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National Science Week | Get Serious About Science With Your Family!

National Science Week is here again! The 2023 celebration of all things STEM runs from 12 – 20 August and they’re set to ROCK. YOUR. KIDS. WORLDS!

Many activities across the state will have a connection to the school theme – Innovation: Powering Future Industries with a range of events happening in person and online throughout the week.

Events and activities are happening from Tully in the North to Jundah in Central Queensland , Miles in the West, and the Gold Coast in the South. There really is so much to look forward to with plenty of online and in-person events to enjoy! To find out what events are on near you, visit the National Science Week website.

Public Events for National Science Week

Whilst many schools and educational institutions will be running their own events for Science Week, there are lots of activities that children can learn about online before trying at home, such as:

  • Mineral art
  • Tempering chocolate
  • Colour change cocktails
  • Rocket fuel experiment
  • Make your own hand sanitiser
  • Beautiful bath bombs

You can find more details for these and other great National Science Week experiences, and more, at this link

Bring National Science Week to your house!

We all know about the benefits of engaging kids EARLY in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) engagement. It can spark a love of learning, engineering and maths (STEM) engagement that will have positive impacts on your children for years to come. Who knows – the next Alfred Einstein or Marie Curie could be living under your roof RIGHT NOW!

If you’ve got pre-school aged kids, if you’re homeschooling or if you’re looking for some great science based activities to run over the school holidays then you’re in the right place!

Here are some pre-prepared scientific experiments we’ve already tested! Follow the links to a run down of instructions, resources and activities suggestions.

Dry Ice Experiments for Kids!

national science week dry ice

We’ve gone MAD in our Families Magazine science lab and cooked up 10 awesomely fun dry ice experiments that you can do with kids in your own house! (Don’t worry – we go through all the safety requirements first).

These dry ice science experiments will appeal to kids from teeny tots to too-cool teens so make sure you check them out.

Walking Water Science Experiment

This experiment is great for learning about primary colours and the properties of water. It’s also really pretty!

Fantastic for little ones. List of resources is pretty easy to come by and mess is limited! You can find it here.

National Science Week walking water

3 Simple Science Experiments for little ones!

We love this collection of basic experiments. Here, your kids will learn about:

  • How seeds grow (sustainability)
  • Density and buoyancy (basic physics)
  • Acids and bases (basic chemistry)

All before they’ve hit prep! Score! Find out how to grow your new housemates here.

National Science Week grow

Create your very own water play table!

Water play is always a huge hit with babies and toddlers and this is one of our favourite science-based activities that you can do at home. Find this water play table here.

Our detailed post contains everything you’ll need as well as a cool video overview. (How sciencey!) Get those little minds working overtime with a great hands-on science activity to celebrate National Science Week.

Another cool thing about getting little minds engaged with science? It generally leads to a pretty decent nap!

STEM Activities for the home – National Science Week celebrations!

This is for the slightly older age group (pre-school to junior primary) so a great resource for homeschoolers or for school holidays.

Here you’ll find:

  • Fireworks in a jar!
  • A real working volcano!
  • Bridge building activities!

National Science Week – Get involved!

There are HEAPS of activities happening in South East Queensland to celebrate NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK. Make sure you keep your ear to the ground, your eyes on the microscope and your data tabled into a neat graph. Science ahoy!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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