Running each year in August, National Science Week features more than 1000 events for adults and children around Australia. Events include virtual tours, webcasts, talks, DIY experiments, quizzes, citizen science, competitions and more.
The school theme for 2023 is ‘Innovation: Powering Future Industries’. The theme incorporates the advancement in technology in all industries, especially using artificial intelligence (AI).
How schools can get involved
If you’re a teacher, there are lots of ways you can involve your students to celebrate science and technology. Useful resources and tips are available to help you organise events and activities at your school.
Teachers are encouraged to visit the National Science Week website to download the 2023 Resource Book. This book has ideas which offer teachers and students an opportunity to explore creativity, science, technology, engineering and ethics.
Department’s support for STEM
The department regards high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education as critically important for Australia. The Australian Government works closely with states and territories to support STEM education and funds a range of STEM initiatives for schools, teachers, students, carers and families, from early years to schooling and higher education.
Some of these initiatives include:
- Little Scientists
- Digital Technologies Hub
- Curious Minds
- Science by Doing
- STEM Professionals in Schools
- Primary Connections
Learn more about how you can engage in School and Early Learning STEM initiatives.
The government also helps researchers with access to cutting edge national research infrastructure supported through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) program. NCRIS projects provide scientists and researchers with access to equipment including everything from powerful microscopes to supercomputers to help them with their work.
During the week, the department is also highlighting the Women in STEM Cadetships and Advanced Apprenticeships. This program aims to promote equality of opportunity in higher education, by providing funding for women to study STEM.
Find out more on the National Science Week website.
Download the department’s flyer on the Early Years and Schools STEM programs.