Understanding how things work can make the world a much more interesting place and can lead to an exciting job
Science is everywhere in today’s world. It is part of our daily lives - in the food you eat every day (nutrition), in the car that you drive (engineering) and in your own body and how it works (health).
Useful science links
Science Career Programs
- National Youth Science Forum - A 12 day holiday program for students commencing Year 12 who are considering a career in science, engineering or technology. Activities focus on personal development, career awareness and scientific research and experimentation.
- Geosciences Summer School - A free program run by the SA government and industry sponsors offering insight into career paths in geoscientific and mining industries.
- Science and Engineering Challenge - An outreach program for Year 9 and 10 students conducted nationally by the University of Newcastle. Each challenge day offers 250 students a series of competitive activities designed to demonstrate the varied and practical elements of a career in the science and engineering industries and provide information about possible career options.
- The Science Experience - Check out the South Australian dates for these science activities guided by scientists who love their work. Students can perform experiments in laboratories, meet and hear senior lecturers and walk around and experience what it is like to be on the campus of a university.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
- Science Bootcamp - An immersive two-day science experience for secondary school students.
- Sustainable Futures - Sustainable Futures is an educational program that combines the latest in climate science with education in sustainability. This program was formerly known as CarbonKids.
- CSIRO Creativity in Science and Technology (CREST) Awards program - A non-competitive program which allows students to undertake real life science and technology research programs involving creativity, perseverance and application. An in-school activity with teaching and support material on the website.
- Scientists in Schools - A program promoting long-term partnerships between scientists/engineers and teachers to mentor students doing science projects, arrange excursions, discuss science careers and ‘hot topics’ and many other activities.
Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)
- RiAus - A hub within the Science Exchange for science dialogue, discussion and activity in the Adelaide CBD which reaches around the country and across the world. It runs a variety of seasonal programs including engaging in other local events such as the Adelaide Fringe Festival to promote science awareness.
- STEM Career Packs - Aims to make students aware of careers in STEM and the importance of STEM in their everyday lives. The career resources are aimed at primary, middle school teachers and careers counsellors, which include interview footage and classroom activities aligned to the Australian Curriculum.
- Science Pages - This is an online directory of STEM activities ideal for South Australian school teachers and their students. It lists the best local activities and schemes available in one place.
- Australia’s Science Channel - RiAus has launched RiAus TV, which aims to promote public awareness and understanding of science.
Science Events and Centres
- Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) - An annual 9-10 day residential program for Indigenous students from around Australia to experience a rich curriculum of science, maths and technology delivered by leading teachers and scientists. The program also offers a cultural component and is based at the Australian Science and Maths School.
- I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here - An Australian Idol-style competition for scientists with a twist – because student are the judges.
- National Science Week - Australia’s annual celebration of Science and Technology, with more than 1000 science events around the nation, encouraging an interest in science pursuits among the general public.
- Primary Industry Centre for Science and Education - A national initiative providing Primary Industries-based teacher and student resources to help today’s students become tomorrow’s scientists. They have a range of activities which include an industry placement scholarship, Science investigation awards, a year 9/10 science camp, Teacher Professional Development and Science for Growth Awards.
- The Young Scientists of Australia, Adelaide Chapter Inc. - A volunteer group for all young people aged 14-25 who share a common interest in areas of science, engineering and technology.
- Hackerspace Adelaide - An open group of people with an interest in electronics, computing, technology, science, digital art and electronic art, who meet to share and work on ideas. A space where you can work on your creations in a community space shared with like-minded members, work together to create solutions and support each other in bringing your creative concept to life.
- GrowSmart Careers in Science - A program in the Riverland which provides school sessions on cutting edge research and the importance of science to the agricultural industry, a two day program of professional development for teachers, and a science camp and industry placement program for select students.
- Mobile Science Education - A service providing in-school and vacation care science events, as well as tours of the Pelican Point power plant and some teacher professional development.
- SciWorld - A South Australian non-profit organisation that provides science outreach programs in schools, including school visits and hosting school industry tours.
- South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) Education Program - A geosciences education program for both primary and secondary schools, including outreach sessions, careers information, speakers in schools and teaching resources.