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Become a Scientist for a day

By: Ms Catherine Beehag, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 09 Feb 2015

Each 'Scientist For a Day' program has different themes, designed to show kids what it’s like to work in different areas of science.

Scientist for a Day: Weird Science

Scientist for a Day: Weird Science
Photographer:  © Australian Museum

Our Scientist For a Day program is a full day social and educational workshop for young minds aged 8-12, with a focus on encouraging a curiosity for and understanding of science. Each Scientist For a day program has different themes, designed to show kids what it’s like to work in different areas of science.

The programs include hands on activities and experiments that provide practical demonstrations of the content being taught, as well as rare behind the scenes opportunities that allow the kids to engage with practicing scientists within the museum, as well as the external science community.

Our gallery visits get the children to explore the museum with the aid of specifically tailored tours and learning activities that allow the children to engage with our collections and learn how to use them later on to further their own individual interests.

As well as our gallery visits and guest speakers the program includes craft activities that allow the creative expression of concepts being learned and the creation of a physical object that can be taken home as a reminder of the things that were learnt throughout the day.

For 2015 our programs will look to coincide with what is going on in the external science community and to allow the children to engage in topics that are presented by the museum’s exhibitions and that relate to fields researched by AM scientists.

Our January programs kicked off the year with an exploration of both science and culture as the children learnt about the Mighty Aztecs and Evolution with guest talks from AM staff Karen Player, Fran Dorey, Robin Torrence and Melissa Murray.

The programs and dates for the rest of 2015 are:
“Let’s Get Dirty!” – April 8th & 9th
“Come into the Light” – April 15th & 16th
“Ocean Secrets” – July 1st & 2nd
“Into the Wild” – July 8th & 9th
“Lose your senses” – Sept 23rd & 25th
“Let’s Get Humerus!” – Sept 30th & Oct 1st

Program details:
Age: 8-12 years
9am-3pm
Cost: $110 (Members), $135 (Non-Members)

Bookings required: Please call 02 9320 6389 or email SciCom@austmus.gov.au