7 ways to celebrate National Science Week

National Science Week is the perfect opportunity to expand your STEM knowledge and discover (or rediscover) the joys of science and technology.

Why is National Science Week celebrated, you ask? Because when we take part in science, a world of opportunity opens up.

National Science Week was established in 1997 and acknowledges the contributions of Australian scientists to our society. It also encourages kids and adults alike to discover the benefits of science—including the pleasure of being creative, expanding your ability to think critically, seeing different job opportunities for your own future, and becoming more aware of other cultures.

What date is National Science Week?

National Science Week, held between 12 – 20 August 2023, is the perfect opportunity to expand your scientific knowledge and discover (or rediscover) the joys of science and technology.

This celebration of science and technology is for everyone, of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. With more than 1,000 events held around Australia, there’s sure to be something that ignites your curiosity.

Here are seven ways to get involved:

1. Learn more about First Nations science

Learning about science isn’t just for school students. There’s plenty for adults to get curious about, too, and your new discoveries might inspire you to investigate further or start conversations with others.

A fascinating learning should be First Nations science. After all, science has always been, and continues to be, a part of everyday life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for over 65,000 years.

If you’re looking for fun and educational activities to do with the kids that centre around First Nations science, download our free 2023 DeadlyScience Guide to Innovation – Teacher Guide (PDF 6.9MB). This year’s guide encourages educators, learners and families to explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander innovations, which is the 2023 National Science Week theme. Find resources, lesson ideas and activities that explore wind, sun and water energy—encouraging people to think about ways Indigenous Peoples used natural resources in the past, and how we can learn from those practices.

Also, set yourself a reminder to tune into the TV series, ‘The First Inventors’ on SBS. This highly successful program follows a team of First Nations investigators as they explore the innovations and science behind the world’s oldest living culture. It’s the perfect show (and conversation starter) for the whole family.

2. Shout the kids in your life a DeadlyScience book

DeadlyScience is a charity that empowers Indigenous students to discover science, technology, engineering and maths pathways.

To date, DeadlyScience has provided more than 25,000 books, 700 telescopes, Lego kits and other STEM resources to over 700 communities. In fact, ‘The First Scientists’ by Corey Tutt OAM of DeadlyScience won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature at the 2023 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Australia Post is proud to partner with DeadlyScience to deliver even more science books and equipment to First Nations schools and communities across Australia. This is part of our commitment to literacy and education.

To celebrate National Science Week, treat the kids in your life with a DeadlyScience book to help them learn about different aspects of Australian science through a First Nations lens.

3. Experience the fun of a science centre

One of the most exciting things about science is that it ranges across a number of topics—so there’s something to interest everyone.

What’s even better is, there’s a way to get hands-on with whatever type of science gets your heart pumping! Whether you’re into dinosaurs, plants, stars, caves or adrenalin-rushing experiences, National Science Week is the perfect excuse to indulge your curiosity. Check out a science centre near you and enjoy a fun day out with the whole family.

4. Learn how crocodile eggs are harvested

Ever wondered how to harvest a crocodile egg? You’ll find this online event fascinating.

Learn from local Northern Territory Rangers as they harvest giant reptiles’ eggs and talk about the importance of gathering and monitoring their data.

5. Try a science project at home

Of course, you can get involved with science at any time you like. During National Science Week (and beyond), get into some fun science experiments at home. This could include making maths-themed food, doing some chemistry using everyday kitchen items, investigating weather science and more. Get some great ideas for DIY science in our 2023 DeadlyScience Guide to Innovation – Teacher Guide (PDF 6.9MB), perfect for those wet weather days.

6. Find out about your school’s science activities

Many schools, universities and libraries celebrate National Science Week with activities relating to the current theme.

This year’s theme is ‘Innovation: Powering Future Industries’. Schools can hold activities, demonstrations and events that incorporate themes around advancements in technology—from artificial intelligence (AI) to advancements agriculture, medicine and renewable energy.

Have a chat to your school or local library about the fun activities they have planned.

7. Turn STEM into STEAM

When you take STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and add art, you get STEAM. You also see magic happen.
If you, or a child in your life, love a bit of art and also want to delve into National Science Week, consider taking part in an art competition.

Get some beautiful patterns happening and submit your artwork.

Find out more about how we’re working with DeadlyScience to deliver science books and resources to First Nations schools and communities across Australia.