National Science Week


It’s that time of the year when Australia-wide we celebrate all things science and technology.


A career in science is exciting and could lead you just about anywhere:

Study marine biology and swim with the dolphins, develop the cure for cancer, join the space race and leave our planet behind, or build the technology that drives our future.


Be inspired by hundreds of science-based festivals, activities, events, talks and more taking place across the country.

Here’s how to get involved:

Key Events

There are lots of exciting, educational and interactive events happening in every state search here to see what’s going on near you.

Competitions and online activities

Take part in one of the many competitions and challenges online, designed to stimulate your creative side, you might even win a prize.

2018 Education Perfect Science Championships

An exciting, free, global online competition with opportunities to earn points and prizes by learning about Science.

Become a Virtual Reef Diver

Dive into Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of your own home and help scientists collect valuable data. Explore this fun and interactive platform here.

Visit your local museum or discovery centre

Experience science on your doorstep in Science Week (or any other time of the year) by visiting your locals museum, aquarium, botanic gardens, national parks or other discovery centres.



Teacher Resources

Game Changers and Game Makers

ASTA has some great ideas for student activities, resource book, poster, student journal all free and online here.


For an easy way to get your students involved, click on this link to see all of the videos from SCINEMA’s contribution to National Science Week.

ABC Education resources – Science Week

Over 2,000 ideas to investigate for children of primary and secondary age, with an easy to use search filter to narrow down what’s suitable for your class.

2018 Education Perfect Science Championships

A free, global, online competition where your students are rewarded for learning about Science with prizes and points.  It’s also a handy resume building opportunity for them.

Other ways to immerse
yourself in Science


Visit the National Science and Technology Centre. Check out the 8 themed galleries, over 200 interactive exhibits and find out how you can get involved.

Science In Public – More events listings

Dozens of listings of some of the 2,000 events and activities happening around Australia for Science Week.

Science Week in Victoria

Have a look at this link to see what seminars, screenings and other events are being held in Science Week.

Science Week in South Australia

Some of the ticketed events going in South Australia for National Science Week.

Sydney Science Festival 2018

Take part in tours, talks and workshops happening at UNSW.

University of Newcastle – Science & Engineering Challenge

Experience aspects of Science and Engineering you don’t get to try at school.

From Dinosaurs to Drones

An evening of Science and Technology at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach,  hear from a panel of young professionals who’ve embarked on careers in STEM.

USQ – Ipswich Youth Astronomy Workshop

A talk from Dr Jessie Christiansen about exoplanet exploration and the journey that led to her career.

Meet Real Life (slightly crazy) Scientists

Find out what they do, the exciting problems they get to solve, why they chose careers in science and how they got there. A free event.

Arts vs Science Festival

Discover a world where art meets science. A one day event, filled with presentations, interactive workshops, astronomy, art exhibitions and installations, live music and audio visual displays.

Griffith University Pop-Up Science Centre

Hands-on STEM activities, demonstrations, science shows and special guests.

Queensland Museum – National Science Week

Get involved in events and activities during Science Week.

University of Tasmania – National Science Week

Meet scientists, discuss hot topics, “do” science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society.

University of Melbourne – Science Festival

A series of free events and activities open to all, celebrating Scientific knowledge, innovation and progress.

Inspiring the ACT

Check out the events happening throughout the ACT to inspire and educate about careers in STEM.

Australian National Maritime Museum

To learn the ‘Secrets of Sydney Harbour’ and much more, have a look at these special events being hosted.

Dr Karl in Canberra

Dr Karl delivers a show to inspire and entertain and concludes with a Q&A where you can ask anything about science.

Melbourne Museum

This year at Melbourne Museum, Science Week is all about Palaeontology – meet the scientists, touch fossils, have your own fossils identified and see special fossils bought out the collection for this event only.

Scienceworks – Victoria

Weekend workshops for families and adults, Planetarium and Lightning room shows and more.

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