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ANSTO Holiday Programs

Holiday science workshops for Sydney Kids 

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During the September 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  (supervision during lunchtime is not available unfortunately)
  • hat
  • water bottle
  • any medications

NB: No peanuts allowed on-site

These holiday programs often sell out early; get in early to ensure that you don't miss out!  A Parent or Guardian is required to sign the child in upon arrival and then sign them out when picking them up after the workshop. 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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Fizzics are leading lights in science communication and schools outreach. They invariably deliver engaging programs which strike the right balance between curriculum relevance and off-the-wall fun.
Reliable, qualified, friendly, innovative and committed to delivering quality programs. All the things we look for in an education partner.

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ANSTO Holiday Science Programs

September 2017 Holiday Science Programs @ ANSTO, Lucas Heights

Maker Mayhem

Using a range of materials, including Lego Technics, students will learn all about how things move and investigate mechanical systems like gears and pulleys. We'll then explore how science and engineering can be used to make art as we build Scribblebots to take home, playing with different designs to create awesome patterns.

Age: 6–14 years 
Cost $30 inc. GST

Monday, September 25
Wednesday, September 27

Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

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building meccano machine
Extreme Engineering

Get your build on!

The kids will have a blast in this school holiday workshop where they put their imagination to the test constructing all sorts of contraptions. We’ll investigate the design and structures of towers and bridges to understand what give them the strength to hold up, we’ll create complex machines using common materials and undertake a challenge in making a spacecraft survive a landing!

Age: 8–14 years 
Cost $45 inc. GST

September 25
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Clip circuits
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 

September 26

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm


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 favor 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.

Ages 7 to 14 years

Tuesday, 26 September
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Wednesday, 27 September
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Cost $30 inc. GST 

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

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Over 100+ Free Online Science Experiments!

  • 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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1300 856 828

Unit 10/55 Fourth Ave
Blacktown, NSW 2148, Australia
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