CSIRO Lab workshops engage students in practical applications of STEM through hands-on experimenting, specialist equipment, and exciting real-world content. Workshops are designed for students in Years 7 to 12 and are relevant, current and linked to the Australian Curriculum. CSIRO Lab is a STEM education partnership between BHP, CSIRO and Scitech.
CSIRO STEM workshops available for excursions in 2019
Workshops held at Scitech, City West, West Perth
Inquiry maths: Nature’s secret codes
Year 7 (60 mins)
Students explore how collecting data about the world can reveal patterns. They will discover how maths provides the basis for understanding structural patterns in the natural world.
Mathematics –Patterns & Algebra, Number and Place Value
Science - Biological Sciences, Science Inquiry Skills.
Digital Technology: Ozobots – Colour coding
Years 7 - 9 (60 mins)
Students will learn about robots and their place in research and society. They will then learn how Ozobot moves and senses its environment, and how to give Ozobot commands using colour codes. They will then complete a coding challenge to apply their new skills in a practical way.
Digital Technologies, Physical Sciences, Science as a Human Endeavour, ICT Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking
Physical Sciences: Light, energy, action
Years 7 - 10 (60 - 90 mins)
Students will use scientific equipment to conduct investigations into the nature of light and other forms of energy. They will discover by making observations, recording data, analysing results and presenting the findings.
Physical Sciences, Science Inquiry Skills, Science as a Human Endeavour, Numeracy
Investigating: CSI Forensic Science – The heist
Years 7 - 12 (60 mins)
Students will use science inquiry skills to investigate evidence collected from the scene of a crime at a museum where a heist has taken place. An ancient Egyptian urn has been stolen and there are several suspects. Students make observations, analyse results and develop explanations based on the evidence.
Science Inquiry Skills, Science as a Human Endeavour
Biological Sciences: Microscopic biology
Years 7 - 10 (60 mins)
Students will use digital microscopes to observe adaptions of plant leaves, identify reproductive parts of flowers and classify insect larvae.
Biological Sciences, Science Inquiry Skills, ICT Capability, Digital Technologies, Science as a Human Endeavour
Design and Technologies: littleBitsTM designers
Years 7 - 12 (60 - 90 mins)
Students will be using engineering and design skills to create an electronic prototype by thinking, making, trying and refining, while investigating how electrical energy can control movement and light. Real world engineering and tinkering.
Design and Technologies, ICT Capability, Physical Science, Science as a Human Endeavour, Critical and Creative Thinking
Chemical Sciences: Geochemists at work
Years 7 - 10 (60 - 90 mins)
Is it iron? Students will conduct a chemical assay to test some metals, soils and ores to determine if they contain iron. They will use real scientific equipment such as a centrifuge and learn about mineral resources, chemical reactions and chemical properties of minerals relevant to Western Australia.
Chemical Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, Science Inquiry Skills, Science as a Human Endeavour
Chemical Sciences: States of matter
Years 7 - 8 (60 minutes)
Solids, liquids and gases can be very intriguing when conducting hands-on experiments. Students compare particle behaviour and properties of materials, identify physical changes and explore unusual substances including slime.
Chemical Sciences, Science Inquiry Skills, Science as a Human Endeavour
To send a booking enquiry or for a copy of the 2019 workshop schedule, click on the link below or call 9215 0740.