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.
Applications for school grants of up to $500 are now open and close 22 April 2016. There’s a grant pool of $90 000 and applications are welcome from all schools from preschool to senior secondary.
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.
The 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 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.
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.
HELPFUL TEMPLATESThese 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).
- A3 event poster (253 kB docx)
- A4 event poster (253 kB docx)
- Certificate of appreciation (2.81 MB PDF)
- Community notice listing (138 kB docx) and sample community listing (172 kB docx)
- E-mail event invitation template (78 kB docx)
- Event budget (102 kB xls)
- Event invitation card (322 kB docx)
- Event running sheet (177 kB docx)
- General document template (176 kB docx)
- Generating publicity (198 kB PDF)
- Media alert (177 kB docx) and sample media alert (177 kB docx)
- Media release (177 kB docx) and sample media release (177 kB docx)
- Running an event (216 kB PDF)