Canberra science quest packed with experiential learning activities and workshops. Engaging and exciting experiences for students of all ages, inspiring interest and fostering positive associations with STEM education.
These learner-centred workshops and visits foster creative thinking and support STEM education with links to the Australian Curriculum. Students use everyday materials and simple tools to make, try and refine prototypes and innovate solutions to STEM problems.
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Please be advised that this is an ‘example’ of a schedule and that the activities may be variable dependent upon dates, weather, special requests and other factors. Itineraries will be confirmed prior to travel.
Arrive in Canberra. Meet your coach and start your science quest at the Australian Institute of Sport. Students will see science in action and challenge themselves in the renovated SPORTEX range of interactive displays, games and sport simulation testing station.
In the evening you will visit Mount Stromlo Observatory, the headquarters of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, ANU. This excursion includes a tour of the facility and a presentation by a senior astronomer on some of the exciting discoveries being made in astronomy. Students will also have the opportunity to view and discover the wonders of the night sky, learning from professional astronomers.
Overnight in Canberra
After breakfast head to Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, to learn about the role Australia takes in the exploration of space. The Canberra Space Centre offers an informative and enjoyable way to learn about the planets and the story of space travel, and how we here on Earth communicate with and benefit from spacecraft exploring our Solar System and beyond. Students will participate in a 90-minute education program that can be tailored to your needs.
After lunch head to The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre. Depending on the students’ year level, there are two different workshops:
Students will participate in ‘The Innovation Experience’ workshop which gives them first-hand experience of what it means to be an innovator.
Students will also attend the ‘Maker Project’ two-hour interactive workshop which offers a range of STEM programs to choose from.
Later in the afternoon you will head to Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre for the highlight of the trip – with more than 200 hands-on exhibits in eight themed galleries plus live Spectacular Science Show, this self-guided experience encourages students to discover the smarter way to have fun!
Overnight in Canberra
After breakfast visit the Geoscience Australia Education Centre and take part in activities ranging from exploring geoscience in the lab to risk modelling Australia’s coastline. This popular excursion includes visits to the Geoscience Australia Resource Centre and the Tsunami Warning Centre, as well as a geology presentation, ‘Rock Stories’.
Later in the day you will visit the National Arboretum. The National Arboretum features forests of rare, endangered trees from around Australia and the world. Two of the forests are nearly 100 hundred years old. Over 44,000 trees from 100 countries are growing across the 250-hectare site, making it one of the world’s largest living collections of rare, significant trees. Your private coach will be waiting to take you to the National Dinosaur Museum before returning to the airport for your flight home.