CSIRO Lab workshops feature hands-on activities that use practical applications of STEM, specialist equipment and are relevant, current and linked to the Australian Curriculum. They are designed for students in Years 7 to 12 and come with handy pre-visit notes to make your visit easy and successful.
CSIRO Lab is a STEM education partnership between BHP, CSIRO and Scitech.
CSIRO Lab school excursions
Workshops held at Scitech, City West, West Perth
STEM workshops available in 2019
Inquiry maths: Nature’s secret codes
Year 7 (60 mins)
Students explore patterns in maths and science and how problem solving and inquiry skills are useful for biologists. We will guide them in discovering how maths provides the basis for understanding 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 to operate Ozobot, how Ozobot senses its environment and moves in it, and how to tell Ozobot what to do using Color Codes. They will then complete a colour 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 lights and scientific equipment to conduct investigations. They will discover the nature of light and energy 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 cells and organs, 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 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 colorimeter 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.