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ANSTO Holiday Programs

ANSTO Holiday Programs

During the January 2019 holidays we're again 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 groundbreaking research being conducted by ANSTO scientists every day to better our lives.
  • Half and full day holiday program workshops and activities appropriate for all Sydney school-aged children.
  • Please bring food, a drink, a hat and appropriate clothing for science activities.
  • Requirements, FAQ’s & Allergy Policy

What to bring to our holiday programs

  • snacks for breaks (including lunch if your child is staying for the whole day
  • hat
  • water bottle
  • any medications – Any children that require an EpiPen must bring a minimum of 1 on the day in association with the ASCIA Guidelines as well as associated Anaphylaxis Management Plans
  • Requirements, FAQ’s & Allergy Policy

If children want to stay for the full day, simply book your child into the 2 x half day workshops and we’ll take care of them during the break! These holiday program workshops sell out quickly – get in early to ensure that you don’t miss out!

NB: No peanuts allowed on-site.

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 may be available if the event is cancelled or rescheduled.

How to get to ANSTO (Lucas Heights, NSW)

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 to bring to our holiday programs

Extreme Engineering

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!

Please bring a snack (no nuts), a drink and a hat with you on the day and also please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty!

Thursday, January 10, 9:00am to 12:00pm

Forensics Workshop

This forensic science workshop is designed to intrigue budding super sleuths who enjoy their science mixed with a bit of drama. Workshop includes:

Fingerprinting and blood typing
Facial reconstruction through computer and real models
Hair and fibre analysis
Fluorescence of oils and DNA comparisons
Latent image detection, chromatography and shoe impression casting
Evidence collection and more…

Time is also spent discussing why crime scenes are isolated from the public, why certain evidence is more valuable than others and why a clear chain of evidence is needed from the crime scene to the eventual court case.

Age: 8 –12 years
Cost $35 inc. GST

Thursday, January 10 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm or Friday, January 11 from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Gross & Gory Science

Ewwww, gross!
Explore all things creepy and gooey in the name of studying the human body. Make fake snot, vile vomit bombs, exploding pimples, fake wounds and more. Not for the faint-hearted…but so much fun!

  • Please bring a snack, a drink and a hat with you on the day!
  • Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty!
  • Requirements & FAQs

Age: 8 –12 years
Cost $35 inc. GST

Friday, January 11, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Exploring Science

Explore why science is so much fun! Kids will be discovering light, sound, movement, energy changes, air pressures and more through hands-on experiments and experiences themselves. You will get to also experiment with some activities which will test your knowledge and your confidence in science!

Monday, January 21 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm or Tuesday, January 22 from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Natural Disasters

In a hands-on workshop, students investigate earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, firestorms, landslides, meteorites and other natural disasters.

  • Wear old clothes
  • Please bring a snack, a drink and a hat with you on the day.
  • Requirements & FAQs

Ages 8 to 12 years
Cost $35 inc. GST

Monday, January 21, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Chemical concoctions

Explore what happens when stuff gets mixed together in this exciting program all about chemistry. Explore chemical and physical changes, the science behind acid rain, the chemistry of fireworks, how things glow and more!

See super cool chemistry experiments and then conduct several of your own – all using ingredients that you can find in the pantry at home!

  • Wear old clothes
  • Please bring a snack, a drink and a hat with you on the day.
  • Requirements & FAQs

Ages 8 to 12 years
Cost $35 inc. GST

Tuesday, January 22, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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