Run your own Science Week event
We encourage creativity and innovation when planning an event. There are no restrictions in terms of topics, audience, venue or format; we only ask that your event seeks to fulfill the National Science Week objectives to:
- Promote and encourage interest in science, engineering, mathematics, technology and innovation; and
- Communicate the relevance of them in everyday life.
Event Ideas and Tips
The free Early Childhood Activities booklet (5 MB, PDF) features case studies of successful events as well as detailed instructions for other activities suitable for running in early childhood centres, playgroups or at home.
Once you’ve decided what you’ll be doing be sure to register your planned event on our website (even it’s not for other people to come along to – just mark it as “private”).
The Science Week character colouring sheets (546 kB, PDF) are able to used at a colouring station for young children at any event.
The Science Week Library Activities booklet (6MB, PDF) was published in 2018 and it helped to more than double the number of events held by libraries. It has case studies, suggested activities and heaps of inspirational resource ideas.
Craft events like Neural Knitworks can be combined with a talk by a local expert or playing a podcast to provide an up-to-date scientific perspective. Aside from making neurons there are different kinds of yarning events possible including crocheting coral reefs, knitting oil spill rescue jumpers for little penguins and creating mathematical models.
The Event Holder’s Guide (264 kB, PDF) sets out all of the steps in staging a public event for Science Week, including planning, event objectives, budgeting, venue considerations, insurance, promotion and media, as well as post event cleanup and evaluation. You can use the various invitation, poster and general document templates listed below and our official logos and characters to help brand your event.
Brain Break is a free quiz and activity kit that you can register for in the lead up to Science Week. It’s designed to be used in workplaces and schools by people who haven’t run a science event before. Registrations are usually open from March through to mid-July, after which the kits are posted out for use in August.
The pub trivia kit (660 kB, PDF) has 100 questions and some games. The questions are arranged into ten themed sets of ten questions each. The questions and games are for adult audiences and are different to the Brian Break kits.
The National Science Week Event Publicity Guide (216 kB, PDF) has all the steps for you to maximise your chances of attrating an audience and gaining media coverage. We also have media alert (165 kB, docx) and media release (165 kB, docx) templates and a sample media alert (167 kB, docx) and sample media release (167 kB, docx).
Our publicists produce a series of media releases through the week including for each of the states and territories, as well as event highlights for Indigenous, arts, environment, entertainment, food & wine and technology rounds.
Our guide to writing great event descriptions will help you to attract more media attention and a bigger audience.
The only way to really know what your audience thought of your event is to ask them. Evaluation can help you to refine your event for next time, better target audience promotion and help to secure funding support. Our evaluation kit has draft paper-based surveys for a variety of events and audiences, as well as suggestions for online surveys, observations and audience bean polls.
Need more help? Consider contacting your state Science Week Committee.