CSIRO Lab Workshops

All year round, on the holidays and out of school, we offer engaging workshops in our CSIRO Lab for young scientists, engineers and makers.

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

Inspire your children to keep exploring the fascinating world of science and technology at home by igniting their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with these hands-on activities at Scitech.

All workshops are held in the CSIRO Lab unless stated otherwise.

Summer Holiday Workshops 2018 - 2019

Glow in the dark costume make-a-thon - Ages 9 – 12 18 December

Come and make your own costume using electroluminescent wire. Design an item such as wings, a cape, or even a Santa hat, and wire it up to glow. Take home your spectacular glowing creation to wear. Please bring your own snacks and lunch.

When Tuesday 18 December
Time 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Ages 9 - 12 year olds
Cost Member $65, Non-members $75

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Claymation and stop motion animation – Ages 7 to 11 8 OR 9 January

NEW SESSION NOW OPEN ON 8 JANUARY

Learn about the science behind making an animated film including persistence of vision and illusions. Create a story board and characters to shoot your own short film to share with your friends and family. Please bring your own snacks and lunch.

When 8 January 2019 OR 9 January 2019
Time 9.00 am - 3.00 pm
Ages 7 - 11 year olds
Cost Member $65, Non-members $75

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Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning - Ages 10 to 17 10 January

Learn about the concept of how a computer works by creating a learning machine. Teach the learning machine to play a game and to “remember” just like AI (Artificial intelligence). Take home your game set up to share their learning machine with friends and family.

When Thursday 10 January
Time 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Ages 10 - 17 year olds
Cost Member $30, Non-members $35

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Invent your own Space Race board game – Ages 7 to 11 11 January

Children learn about the solar system, geometry and maths by building and playing a space race game. We will see a show in the Planetarium and then design own board game. Develop the space race game further after trialling it with their peers. At the end of the day take the game home and share the fun and learning with friends and family. Please bring your own snacks and lunch.

When Friday 11 January
Time 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Ages 7 - 11 year olds
Cost Member $65, Non-members $75

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Things that go pop! - Ages 4 to 6 15 January

What makes popcorn pop and bubbles burst? How does a pop rocket fly? We find out why things go pop by exploring the science behind the fun every-day world of things that go pop!

When Tuesday 15 January
Time 9.30 am – 10.30 am
11.30 am – 12.30 pm
Ages 4 - 6 year olds
Cost Member $12, Non-members $15

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Marine engineering challenge - Ages 7 – 16  16 January

Challenge your engineering skills with problem solving and critical thinking to build an unsinkable boat. As a further challenge can you design your boat to paddle itself using potential energy? Discuss your prototype design with our mentors and improve your design after testing your boat.

When Wednesday 16 January
Time 9.30 am – 11.30 am
Ages 7 - 9 year olds
Cost Member $17, Non-members $20
When Wednesday 16 January
Time 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm
Ages 10 - 16 year olds
Cost Member $17, Non-members $20

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Pawsey Supercomputer Tour – Ages 12 to adult  18 January

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre operates multiple supercomputers, data-intensive machines and storage systems that use the most advanced technologies available. Join us for this exclusive tour of this important research facility. Join us for morning tea afterwards, meet the Pawsey team and look through the exhibition space. Limited to 40 participants.

When Friday 18 January
Time 10.00 am – 11.00 am
Ages 12 year olds to adult
Cost Member $12, Non-members $15
Location Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington

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Girls in STEM: Penguin Rescue Engineering - Ages 9 to 16 19 January

Your challenge is to apply your innovative thinking skills to design a method to help the penguins get down an icy slope, over the Polar predators and escape onto the water. Challenge your engineering skills with problem solving and critical thinking. Discuss and build your prototype design with our mentors who are women working in engineering at BHP.

When Saturday 19 January
Time 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm
Ages 9 - 16 year olds, girls only
Cost Member $10, Non-members $12

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Viewing night at Perth Observatory - Ages 7 to adult 19 January

Experience our amazing night sky through our wide range of telescopes at our sky viewing nights. Our Volunteers will take you on a grand tour of the Southern Hemisphere’s sky with a wide range of targets including Nebulas, planets, dying stars, and enormous star clusters. You'll also be able to browse our museum and see historical telescopes as well.

When Saturday 19 January
Time 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Ages 7 year olds to adult
Cost Member $36, Non-members $40
Location Perth Observatory, 337 Walnut Rd, Bickley https://goo.gl/maps/LDq3n6iQnVy

Arrive at 6:30 pm if you want to bring a picnic to enjoy on the Perth Observatory’s lawn.Please note adults must pay if attending the viewing night.

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Does it float? - Ages 4 to 6  21 January

Can a rock float? Why does a sultana both float and sink in our experiment? Can you make a boat float out of a material that can also sink? Find out for yourself in this engineering and physics lab workshop.

When Monday 21 January
Time 9.30 am – 10.30 am
11.00 am – 12.00 pm
Ages 4 - 6 year olds
Cost Member $12, Non-members $15

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Mechanical Menagerie Make-a-thon: Ages 10 to 17 23 and 24 January

Spend two days designing, making and programming your own robotic pet. You will work collaboratively with a partner student over the two days learning coding, electronics and physical prototyping. Scitech mentors will teach you how to use Scratch to program a Hummingbird Duo microcontroller which will form the ‘brain’ of your robotic pet. You will use your creativity to bring your creature to life. You could choose to display your robotic pets inside Scitech for friends, family and visitors to interact with. No previous programming skills are needed, though creativity and a sense of fun are essential. Please bring your own snacks and lunch.

When Wednesday and Thursday, 23 and 24 January
Time 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Ages 10 to 17 year olds
Cost Member $130, Non-members $150

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Things that blow up! Ages 7 to 14 30 January

By popular demand: Why do explosions happen? Learn about the physics and chemistry behind explosions in the real world by safely conducting some experiments in the CSIRO Lab. It will be a blast!

When Wednesday 30 January
Time 9.30 am – 10.30 am
11.30 am – 12.30 pm
Ages 7 - 9 year olds
Cost Member $15, Non-members $18
When Wednesday 30 January
Time 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Ages 10 - 14 year olds
Cost Member $15, Non-members $18

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Term 1 2019

Technology game and design - Ages 6 to 8 Term 1 Thursdays or Saturdays

Get the STEM skills to build the world of tomorrow. Using a range of STEM learning resources you will build your own video game with Bloxels and turn your ideas in inventions with littleBits electronics.

When Thursdays Term 1, 7 February – 28 March
Time 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Ages 6 - 8 year olds
Cost Member $120, Non-members $135
When Saturdays Term 1, 9 February – 30 March
Time 10.00 am – 11.00 am
Ages 6 - 8 year olds
Cost Member $120, Non-members $135

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Video Game Design - Ages 9 to 16 Term 1 Saturdays

Put your gaming experience and creative imagination into action to develop an original creation that you can take home and play. This 8 week series is being delivered by our guests from Firetech. Leap into the world of code and design thinking, object-oriented programming and a behaviour-based logic system that comprises a core component of computer science and programming.

When Saturdays Term 1, 9 February – 30 March
Time 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Ages 9 – 16 year olds
Cost Member $150, Non-members $165

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CSIRO Lab Workshops Scitech CSIRO Lab Workshops mainly cater for children aged 4 to 16 years old, with a variety of workshop topics on offer to ensure there's something for everyone. Inspire your children to keep exploring the fascinating world of science and technology at home by igniting their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with these hands-on activities at Scitech. All workshops are held in the CSIRO Lab unless stated otherwise. Summer Holiday Workshops 2018 - 2019 Come and make your own costume using electroluminescent wire. Design an item such as wings, a cape, or even a Santa hat, and wire it up to glow. Take home your spectacular glowing creation to wear. Please bring your own snacks and lunch. When Tuesday 18 December Time 10.00 am – 3.00 pm Ages 9 - 12 year olds Cost Member $65, Non-members $75   NEW SESSION NOW OPEN ON 8 JANUARY Learn about the science behind making an animated film including persistence of vision and illusions. Create a story board and characters to shoot your own short film to share with your friends and family. Please bring your own snacks and lunch. When 8 January 2019 OR 9 January 2019 Time 9.00 am - 3.00 pm Ages 7 - 11 year olds Cost Member $65, Non-members $75   Learn about the concept of how a computer works by creating a learning machine. Teach the learning machine to play a game and to “remember” just like AI (Artificial intelligence). Take home your game set up to share their learning machine with friends and family. When Thursday 10 January Time 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm Ages 10 - 17 year olds Cost Member $30, Non-members $35   Children learn about the solar system, geometry and maths by building and playing a space race game. We will see a show in the Planetarium and then design own board game. Develop the space race game further after trialling it with their peers. At the end of the day take the game home and share the fun and learning with friends and family. Please bring your own snacks and lunch. When Friday 11 January Time 9.00 am – 3.00 pm Ages 7 - 11 year olds Cost Member $65, Non-members $75   What makes popcorn pop and bubbles burst? How does a pop rocket fly? We find out why things go pop by exploring the science behind the fun every-day world of things that go pop! When Tuesday 15 January Time 9.30 am – 10.30 am 11.30 am – 12.30 pm Ages 4 - 6 year olds Cost Member $12, Non-members $15   Challenge your engineering skills with problem solving and critical thinking to build an unsinkable boat. As a further challenge can you design your boat to paddle itself using potential energy? Discuss your prototype design with our mentors and improve your design after testing your boat. When Wednesday 16 January Time 9.30 am – 11.30 am Ages 7 - 9 year olds Cost Member $17, Non-members $20 When Wednesday 16 January Time 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm Ages 10 - 16 year olds Cost Member $17, Non-members $20   The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre operates multiple supercomputers, data-intensive machines and storage systems that use the most advanced technologies available. Join us for this exclusive tour of this important research facility. Join us for morning tea afterwards, meet the Pawsey team and look through the exhibition space. Limited to 40 participants. When Friday 18 January Time 10.00 am – 11.00 am Ages 12 year olds to adult Cost Member $12, Non-members $15 Location Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, 26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington   Your challenge is to apply your innovative thinking skills to design a method to help the penguins get down an icy slope, over the Polar predators and escape onto the water. Challenge your engineering skills with problem solving and critical thinking. Discuss and build your prototype design with our mentors who are women working in engineering at BHP. When Saturday 19 January Time 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm Ages 9 - 16 year olds, girls only Cost Member $10, Non-members $12   Experience our amazing night sky through our wide range of telescopes at our sky viewing nights. Our Volunteers will take you on a grand tour of the Southern Hemisphere’s sky with a wide range of targets including Nebulas, planets, dying stars, and enormous star clusters. You'll also be able to browse our museum and see historical telescopes as well. When Saturday 19 January Time 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm Ages 7 year olds to adult Cost Member $36, Non-members $40 Location Perth Observatory, 337 Walnut Rd, Bickley https://goo.gl/maps/LDq3n6iQnVy Arrive at 6:30 pm if you want to bring a picnic to enjoy on the Perth Observatory’s lawn.Please note adults must pay if attending the viewing night.   Can a rock float? Why does a sultana both float and sink in our experiment? Can you make a boat float out of a material that can also sink? Find out for yourself in this engineering and physics lab workshop. When Monday 21 January Time 9.30 am – 10.30 am 11.00 am – 12.00 pm Ages 4 - 6 year olds Cost Member $12, Non-members $15   Spend two days designing, making and programming your own robotic pet. You will work collaboratively with a partner student over the two days learning coding, electronics and physical prototyping. Scitech mentors will teach you how to use Scratch to program a Hummingbird Duo microcontroller which will form the ‘brain’ of your robotic pet. You will use your creativity to bring your creature to life. You could choose to display your robotic pets inside Scitech for friends, family and visitors to interact with. No previous programming skills are needed, though creativity and a sense of fun are essential. Please bring your own snacks and lunch. When Wednesday and Thursday, 23 and 24 January Time 9.00 am – 3.00 pm Ages 10 to 17 year olds Cost Member $130, Non-members $150   By popular demand: Why do explosions happen? Learn about the physics and chemistry behind explosions in the real world by safely conducting some experiments in the CSIRO Lab. It will be a blast! When Wednesday 30 January Time 9.30 am – 10.30 am 11.30 am – 12.30 pm Ages 7 - 9 year olds Cost Member $15, Non-members $18 When Wednesday 30 January Time 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Ages 10 - 14 year olds Cost Member $15, Non-members $18     Term 1 2019 Get the STEM skills to build the world of tomorrow. Using a range of STEM learning resources you will build your own video game with Bloxels and turn your ideas in inventions with littleBits electronics. When Thursdays Term 1, 7 February – 28 March Time 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm Ages 6 - 8 year olds Cost Member $120, Non-members $135 When Saturdays Term 1, 9 February – 30 March Time 10.00 am – 11.00 am Ages 6 - 8 year olds Cost Member $120, Non-members $135   Put your gaming experience and creative imagination into action to develop an original creation that you can take home and play. This 8 week series is being delivered by our guests from Firetech. Leap into the world of code and design thinking, object-oriented programming and a behaviour-based logic system that comprises a core component of computer science and programming. When Saturdays Term 1, 9 February – 30 March Time 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Ages 9 – 16 year olds Cost Member $150, Non-members $165   Sign up to the Scitech eNews to be the first to know when bookings open.    Experimenting and thinking outside the box is highly encouraged  
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