CSIRO Lab Workshops

All year round, on the holidays and out of school, we offer engaging workshops in our CSIRO Lab for young scientists, engineers and makers.

Scitech CSIRO Lab Workshops mainly cater for children aged 4 to 16 years old. There is a variety of workshop topics all year round, to ensure there's something for everyone. These range from 1 hour to all day and multiweek series during term time.

Inspire your children to keep exploring the fascinating world of science and technology at home by igniting their interest in STEM with these hands-on activities.

• Learn about STEM in an engaging environment
• Practice skills and explore ideas
• Build self-esteem and confidence
• Make new friends with other like-minded peers

All workshops are held in the CSIRO Lab unless stated otherwise.

July - September 2019

Micro - Mini Biologists – Ages 4 to 8 6, 8 or 9 July

Introduce your little scientists to the fascinating microscopic world. Using digital and dissecting microscopes, explore living things up close and make observations. All children receive a magnifying glass to take home.

When Sat 6, Mon 8 or Tue 9 July
Time 9.30 am – 10.30 am
Ages 4 to 6 years old
Time 11.00 am – 12.00 pm
Ages 4 to 8 years old
Time 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Ages 6 to 8 years old
Cost Member $15.00, Non-member $18.00

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Kinetic Machines – Ages 7 to 11 10 or 11 July

Learn about the physics of machines, levers, cams and cranks by making a machine with moving parts. Design and build your own kinetic machine to take home.

When Wed 10 or Thu 11 July
Time 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Ages 7 - 11 year olds
Cost Member $85.00, Non-member $95.00

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Rescue Robots – Ages 6 to 10 12 or 13 July

Introduce your future programmer to coding with this adventure filled workshop. Use Ozobots to learn the basics of coding and help your robot to get safely across the obstacle course.

When Fri 12 or Sat 13 July
Time 9.30 am – 10.30 am
Ages 6 to 8 years old
Time 11.30 am – 12.30 pm
Ages 6 to 10 years old
Time 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Ages 8 to 10 years old
Cost Member $13.50, Non-member $15.00

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Puzzle Time – Ages 7 to 1115, 16 or 17 July

Your child will love being challenged to solve several puzzles, from simple puzzles to three-dimensional complex brain teasers. They will develop problem solving and complex thinking skills. They will design and make their own puzzle to take home to challenge friends and family. Bring a packed lunch, water bottle and snacks for the day.

When Mon 15, Tue 16 or Wed 17 July
Time 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Ages 7 to 11 years old
Cost Member $85.00, Non-member $95.00

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Wriggly Worm Farms – Ages 4 to 1218 or 19 July

The whole family is invited to learn all about our wriggly worm friends and what they can do for our environment. Use microscopes to observe worm anatomy and test the soil quality. Parents are encouraged to work together with their child to build a habitat to take your new worm pets home.

Parents, guardians and older siblings are free to attend with a young friend.

When Thu 18 or Fri 19 July
Time 10.00 am – 11.30 am
Ages 4 to 12 years old
Time 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm
Ages 4 to 12 years old
Cost Member $17.00, Non-member $20.00

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Automata Maker Lab – Ages 10 to 16 (GIRLS ONLY)20 July

Learn about kinetic energy, cams and cranks by making a machine that moves a character up and down or around and round depending on your design. Take your automata home to show off to friends and family.

When Sat 20 July
Time 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Ages 10 to 16 years old
Cost Member $20.00, Non-member $22.00

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Automata Maker Lab – Ages 10 to 1620 July

Learn about kinetic energy, cams and cranks by making a machine that moves a character up and down or around and round depending on your design. Take your automata home to show off to friends and family.

When Sat 20 July
Time 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Ages 10 to 16 years old
Cost Member $20.00, Non-member $22.00

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Term 3 Series

Generator Geniuses – Ages 11 to 1611 Aug

How can you make electricity by hand? Join a team of young arts and science innovators as we learn how to transform electric motors into hand-cranked generators. In this workshop you'll learn about electromagnetic energy and sustainability by using a recycled motor to turn motion into electricity and electricity into light and sound.

When Sun 11 August
Time 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Ages 11 to 16 years old
Cost Member $10.00, Non-member $12.00

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Science Investigator Series – Ages 6 to 11 Term 3, Saturdays

Spend 7 weeks doing experiments using a variety of science inquiry skills and make something awesome to take home in each week. All participants receive a lab coat and earn cool badges. Explore the wonders of chemistry and physics as follows:

• Week 1 - Lab Induction & Slimy chemistry
• Week 2 - Strange Nanotech Materials
• Week 3 - States of Matter
• Week 4 - Rockets
• Week 5 - Flight and planes
• Week 6 - Acids and Bases
• Week 7 - Lava Lamps

When Saturdays 10 Aug – 21 Sept
Time 9.30 am – 10.45 am
Ages 6 to 9 years old
Time 1.30 pm – 2.45 pm
Ages 9 to 11 years old
Cost Member $120, Non-member $135

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Electronic Maker Lab Series – Ages 9 to 14 Term 3, After School, Thursdays

In this 8-week series you will learn all about circuits and electronic components. Learn about generating electricity by making a battery using pickles, and tinker with circuits and real electronic components. Apply your knowledge to invent and make your own wearable LED badge. As your tinkering ability develops, you’ll design and build a phone case or pencil case that lights up and makes noise. 

When Thursdays 8 Aug to 26 Sept
Time 4.15 pm – 5.30 pm
Ages 9 to 14 years old
Cost Member $135, Non-member $150

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CSIRO Lab Workshops Scitech CSIRO Lab Workshops mainly cater for children aged 4 to 16 years old. There is a variety of workshop topics all year round, to ensure there's something for everyone. These range from 1 hour to all day and multiweek series during term time. Inspire your children to keep exploring the fascinating world of science and technology at home by igniting their interest in STEM with these hands-on activities. • Learn about STEM in an engaging environment• Practice skills and explore ideas • Build self-esteem and confidence • Make new friends with other like-minded peers All workshops are held in the CSIRO Lab unless stated otherwise. July - September 2019 Introduce your little scientists to the fascinating microscopic world. Using digital and dissecting microscopes, explore living things up close and make observations. All children receive a magnifying glass to take home. When Sat 6, Mon 8 or Tue 9 July Time 9.30 am – 10.30 am Ages 4 to 6 years old Time 11.00 am – 12.00 pm Ages 4 to 8 years old Time 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Ages 6 to 8 years old Cost Member $15.00, Non-member $18.00   Learn about the physics of machines, levers, cams and cranks by making a machine with moving parts. Design and build your own kinetic machine to take home. When Wed 10 or Thu 11 July Time 9.00 am – 3.00 pm Ages 7 - 11 year olds Cost Member $85.00, Non-member $95.00   Introduce your future programmer to coding with this adventure filled workshop. Use Ozobots to learn the basics of coding and help your robot to get safely across the obstacle course. When Fri 12 or Sat 13 July Time 9.30 am – 10.30 am Ages 6 to 8 years old Time 11.30 am – 12.30 pm Ages 6 to 10 years old Time 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Ages 8 to 10 years old Cost Member $13.50, Non-member $15.00   Your child will love being challenged to solve several puzzles, from simple puzzles to three-dimensional complex brain teasers. They will develop problem solving and complex thinking skills. They will design and make their own puzzle to take home to challenge friends and family. Bring a packed lunch, water bottle and snacks for the day. When Mon 15, Tue 16 or Wed 17 July Time 9.00 am – 3.00 pm Ages 7 to 11 years old Cost Member $85.00, Non-member $95.00   The whole family is invited to learn all about our wriggly worm friends and what they can do for our environment. Use microscopes to observe worm anatomy and test the soil quality. Parents are encouraged to work together with their child to build a habitat to take your new worm pets home. Parents, guardians and older siblings are free to attend with a young friend. When Thu 18 or Fri 19 July Time 10.00 am – 11.30 am Ages 4 to 12 years old Time 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm Ages 4 to 12 years old Cost Member $17.00, Non-member $20.00   Learn about kinetic energy, cams and cranks by making a machine that moves a character up and down or around and round depending on your design. Take your automata home to show off to friends and family. When Sat 20 July Time 10.00 am – 12.00 pm Ages 10 to 16 years old Cost Member $20.00, Non-member $22.00   Learn about kinetic energy, cams and cranks by making a machine that moves a character up and down or around and round depending on your design. Take your automata home to show off to friends and family. When Sat 20 July Time 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm Ages 10 to 16 years old Cost Member $20.00, Non-member $22.00   Term 3 Series How can you make electricity by hand? Join a team of young arts and science innovators as we learn how to transform electric motors into hand-cranked generators. In this workshop you'll learn about electromagnetic energy and sustainability by using a recycled motor to turn motion into electricity and electricity into light and sound. When Sun 11 August Time 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm Ages 11 to 16 years old Cost Member $10.00, Non-member $12.00   Spend 7 weeks doing experiments using a variety of science inquiry skills and make something awesome to take home in each week. All participants receive a lab coat and earn cool badges. Explore the wonders of chemistry and physics as follows: • Week 1 - Lab Induction & Slimy chemistry• Week 2 - Strange Nanotech Materials • Week 3 - States of Matter • Week 4 - Rockets • Week 5 - Flight and planes • Week 6 - Acids and Bases • Week 7 - Lava Lamps When Saturdays 10 Aug – 21 Sept Time 9.30 am – 10.45 am Ages 6 to 9 years old Time 1.30 pm – 2.45 pm Ages 9 to 11 years old Cost Member $120, Non-member $135   In this 8-week series you will learn all about circuits and electronic components. Learn about generating electricity by making a battery using pickles, and tinker with circuits and real electronic components. Apply your knowledge to invent and make your own wearable LED badge. As your tinkering ability develops, you’ll design and build a phone case or pencil case that lights up and makes noise.  When Thursdays 8 Aug to 26 Sept Time 4.15 pm – 5.30 pm Ages 9 to 14 years old Cost Member $135, Non-member $150   Sign up to the Scitech eNews to be the first to know when bookings open.    Experimenting and thinking outside the box is highly encouraged  
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