Explore STEAM at Australian Museum

Over two massive weeks in August (8-18), Sydney Science Festival will take over the Australian Museum. Embracing the National Science week theme of Future Earth, and providing a range of workshops, talks and cutting-edge science demonstrations at the forefront of contemporary science and innovation. The event delivers an excellent external educational resource for educators during National Science Week with dedicated programming that caters for all curriculum needs: over 6, 000 students have already booked in!

Kicking off the event is the explosive primary school week which will bring practical science to life with a specially designed science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) program packed with hands-on activities and investigative workshops. Through science based activities, the program allows cross curriculum learning with workshops such as Aboriginal Bush Food and Medicine, Climate Change and Australian Animals and Code Club Scratch on offer. This year, students will also be able to investigate the incredible structures of honeycombs, using geometric and algebraic reasoning to solve problems and construct a giant model beehive.

Following is a week of immersive learning as high school students engage with STEAM-focused workshops, demonstrations and exciting talks. Students can hear from Dr Jordan Nguyen about intelligent, inclusive and life-changing technologies, discover the wonders and uses of polymers with 3M and hear about the future of Australia’s sustainability science.

They can also delve into the possibilities of future careers, speaking with science industry professionals who will be on hand to answer questions and fulfil their curiosity of what a career in STEAM is really like.

Early learners and science enthusiasts of all ages will also have a change to discover the wonders of science on 12 August at Super Science Saturday. This is an extraordinary day out for the entire family as the Australian Museum opens its doors and brings science to life for everyone.

With live animal shows, face-painting, hands-on experiments and an excited toddler dinosaur there are activities that will appeal to the littlies, teenagers and the parents. Super Science Saturday is all about showcasing the science behind one of Sydney’s most loved institutions.

Watch science in action with the ‘Street Science’ Show, discover what’s rumbling beneath the Earth’s crust with ‘Volcanoes, eruptions and more.’ And learn more about the relationship between science and culture with ‘Aboriginal Bush Food and Medicine.’ Hold a lizard and extract DNA from fruit! Come along and see how science can be found in the most unexpected and amazing ways.

For more information on the Sydney Science Festival activities and the involvement of the Australian Museum, please call 9302 6389 or email see@austmus.gov.au