2017 school theme: Future Earth
The 2017 National Science Week teacher resource book will focus on Australia’s sustainability science and will highlight those issues that are unique to Australia and our region.
Future Earth launched in 2015 and is a major 10-year international initiative to advance global sustainability science. Future Earth’s 2025 vision addresses eight key challenges to global sustainability:
- Deliver water, energy, and food for all
- Decarbonise socio-economic systems to stabilise the climate
- Safeguard the terrestrial, freshwater and marine natural assets underpinning human well-being
- Build healthy, resilient and productive cities
- Promote sustainable rural futures
- Improve human health
- Encourage sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Increase social resilience to future threats.
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.
A poster and other information about Science Week is posted to every preschool, primary school, high school and TAFE in Australia each year, usually around at the start of Term 2.
Small grants of up to $500 are available – these are administered by the Australian Science Teachers Association and applications will be open from 27 February – 24 April 2017. The grant pool of $90 000 is provided by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
2016 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.
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
- 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.
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.
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 information.
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 (4.06 MB zip).
- A3 event poster (250 kB docx)
- A4 event poster (250 kB docx)
- Certificate of appreciation (2.89 MB PDF)
- Community notice listing (171 kB docx) and sample community listing (177 kB docx)
- E-mail event invitation template (77 kB docx)
- Event budget (102 kB xls)
- Event invitation card (327 kB docx)
- Event running sheet (179 kB docx)
- General document template (177 kB docx)
- Generating publicity (117 kB PDF)
- Media alert (178 kB docx) and sample media alert (180 kB docx)
- Media release (178 kB docx) and sample media release (180 kB docx)
- Running an event (137 kB PDF)