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National Science Week From 12 - 20 August 2023

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National Science Week From 13 - 21 August 2022

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and it is held from 12 - 20 August 2023.

The theme for National Science Week in 2023 is Innovation: Powering Future Industries. It incorporates the advancement in technology in all industries, especially using artificial intelligence (AI).

The curriculum focus of the theme is on the following:

  • Science as a Human Endeavour
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Earth and Space Sciences, and
  • Biological Sciences.

Ideas Include:

  • Code a binary bracelet - Children design and create a bracelet using coloured beads that spell out the first letter of their name using binary code.
  • Make balance scales - This simple set of scales can tell you if one item is heavier than another. Use them as a group activity, as part of a rotation station, or for free play.
  • The wheels go round and round - learning how wheels move, and how they make all sorts of other things move too.
  • Innovation - Learning about innovations and how they shape our world.
  • Design a smart farm - earning how innovation can make farming better. 
  • Living things have basic needs, including food and water
  • Daily and seasonal changes in our environment affect everyday life
  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape
  • Different materials can be combined for a particular purpose
  • Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events
  • Hands-On Science Experiments

Documentation Templates:

  • National Science Week Portfolio Template - Can be used to detail the experiences the children engaged in during National Science Week.
  • Discovering Science - The Discovering Science template enables educators to provide detailed information on the science experiments that the children were involved in.

Teacher Resource Book:

Innovation: Powering Future Industrieshas lesson plans, activities, demonstrations, Indigenous and historical perspectives and curriculum links for teachers of classes starting from early learning.

For more information: National Science Week

Last modified on Monday, August 7, 2023
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