Create online programs to inspire!

As we invite Inspiring Australia’s community partners to consider creating engaging online programs to connect communities with science and technology, for inspiration, we’ve collected some examples of how others connect ideas to audiences in imaginative ways.

Here are just a few of the millions of online classes, events, concerts, awards ceremonies and fun activities to do from home that might spark ideas for National Science Week that in NSW will go online this August. Get inspired and consider developing an online program with support of a grant of up to $5,000 from Inspiring Australia NSW to develop your program for the general community. Applications close on Monday 27 April.

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The Couch Choir
No words can describe how good this collaborative YouTube choir formed to replace the popular Pub Choir by people uploading themselves recording their songs from home makes you feel!

Opera de Paris

To thank people for staying in because of COVID-19, dancers from the Paris Opera perform to music from the ballet Romeo and Juliet from their homes – the result are breathtaking!

J Tūtahi – ‘Stay’

Another example of creativity from the global arts community in this time of #COVID19 is the Tūtahi – ‘Stay’ song created by twenty NZ musicians with one simple goal – encouraging us to stay home and save lives.       

One World: Together at Home
A performance from the Rolling Stones grabbed one viewer’s attention from among dozens of performances at One World: Together at Home, a huge COVID-19 online concert from Global Citizen, the World Health Organization, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, and many more artists and healthcare experts to raise funds for global COVID-19 response efforts.

Coronacast is an ABC podcast that helps to answer your questions about coronavirus or COVID19. We break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through an epidemic.

The Stellar Prize
The Stellar Prize celebrations held Tuesday 14 April 2020 is a great example of how you can do an online event with remote speakers and a remote host using pre-recorded video as well. Beautifully produced.

Smithsonian Learning Lab
At the Smithsonian Learning Lab, audiences can access high-quality resources and use the interactive tools on the site to create their own collections. What’s most inspiring is the ability to see those user-created collections and adapt them so that they fit individuals’ various needs and interests.

Kimberley Coronavirus animation
This Coronavirus animation developed by Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and  Nirrumbuk Environmental Health and Services is terrific!

MONA’s Victory Garden 

In this hilarious project, a horticulturist and an artist explain the best ways to dig up lawns to grow food instead – an irreverent and clever Instagram video series from MONA.

STC Virtual Series
Tim Minchin reads a soliloquy from Hamlet for Sydney Theatre Company as part of its STC Virtual Series featuring several actors performing extracts from plays. Watch at

AI Eurovision
A novel approach to @Eurovision in iso: see the #AI generated entry for Australia by Uncanny Valley with UNSW researchers created at Google Creative Lab, ‘Beautiful the World’.

The Iso-laid festival was held on Instagram over Easter. Created in the days after the coronavirus pandemic reached Australia, the festival brought together dozens of musicians who performed sets in livestreams directly from profiles

The Stay at Home Easter Sleepover Festival

The festival included Campsite Bogies from Dick and Dom, Lizzie’s Way’s Mudpie Workshops, Storytime Special with Kate Winslet, live Q&A with Fred Sirieix, Silly Science, Silent Yoga, post-bedtime wine time with comedy duo Scummy Mummies and more including a DJ set from Nelly Cook with a little help from her Dad Fatboy Slim!

Fusebox Festival

Fusebox Festival is a global hub for the study, commissioning, and presentation of contemporary live performance. Its unique artistic projects ordinarily bring to thousands of people together in Central Texas to address vital civic issues at the center of contemporary life. Its aim is to make new and adventurous art accessible to all. This year the festival will be delivered online.

Getty Museum Art Challenge
An absolute hit adopted around the world, people were invited by the Getty Museum to dress up as their favourite artwork: 

Online scavengers
An indoor scavenger hunt from Grok Learning is a simple and easy way to engage a family and get them thinking critically. See more educational resources from Grok

Social Distancing Theatre
Study No.1 by Terrapin is a performance entered into the Rave Theatres Social Distancing Festival. Terrapin creates contemporary puppetry experiences for audiences of all ages, touring Tasmania, nationally and internationally. It creates work for theatres and interactive installations for public space.

The Family Dinner
STEM conversation starters from part of The Family Dinner, a project that offers ideas for affordable and creative recipes and ways to engage family members in conversations that count

Steps on Broadway
Dance classes from Steps on Broadway are a joy to watch and boogie along to!

TikTok clips
There is so much humour and creativity on TikTok, including from the Flemings in Ireland.

WilderQuest is an app designed to help kids learn about nature, science and Aboriginal culture through fun interactive games.

Bushfire research projects

Scientists, ecologists and natural resource managers are seeking assistance from citizen scientists in bushfire research projects. See a list of existing projects and project methodologies at Scistarter which have been successfully undertaken to deliver data of value to post bushfire research, including a Naturemapr platform and network that can be used to undertake and record the data.

Zoos Victoria

In the face of COVID19 Zoos Victoria used the school holidays to convert huge resources into online learning for kids wherever they are:

Arludo is a hands-on science program combining scientific research with STEM apps that turn students into scientists as they get the chance to interact with researchers online. Launching on 6 May, Arludo will present a brand new game called Ingenious that will be available to all during Term 2.

Hands on STEM learning
Educational providers including museums are offering a huge range of online learning materials. From hands on science experiments and computer games to virtual tours and citizen science activities, there is an abundance of engaging material on offer to help teachers and parents entertain and educate students at home.

The STAR Portal is an online database packed with STEM activity and you can find resources targeting women and girls in STEM at the Girls in STEM Toolkit and the Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith who offers online programs from time to time.

Careers with STEM also offers all kinds of engaging content, whether you’re a teacher setting out to educate using a whole new engagement tool, a parent suddenly home schooling, or a uni student looking to fill the hours previously spent networking with potential employers.

Add your suggestions

Have you come across some interactive content you love that might spark ideas and action for science engagement programs? If so please share it by email and we’ll add your recommendations to this list!

By Jackie Randles, Manager Inspiring Australia NSW. Feature image from the Pub Choir Facebook page shows over 1,000 people singing “Close to You” together online.