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.
STEM Workshops in CSIRO Lab
Learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) in an engaging environment. Practice skills, explore ideas and build self-esteem and confidence as you make new friends with likeminded peers.
Bookings for April school holidays open on 16 March.
All workshops have 20 spots and are held in the CSIRO Lab unless stated otherwise.
- Cosmetic chemistry: Ages 10-16 14 Apr
Learn about the chemistry behind cosmetics. Design your own lip stick colours and use a naturally occurring mineral to choose your desired sparkle level. Make your own coloured lip balm and lip gloss to take home.
Times Saturday 14 April 10.00 am – 11.30 am Ages 10-16 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm Ages 11-16
- Dinosaur adaptions: Ages 4-8 16 Apr / 24 Apr
Be a palaeontologist as you explore the amazing world of dinosaurs. Discover dinosaur adaptations and create your own dinosaur to take home or to send to hang in the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco in the USA.
Times Monday 16 April Tuesday 24 April 9.30 am – 10.30 am Ages 4-6 Ages 4-6 11.30 am – 12.30 pm Ages 4-6 Ages 6-8
- Luminescent Anglerfish – Paper electronics: Ages 7 to 12 18 Apr
Anglerfishs are famous for their use of a luminescent lure to attract prey. In this workshop you will learn all about bioluminescence and how to use electronic circuits and LEDs. Create your own luminescent Anglerfish; one to take home and one to send to hang in the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco in the USA.
Times Wednesday 18 April 9.30 am – 11.00 am Ages 7-9 11.30 am – 1.00 pm Ages 7-9 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Ages 10-12
- Cosplay coding – Make a wagging servo tail: Ages 10 to 17 17 Apr
In this workshop we will be making a Cosplay wagging tail to take home. After making your fun fur tail you will use maths to calibrate the swing for the servo motor and write code for a microcontroller to wag your tail. This workshop will be delivered by Dimity Magnus a visual artist working with prosthetics and robotics.
Times Tuesday 17 April 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm Ages 10-17
- Hackathon - Webcams to microscopes: Ages 10 to 16 19 Apr
Deconstruct a USB web camera and convert it into a functioning microscope for observing and documenting microscopic organisms. At the end of the workshop, you can take home your webcam microscope. This workshop is delivered by Devon Ward, an interdisciplinary researcher at SymbioticA, at The University of Western Australia.
Times Thursday 19 April 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Ages 10-16
- Coding ArtBots: Ages 7 to 12 20 Apr / 23 Apr
Learn how to program an Edison ® robot to draw a pattern or design. Create your own robot artworks to take home and to send to hang in the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco in the USA.
Times Friday 20 April Monday 23 April 9.30 am – 10.30 am Ages 7-9 Ages 7-9 11.30 am – 12.30 pm Ages 7-9 Ages 7-9 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm Ages 10-12 Ages 10-12
- Colourful chemistry – Acids and bases: Ages 4 to 8 26 Apr / 27 Apr
Learn about acids and bases found in daily life, what they are used for, safety around the house and how to use a pH indicator. Create your own acids and bases pH indicator artworks; one to take home and one to send to hang in the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco in the USA. All participants will receive a chemistry kit with scientific equipment to take home.
Times Thursday 26 April Friday 27 April 9.30 am – 10.30 am Ages 4-6 Ages 4-6 11.00 am – 12.00 pm Ages 4-6 Ages 6-8 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Ages 6-8 Ages 6-8
- So you wanna be a Youtube science celebrity? : Ages 9 to 14 Apr 28
Learn how to create a storyboard, and work with props and scientific equipment to demonstrate a science concept. Join us for this day of designing, making, rehearsing and performing a science show to be recorded on video with Adam Bennett, a professional performer and workshop leader in puppetry and theatre.
All participants will create a video that can be uploaded to the Scitech Youtube channel. 15 participants max. Please bring your own lunch.
Times Saturday 28 April 10.00 am – 3.00 pm Ages 9 to 14
- Storytime science – 4 weeks after school: Ages 5 to 8 Term 2
Develop science literacy skills and encourage life-long learning in this four week series that encourages children to get excited about books and hands on science. Each week, after the reading of a classic Dr Seuss story, students participate in a hands-on science activities related to the book topic. Topics covered include sustainability, biology and the environment, engineering, chemistry and acoustic physics.
24 participants max
When Tuesdays Term 2
4 week series
8, 15, 22, 29 May OR 5, 12, 19, 26 June
Time 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm Ages 5 to 8 year olds Cost Member. $65 Non-members. $75 (includes all materials and supplies)
- What are the chances? – 8 weeks after school: Ages 9 to 12 Term 2
Do you want to know the secrets to winning at games like tic-tac-toe or connect four? Discover the importance of maths and probability in game design, and use your new skills to design and build your own probability based game to take home. In this 8 week series you will explore probability, from dice rolls to how a computer is programmed to generate a random number. Participants receive a workbook, a lab coat, safety glasses, a participation certificate, and earn skills and reward badges.
24 participants max
When Thursdays Term 2
8 week series
10, 17, 24, 31 May, 7, 14, 21, 28 June
Time 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm Ages 9-12 year olds Cost Member. $130 Non-members. $150 (includes all materials and supplies)
- STEM investigators – 8 weeks on Saturdays: Ages 8 to 14 Term 2
CSIRO Lab’s STEM Investigators extension program involves a series of 8 lessons where children and young people are able to develop their science and technology skills in a range of hands-on workshops. Topics covered include investigating, chemistry, physics, biology, electronics and robotics. Participants receive an investigation journal, a lab coat, safety glasses, a participation certificate, and earn skills and reward badges.
24 participants max
When Saturdays Term 2
8 week series
5, 12, 19, 26 May, 2, 9, 16, 23 June
Time 10.00 am – 11.30 am / 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm Ages 8-10 year olds / 10 to 14 years old Cost Member. $140 Non-members. $160 (includes all materials and supplies)
Home School Students
Scitech is offering a range of workshops for home school students this term. There are limited spaces available now for children aged 8-16. Workshops for children aged 6 and above are coming soon. Click here for more information.
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