CSIRO Lab Workshops

Throughout the September and October school holidays & Term 4, 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. 

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.

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

Girls in STEM - Coding with micro:bits: Ages 10 to 16 22 September

Micro:bit is a tiny programmable computer designed to make learning to code easy. We will use Java Script Blocks editor to program your micro:bit to use sensors, flash lights and control motors. You can use ours or buy your own to take home. Limited to 16 places.

When Saturday 22 September
Time 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm
Ages 10-16 year olds
Cost Member $17, Non-members $20
(Use our equipment or purchase your own micro:bit kit to take home: $35.00)

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Coding with micro:bits: Ages 9 to 16 22 Sept, 1 or 2 Oct

Micro:bit is a tiny programmable computer designed to make learning to code easy. We will use Java Script Blocks editor to program your micro:bit to use sensors, flash lights and control motors. You can use ours or buy your own to take home. Limited to 16 places.

When Saturday 22 September
Time 10.00 am – 11.30am
Ages 9-16 year olds
Cost Member $17, Non-members $20
(Use our equipment or purchase your own micro:bit kit to take home: $35.00)
When Monday 1 October or Tuesday 2 October
Time 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm
Ages 11 - 16 year olds
Cost Member $17, Non-members $20
(Use our equipment or purchase your own micro:bit kit to take home: $35.00)
When Monday 1 October or Tuesday 2 October
Time 10.00 am – 11.30 am
Ages 9 - 11 year olds
Cost Member $17, Non-members $20
(Use our equipment or purchase your own micro:bit kit to take home: $35.00)

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Helicopter Rescue with e2 Young Engineers: Ages 6 to 9 25 September

Help your child to develop motor skills and creative thinking through analysing engineering processes. This workshop provides theoretical and practical knowledge on basic principles in mathematics, science and engineering using LEGO® that produce motion. Limited to 24 places.

When Tuesday 25 September
Time 9.30 am – 11.00am
11.30 am – 1.00 pm
2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
Ages 6 - 9 year olds
Cost Member $17, Non-members $20

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Monkeying Around with e2 Young Engineers: Ages 9 to 11 26 September

How does a monkey move so swiftly through a forest? In this workshop, children will build a LEGO® monkey model to explore its movement and adaptations. Test your monkey to see if it can get across the monkey bar. Limited to 24 places.

When Tuesday 26 September
Time 9.30 am – 11.00am
11.30 am – 1.00 pm
2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
Ages 9 - 11 year olds
Cost Member $17, Non-members $20

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Microscopic Monsters: Ages 4 to 9 27, 28 or 29 September

Look at the prehistoric monstrous Artemia brine shrimps underneath a microscope. Learn about environmental conditions that suit them best as they hatch, and how to improve their surroundings to ensure happy healthy creatures. Participants will take their shrimp home to feed and observe. Limited to 20 places.

When Thursday 27 September or Friday 28 September or Saturday 29 September
Time 9.30 am – 10.30am
Ages 4 - 6 year olds
Cost Member $15, Non-members $17
When Thursday 27 September or Friday 28 September or Saturday 29 September
Time 11.30 am - 12.30 pm
Ages 4 - 9 year olds
Cost Member $15, Non-members $17
When Thursday 27 September or Friday 28 September or Saturday 29 September
Time 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm
Ages 7 - 9 year olds
Cost Member $15, Non-members $17

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Super Absorbing Science: Ages 4 to 8 3 or 4 October

Be a junior nanotechnologist and learn about absorption and super absorbent polymers. Find out where they are used in the home and how important they are in your expanding toys and the garden over summer. Take home some super absorbent polymer to help your plants grow. Limited to 20 places.

When Wednesday 3 October or Thursday 4 October
Time 9.30 am – 10.30am
Ages 4 - 6 year olds
Cost Member $13, Non-members $16
When Wednesday 3 October or Thursday 4 October
Time 11.30 am - 12.30 pm
Ages 4 - 8 year olds
Cost Member $13, Non-members $16
When Wednesday 3 October or Thursday 4 October
Time 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm
Ages 6 - 8 year olds
Cost Member $13, Non-members $16

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Medical Museum: Ages 10 to 17 plus parent/guardian 3 October

Discover our local medical history at the Medical Museum. Exhibitions include an operating theatre, an iron lung and polio display, early hospital artefacts and equipment, King Edward Memorial Hospital's original X-ray Department and more relics of times past. A parent or guardian must pay to attend with child. Limited to 20 places.

When Wednesday 3 October
Time 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
Ages 10 - 17 year olds
Location Harvey House, Cnr Barker & Railway Roads, Subiaco
Cost Member $12, Non-members $15
Parent/guardian must also book and pay

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EL Wire Halloween Costume– Ages 10 to 16 5 October

Come and make your own Halloween costume using electroluminescent (EL) wire. Engineer a headpiece or wings and wire them up to glow. Take home your spectacular glowing creation to wear. Limited to 20 places.

When Friday 5 October
Time 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Ages 10 - 16 year olds
Cost Member $90, Non-members $100

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Bee Hotel – Ages 7 to 12 5 October

WA has nearly 800 species of native bees. Unlike honey bees, native bees are solitary and can live and breed in holes in trees. Learn about the fascinating lives of native bees and why they are so important for a healthy environment. With guidance from WA Love Nature, Kit Prendergast (Native Bee Scientist) and Kindling Creative you will make your own “bee hotel” from recycled materials to take home. Limited to 20 places.

When Friday 5 October
Time 9.00 am – 10.30 am
10.30 am – 12.00 pm
Ages 7 - 12 year olds
Location Ross Memorial Church, Cnr Hay & Colin Streets, West Perth
Cost Member $17, Non-members $20

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Squid Squad Dissections – Ages 9 to 16 6 October

See what makes a squid swim! Have a look at the similarities and differences between us and these strange creatures. Learn how to work safely in a lab environment as well as the basics of biology.Limited to 24 places.

When Saturday 6 October
Time 10.00 am – 11.30 am
Ages 9 - 11 year olds
Cost Member $17, Non-members $20
When Saturday 6 October
Time 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm
Ages 11 - 16 year olds
Cost Member $17, Non-members $20

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STEM Maker Lab – Ages 4 to 9 Term 4, 27 October – 1 December

In this 6 weeks series, children will learn about STEM through discovery and experimentation. Making is multidisciplinary, helps them to understand the world around them, and teaches problem solving skills. Make toys and gadgets that move while they learn about physics and engineering, maths, technology and design. Limited to 20 places.

When Saturdays 27 October – 1 December
Time 10.00 am – 11.15 am
Ages 4 - 6 year olds
Cost Member $100, Non-members $120
When Saturdays 27 October – 1 December
Time 1.00 pm – 2.15 pm
Ages 7 - 9 year olds
Cost Member $100, Non-members $120

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Energy Lab - Ages 9 to 12 Term 4, 23 October – 27 November

In this 6 weeks series children use the OneCar system explore mechanics in exciting ways. Develop and try new creative ways of propelling the car. Learn about simple machines, force and motion, electrical circuit, renewable energy and chemical reactions. Children take the car home at the end of the series. Limited to 24 places.

When Tuesdays 23 October – 27 November
Time 4.00 pm – 5.15 pm
Ages 9 - 12 year olds
Cost Member $100, Non-members $120

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CSIRO Lab Workshops 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.  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. All workshops are held in the CSIRO Lab unless stated otherwise. Micro:bit is a tiny programmable computer designed to make learning to code easy. We will use Java Script Blocks editor to program your micro:bit to use sensors, flash lights and control motors. You can use ours or buy your own to take home. Limited to 16 places. When Saturday 22 September Time 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm Ages 10-16 year olds Cost Member $17, Non-members $20 (Use our equipment or purchase your own micro:bit kit to take home: $35.00) Micro:bit is a tiny programmable computer designed to make learning to code easy. We will use Java Script Blocks editor to program your micro:bit to use sensors, flash lights and control motors. You can use ours or buy your own to take home. Limited to 16 places. When Saturday 22 September Time 10.00 am – 11.30am Ages 9-16 year olds Cost Member $17, Non-members $20 (Use our equipment or purchase your own micro:bit kit to take home: $35.00) When Monday 1 October or Tuesday 2 October Time 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm Ages 11 - 16 year olds Cost Member $17, Non-members $20 (Use our equipment or purchase your own micro:bit kit to take home: $35.00) When Monday 1 October or Tuesday 2 October Time 10.00 am – 11.30 am Ages 9 - 11 year olds Cost Member $17, Non-members $20 (Use our equipment or purchase your own micro:bit kit to take home: $35.00) Help your child to develop motor skills and creative thinking through analysing engineering processes. This workshop provides theoretical and practical knowledge on basic principles in mathematics, science and engineering using LEGO® that produce motion. Limited to 24 places. When Tuesday 25 September Time 9.30 am – 11.00am11.30 am – 1.00 pm2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Ages 6 - 9 year olds Cost Member $17, Non-members $20 How does a monkey move so swiftly through a forest? In this workshop, children will build a LEGO® monkey model to explore its movement and adaptations. Test your monkey to see if it can get across the monkey bar. Limited to 24 places. When Tuesday 26 September Time 9.30 am – 11.00am11.30 am – 1.00 pm2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Ages 9 - 11 year olds Cost Member $17, Non-members $20 Look at the prehistoric monstrous Artemia brine shrimps underneath a microscope. Learn about environmental conditions that suit them best as they hatch, and how to improve their surroundings to ensure happy healthy creatures. Participants will take their shrimp home to feed and observe. Limited to 20 places. When Thursday 27 September or Friday 28 September or Saturday 29 September Time 9.30 am – 10.30am Ages 4 - 6 year olds Cost Member $15, Non-members $17 When Thursday 27 September or Friday 28 September or Saturday 29 September Time 11.30 am - 12.30 pm Ages 4 - 9 year olds Cost Member $15, Non-members $17 When Thursday 27 September or Friday 28 September or Saturday 29 September Time 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm Ages 7 - 9 year olds Cost Member $15, Non-members $17 Be a junior nanotechnologist and learn about absorption and super absorbent polymers. Find out where they are used in the home and how important they are in your expanding toys and the garden over summer. Take home some super absorbent polymer to help your plants grow. Limited to 20 places. When Wednesday 3 October or Thursday 4 October Time 9.30 am – 10.30am Ages 4 - 6 year olds Cost Member $13, Non-members $16 When Wednesday 3 October or Thursday 4 October Time 11.30 am - 12.30 pm Ages 4 - 8 year olds Cost Member $13, Non-members $16 When Wednesday 3 October or Thursday 4 October Time 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm Ages 6 - 8 year olds Cost Member $13, Non-members $16 Discover our local medical history at the Medical Museum. Exhibitions include an operating theatre, an iron lung and polio display, early hospital artefacts and equipment, King Edward Memorial Hospital's original X-ray Department and more relics of times past. A parent or guardian must pay to attend with child. Limited to 20 places. When Wednesday 3 October Time 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Ages 10 - 17 year olds Location Harvey House, Cnr Barker & Railway Roads, Subiaco Cost Member $12, Non-members $15 Parent/guardian must also book and pay Come and make your own Halloween costume using electroluminescent (EL) wire. Engineer a headpiece or wings and wire them up to glow. Take home your spectacular glowing creation to wear. Limited to 20 places. When Friday 5 October Time 9.00 am – 3.00 pm Ages 10 - 16 year olds Cost Member $90, Non-members $100 WA has nearly 800 species of native bees. Unlike honey bees, native bees are solitary and can live and breed in holes in trees. Learn about the fascinating lives of native bees and why they are so important for a healthy environment. With guidance from WA Love Nature, Kit Prendergast (Native Bee Scientist) and Kindling Creative you will make your own “bee hotel” from recycled materials to take home. Limited to 20 places. When Friday 5 October Time 9.00 am – 10.30 am10.30 am – 12.00 pm Ages 7 - 12 year olds Location Ross Memorial Church, Cnr Hay & Colin Streets, West Perth Cost Member $17, Non-members $20 See what makes a squid swim! Have a look at the similarities and differences between us and these strange creatures. Learn how to work safely in a lab environment as well as the basics of biology.Limited to 24 places. When Saturday 6 October Time 10.00 am – 11.30 am Ages 9 - 11 year olds Cost Member $17, Non-members $20 When Saturday 6 October Time 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm Ages 11 - 16 year olds Cost Member $17, Non-members $20 In this 6 weeks series, children will learn about STEM through discovery and experimentation. Making is multidisciplinary, helps them to understand the world around them, and teaches problem solving skills. Make toys and gadgets that move while they learn about physics and engineering, maths, technology and design. Limited to 20 places. When Saturdays 27 October – 1 December Time 10.00 am – 11.15 am Ages 4 - 6 year olds Cost Member $100, Non-members $120 When Saturdays 27 October – 1 December Time 1.00 pm – 2.15 pm Ages 7 - 9 year olds Cost Member $100, Non-members $120 In this 6 weeks series children use the OneCar system explore mechanics in exciting ways. Develop and try new creative ways of propelling the car. Learn about simple machines, force and motion, electrical circuit, renewable energy and chemical reactions. Children take the car home at the end of the series. Limited to 24 places. When Tuesdays 23 October – 27 November Time 4.00 pm – 5.15 pm Ages 9 - 12 year olds Cost Member $100, Non-members $120 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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