Australia’s largest star-gazing festival, held at Curtin Perth every summer.
Target audience: families
Astrofest is an award-winning celebration of astronomy and Western Australian science. With telescope observing throughout the evening, guest speakers, space domes, science shows, exhibitor stalls, hands on activities, astrophotography competition and giveaways for the whole family.
BASF Kids' Lab@Curtin: September 2024
Interactive and fun chemistry education program.
Target audience: year 4 – 6 students
For one week in September, we’ll be opening our chemistry labs to primary students. Primary schools are encouraged to express their interest for their year 4 – 6 students to attend the Kalgoorlie campus to take part in the BASF Kids’ Labs. They will discover the world of chemistry through simple, fun-filled experiments that showcase how chemistry plays a role in enriching our daily lives. Each ~2 hour session includes a talk about science, chemistry and safety, followed by hands-on chemistry activities in the university’s teaching labs.
Express your interest for your class to attend.
BASF Kids’ Lab@Curtin was a finalist for the Science Engagement Initiative of the Year in the 2023 Premier’s Science Awards. Check out the video.
Students get involved in the WA space exploration industry.
Target audience: high school students aged 12-17 years
This is your chance for your students to be involved in WA’s first-ever space satellite program. We’re looking for committed high school teachers and their students to design and build micro-experiments that can be included on Curtin’s Binar satellites.
Coding club for 7 years+
Target audience: students interested in coding
A fun, free volunteer-driven computer programming (coding) club for young people. There is a stream for students over 12 years old and a stream for children interested in Curtin’s Autism Academy (AASQA).
DISCOVER: Jan 2024
Holiday STEM program.
Target audience: year 9 & 10 students
A three-day extravaganza to help students to discover the world of research, innovation, science and engineering at Curtin. Students will do hands-on workshops, tour our research facilities and hear from motivating researchers.
Science communication competition.
Target audience: year 8 & 9 students
The junior version of FameLab which aims to increase students’ scientific knowledge and build communication skills and confidence.
FIRST Lego League
Teams build, test and program an autonomous robot.
Target audience: students aged 9-16 years
An engaging STEM and coding program for teachers to introduce in their schools. FIRST LEGO League runs in Wheatbelt, Goldfields, Albany, Southwest, Mid West, North and South metro regions.
Teams of up to ten students design and build a Lego robot, and undertake a research project culminating in interschool and state competitions. Regional and State finals will occur in Term 4.
FIRST Lego League won the Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year in the 2021 Premier’s Science Awards.
FIRST Robotics Competition
Join the pre-season this coming Spring.
Target audience: high school students aged 13-18 years
The FIRST Robotics Competition is a large-scale robotics building competition for teenagers. High school students are invited to join the Curtin team to build and design a robot over the spring and summer, ready for competitions in March and August each year.
Focus on Mining Camp 2024
Experience career and study options in mining.
Target audience: year 11-12 students from WA schools
Residential camps for students to explore careers and study pathways in WA’s resources sector. They’ll get to tour mine sites, participate in hands-on workshops and meet industry leaders. Thanks to the support of industry, places are at no cost.
Geology presentations for high schools
Invite a researcher to inspire your students.
Target audience: high school students
Our geology staff at Curtin University are available to present on selected topics at your school.
Please see their research interests below and contact the speakers directly.
Aaron Cavosie – Geologist and planetary scientist whose research interests include studying meteorite impact craters in Australia and elsewhere, and how they affect Earth. He teaches igneous petrology – the process that makes volcanoes, granites, lava flows, and other cool rocks formed at high temperatures
Denis Fougerouse – Research interests cover several aspects including nanoscale geochemistry (really small observations), ore deposit research (economically juicy), and geochronology (finding the age of rocks and minerals).
Fred Jourdan – Researcher and director of the Western Australia Argon Isotope Facility laboratory (they date rocks). His research interests cover all areas of argon geochronology and isotope geochemistry applied to a variety of geological processes. Other interests include volcanology and impact cratering processes on Earth, the moon, Mars and the asteroid belt. He is also involved in understanding the role of massive eruptions and large impact on mass extinctions.
Hugo Olierook – Has broad expertise in tectonics, mineral systems, geochronology, isotope geochemistry and basin analysis. His primary focus is designing, executing and managing geochronology and geochemistry projects for the mining and mineral exploration industry.
Katy Evans – Geologist and geochemist whose research interests range from subduction zones to mineral systems to surface processes to formation and evolution of the Earth.
Milo Barham – A fossils- and sediments-enthused Earth Scientist interested in reconstructing how our planet’s surface and its environments have evolved through time and how these changes link to deeper Earth processes.
Taryn Scharf – PhD student within the Timescales of Mineral Systems research group. Her work applies geocomputing to the deconvolution of mineral grain histories. She uses statistical tools, in conjunction with deep neural networks, to quantitatively model the relationships between zircon shape and environmental factors.
Girls+ Engineering Tomorrow
Inspiring and supporting girls to study engineering.
Target audience: female high school students
The Girls+ Engineering Tomorrow (GET) initiative inspires high school students with an interest in STEM to follow an engineering pathway through connecting students with role models, engaging workshops and information on engineering study and career pathways.
Indigenous Australian Engineering School: July 2024
Gain insights into the world of engineering.
Target audience: Indigenous students in years 9 – 12
A week-long residential program where students will experience university life, interact with industry professionals through networking sessions and career expos, and visit the sites of Perth shaped by engineers.
Mathematics Enrichment Classes
Activities to improve mathematical problem-solving skills.
Target audience: mathematically talented students in years 5 – 11
Curtin’s mathematics department run a series of after school and weekend maths extension classes each semester, with streams to suit each year level. The classes are intended for students interested in maths and keen to be extended.
National Science Week: 10-18 August
Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology.
Target audience: STEM-curious Australians
National Science Week features more than 1,000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.
Physics and Astronomy presentations for high schools
Invite a researcher to inspire your students.
Target audience: high school students
The Physics and Astronomy staff at Curtin University are available to present on selected topics at your school.
Please see the list of topics and contact the speakers directly.
Keep your kids engaged with Robo action during the school holidays.
Target audience: ages 8-15 years
Two-day holiday workshops for children interested in coding and robotics. With beginners, intermediate and advanced sessions, students learn how to program Lego Mindstorm robots.
STEM School Excursions
Limited spots available each term.
Target audience: year 7+
Inspire your class with a workshop from the STEM Outreach team; hear from current STEM Curtin students and participate in a range on hands on activities.
Contact STEMOutreach@curtin.edu.au for more details and booking requests.
WA Robotics Playoffs: August
WARP is more than just robots! Start a team or support a team.
Target audience: high school students & their teachers
The WA Robotics Playoffs are an opportunity for the WA FIRST Robotic Competition community to come together and compete. Teams of three robots face off to complete tasks such as throwing balls and hanging off beams.