Run your own Science Week event
On this page you’ll find ideas for events and advice on running a public 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 the areas of science, engineering, technology and/or innovation; and
- Communicate the relevance of this area 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. 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 the first in our themed event booklet series and it helped to more than double the number of events held by libraries. It has case studies, suggested activities and heaps of inspriational resource ideas.
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 work places and schools by people who haven’t run a science event before.
Send us an email to request a free set of 100 pub trivia questions and some games (we’re keeping the questions and answers offline so that curious quiz participants can’t find them!). The questions are arranged into ten themed sets of ten questionse each. The questions and games are for adult audiences and are different to the Brian Break kits.
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.
The National Science Week Event Publicity Guide (216 kB, PDF) has all the steps for you to maximise your chances of attrating an adinece 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).
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.