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National Science Week 2019
August 10 - August 18
This week, 10-18 August, is National Science Week, Australia’s annual opportunity to celebrate science and an excellent excuse to try out a range of interesting science-based activities.
First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals and in 2018 1.2 million people participated in over 2100 events and activities. It’s not too late for your early learning service to join the fun and we’ve got some great ideas to help you celebrate.
The theme for Science Week 2019 is Destination Moon: more missions, more science, which is a rich theme for early learning centres. This theme offers your child an opportunity to discover past missions to the Moon and space programs that have solved some of the seemingly unsolvable problems of space travel, as well as current and future space programs, operations, and missions.
To help you make the most of Science Week, we’ve gathered some ideas & suggestions of things to do from the Science Week website:
- Have a science dress up day. For example, dress upi as an animal that comes from an egg (butterfly, spider, bird, dinosaur, fish); or wear shapes or colours related to the weather (rainbows, clouds, rain, sunlight).
- Invite children to do a simple science activity at home with their families and provide instructions and handout information. For example, mix vinegar and sodium bicarbonate from the kitchen cupboard, or look at the phases of the Moon.
- Create a science related picture, drawing or mural. You could also add colour to printouts of the National Science Week colouring sheets.
- Explore objects and hands-on activities related to Indigenous science and technology, such as animal tracks, the seasons, and fish traps. The IndigiSTEM Activities Workbook and IndigiSTEM Educator Notes include 20 STEM activities that incorporate Indigenous perspectives.
- Include science-related books in daily reading and book displays, you may like to check out the Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) booklist for ideas. (We love STEM at Grace Village!)
- Check out Museum in a Box, which gives children an opportunity to experience real museum specimens, including casts, artefacts, dioramas, images, DVDs, CDs, books and resources from the Australian Museum.
- Ask your child’s educators to incorporate science into their programming during National Science Week and on an ongoing basis throughout the year, for example the training provided by Little Scientists.
- Search for science related resources from Early Childhood Australia.
- Look for discovery centres, including science centres, zoos, botanic gardens and museums in your area for activity ideas and excursions.
- Watch preschool science activities in action in Questacon Science Time videos.
- Check out activities from Children’s Discovery Museum in the Little Bang Book of Discovery.