CSIRO Lab Workshops

Throughout the year, we hold engaging workshops in our CSIRO Lab for young scientists.

Scitech CSIRO Lab Workshops cater for children aged 4 to 16 years old, with a variety of workshop topics on offer to ensure there's something for everyone. 

Some snaps from previous CSIRO Lab Workshops:

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    Workshops cover a huge array of science topics
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    Kids are encouraged to share their work in a friendly and positive environment
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    Experimenting and thinking outside the box is highly encouraged


April school holiday workshops

All events capped at 20 participants unless otherwise stated

Science of toys
Learn about the physics behind the functioning of kinetic toys and then build your own to take home.

Members: $15 | Non-members: $18

Times  19 April  20 April  21 April 
9.30am-11.00am  4-6 year olds
4-6 year olds
4-6 year olds 
12.00pm-1.30pm  4-6 year olds 
6-8 year olds 
6-8 year olds
2.30pm-4.00pm  6-8 year olds
6-8 year olds
6-8 year olds 
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Beginner Arduino
Come and learn about Arduino, the brain for DIY robotics projects. Learn basic coding and use it to create a Morse code machine.
Members: $20 | Non-members: $23
Times  10 April  11 April 
9.30am-11.30pm  8-11 year olds 
9-16 year olds
12.30pm-2.30pm  12-16 year olds  9-16 year olds
3.00pm-5.00pm   8-11 year olds

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Easter egg engineers

Just in time for Easter, design and build your own contraption to keep a falling egg from cracking. Engineer your creation to see if your egg can survive a drop from the highest height.

Members: $15 | Non-members: $18

Times  13 April 
9.30am-10.45am  6-8 year olds
11.30am-12.45pm  9-11 year olds 
1.30pm-2.45pm 6-8 year olds

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Circuit bunnies

Get crafty and creative this Easter and create your own circuit bunny using conductive thread to create a colour changing e-Bunny.

Members: $15 | Non-members: $18

Times  12 April 
9.30am-10.45am   9-11 year olds
11.30am-12.45pm  12-16 year olds
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Birds of prey

Get up close and personal to some amazing birds of prey. Then learn all about what these birds eat by dissecting a pellet. Be sure to bring your camera for a unique photo opportunity.

Members: $25 | Non-members: $28

Times  18 April 
10.00am-11.30am  6-16 year olds
12.00pm-1.30pm  6-16 year olds 
2.00pm-3.30pm  6-16 year olds 

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Out and About - NAO Robot ECU Experience

18 spots available only

This is an amazing opportunity to experiment with NAO robots; the leading humanoid robots in education around the world. Complete a series of mini challenges to teach the robots to move, talk, and understand advanced commands.
This workshop is located at ECU in the Engineering Building (map below).

When  Wednesday 12 April 
Cost  $50 
Age  Ages 13+ 

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KickstART Festival - BIO + STEAM =

The KickstART Festival aims to showcase the skills of young people, and empowers them to make a positive contribution to their community, through arts markets, workshops, forums and activities.
This year, as part of the festival, the CSIRO Lab will host the BIO + STEAM = workshop series. From creating soundscapes and sound gardens, to solar circuits, and DNA, there is something for everyone. For bookings and more information please go to propel.org.au/kickstartfestival/

Multi-week STEM workshop series in 2017

We are pleased to announce the introduction of term based multi-week STEM workshop series in the CSIRO Lab in 2017.

Your child will have the opportunity to:
• practice skills and explore their own ideas,
• build their self-esteem,
• earn badges and rewards, and
• make new friends with other like-minded children

Tuesdays: Robotics & Insectbots

Find out about robots and their place in society, learn how sensors work and how to program a robot to respond to the environment, learn the basics of coding and find out about a range of robotics resources that can help prepare you for an exciting future career in digital technology.

Participants will receive a Robotics badge and a programmable robot to take home.

When  8 week series: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6, 13, 20 
Time 4.00pm-5.00pm 
Ages  8-12 year olds
Cost $150 (includes all materials and supplies)

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Wednesdays: Technology and electronics – Frankentoys

Gain the skills that a maker needs to create a new device. Learn about circuits using wires and electronic components and use your new skills to invent and create your own Frankentoy to take home. Participants will receive their own lab coat and safety glasses to take home.

When   8 weeks series: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 7, 14, 21, 28
Time   4.00pm-5.00pm
Ages  7-10 year olds 
Cost  Members: $130 | Non-members: $150 (includes all materials and supplies) 

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Saturdays: Biology – Gross scary science

Learn about living things from weird simple one celled organisms to more complex creepy plants and animals. Look up close at the strange mythical microscopic living things, dissect animal parts, meet some slimy worms and scary snakes, eat freaky looking insects (if you dare) and feed primal flesh eating plants. You will then design a habitat to house some creepy living things to take home as pets. Participants will receive have their own lab coat and safety glasses to take home.

When   8 weeks series: May 6, 13, 20, 27 and June 3, 10, 17, 24
Times/Ages   10.00am-11.30am (6-9 year olds) | 1.00pm-2.30pm (8-12 year olds)
Cost   $150 per term (includes all materials and supplies)

Book now - SOLD OUT

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