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ANSTO Holiday Programs

Holiday science workshops for Sydney Kids 

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During the April 2017 holidays we're collaborating with ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) at their unique Discovery Centre to provide a range of exciting, engaging and hands-on school holiday programs! 

This unique site offers the opportunity for your kids to find out more about the ground breaking research being conducted by ANSTO scientists every day to better our lives.
  • Half and full day holiday program workshops & activities appropriate for all Sydney school aged children!
  • Please bring food, a drink, a hat and appropriate clothing for science activities.
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What to bring to our holiday programs

  • lunch and morning tea 
  • hat
  • water bottle
  • any medications

NB: No peanuts allowed on-site

If children stay for the full day simply book your child into 2 x half day workshops and we'll take care of them during the break!

These holiday programs often sell out early; get in early to ensure that you don't miss out! 
Refunds available if the event is cancelled or rescheduled.

How to get to ANSTO (Lucas Heights, NSW)

ANSTO Discovery Centre location

Northern Approach
  1. Take the M5 to the Fairford Rd exit which is marked with signs to Menai and Wollongong
  2. (please note that a toll is payable).
  3. Head south for approximately 14kms staying on Fairford
  4. Rd as it turns into Davies Rd,
  5. Alford’s Point Rd and New Illawarra Rd (all of these will be designated as Route 6). 
Southern Approach
  1. Take the Princes Highway to Engadine then turn into Heathcote Rd which is marked with signs to Menai and Liverpool.
  2. Head west for 5.4 kms and turn right onto New Illawarra Rd for 1.8 kms.
  3. ANSTO will be on your right
Once within the ANSTO complex
  1. Turn off New Illawarra Rd onto Rutherford Ave and proceed approximately 150 metres to a roundabout at the top of the small hill.
  2. If you are arriving by car, turn left (marked with signs to Motel Café) and then into one of the car parks immediately on your left or right.
  3. Walk to the Discovery Centre which is directly opposite the Café next to Gate 19, using the footpaths and pedestrian crossings provided.
What parents are saying about our science shows & workshops
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ANSTO Holiday Science Programs

April 2017 Holiday Science Programs @ ANSTO, Lucas Heights

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Create a Buzz Electricity Workshop

How does electricity work? Why does static electricity zap me? What makes a motor turn?
Learn all about types of circuits, resistors, diodes, motors as we put them all together to makes interesting circuits that do really cool things. We’ll also investigate electrical and magnetic fields and how your body can conduct electricity – a truly “hair-raising” experience!

Please bring a snack, a drink and a hat with you on the day.

Age: 8 – 14 years
Cost $30 inc. GST 

Thursday, April 20

Time: 9:00pm to 12:00pm

TO BOOK>>> Click here to book on ANSTO's Eventbrite webpage

Pair this with the afternoon session of Geoscience to make a full day of holiday science fun!

Geology rocks! Enter the geology lab as we look at rock formation, minerals and more in a fun hands-on holiday workshop. Grow your own crystals, find out how volcanoes erupt, learn about earthquakes, discover why plants favour particular soils and participate in the techniques used by geologists to study and classify the Earth.

  • Wear old clothes… we’re going to get dirty! 
  • Please bring a snack, a drink and a hat with you on the day.

Age: 7 – 14 years
Cost $30 inc. GST 

Thursday, April 20

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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Perfect paper planes

Learn how flight really works! Get your science-loving kids out of the house and flying high, investigating how to make the perfect paper plane. Flying toilet paper, shooting smoke rings, tea bag rockets and perfect paper planes are the best way to learn about the wonders of flight, weather and physics in action!

Age: 7–14 years 
Cost $30 inc. GST

Friday, April 21

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

TO BOOK>>> Click here for ANSTO's Eventbrite page

Pair this with the afternoon program of Extreme Engineering for a full day of holiday science fun! 

Extreme Engineering Workshop

Get your build on! The kids will have a blast in this holiday workshop where they put their imagination to the test constructing all sorts of contraptions. Engineers take scientific concepts and use them to make things bigger and better. We’ll be exploring the world of engineering through a series of activities designed to make you creatively think around design challenges.

We’ll investigate how civil engineers use different shapes to design and build structures like towers and bridges to give them as much strength as possible... with a little competition to boot! Then we’ll look at how mechanical engineers use of simple machines such as levers, pulleys and inclined planes to create complex machines using Meccano and other common materials. We'll also complete an engineering challenge to make a spacecraft survive a landing!

Age: 8–14 years 
Cost $30 inc. GST

Friday, April 21

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

TO BOOK>>> Click here for ANSTO's Eventbrite page

Pair this with the afternoon program of Create a Buzz for a full day of holiday science fun! 

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  • Fun science experiments that you can do at class or home! 
  • Use for science projects or lesson plans or even your own holiday programs.
  • Step by step instructions make each science experiment fun, safe, cheap and easy to make.
  • There are also links to good science websites, so teachers, parents and students can use this section as an online science resource. 
  • Of course, the science experiments are highly engaging for all kids! 
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