ANSTO tours and events 
 

Learn more about ANSTO tours, kids school holiday workshops, science conferences and other public events.
 


Community and education tours
 

 
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Up and Atom school holiday tours

On our Up and Atom tours we will take you on an exciting journey into the world at the atomic scale. Dates and times here

 
 

 

 
   
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The Science Discovery Tour gives you an insight into the world of nuclear science and the work ANSTO does. Dates and times here

 

 
 
   
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Teacher professional development

ANSTO is an endorsed provider with BOSTES for Standards 2 and 3 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher. Teachers can accrue BOSTES-registered professional development hours for many of our professional development programs.


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about dates and courses on offer

 
   
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Careers Q&A
 

A careers day focussing on the diverse career pathways inside a major scientific and engineering facility. A panel of scientists will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the interesting and various career pathways they took to arrive at ANSTO.


Dates: Thursday April 13, Thursday July 13 and Thursday October 5
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration: 3 hours
Audience: Adults and children 14 years plus
Cost: Free

 

Kids workshops 

 
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Lego WeDo Robotics 

An exciting introduction to robotics using ANSTO's LEGO WeDo kits. In this full day workshop, you will build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors, program your models and participate in fun design challenges.

 
Audience: Children aged 7-9 only
Cost: $60
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When: Wednesday January 11, Thursday January 12 and Friday January 13, 9.30am-3pm

 

 
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Lego EV3 Robotics 
An exciting introduction to robotics using the ANSTO LEGO Mindstorm kits. In this full day workshop, you will build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors, program your models and participate in fun design challenges.

 
Audience: Children aged 10-14 only
Cost: $60
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When:  Monday January 16, Tuesday January 17 and Wednesday January 18, 9.30am-3pm
 
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Water Rockets workshops
Design your own water rocket and watch it fly as you launch it into the sky!

Cost: $12 (accompanying adult is free)
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When: Monday January 9, Tuesday January 10, Wednesday January 11, Thursday January 12 and Friday January 13, 9.30-11am
8-14 year olds Book now

 

 
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Atomic Kids
Discover the microscopic world of atoms! Kids will explore and touch different elements, including gold, zinc, carbon and helium, interpret the Periodic Table (the "alphabet of the universe"), build models of molecules using bonding theory, and write their own chemical formulas.
 
Audience: 6-12 year olds
Cost: $12
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When:
6-9 years: Monday January 23, 10.30-12pm; Tuesday January 24, 10.30-12pm; Wednesday January 25, 10.30-12pm\
10-12 years: Monday January 23, 2-3.30pm; Tuesday January 24, 2-3.30pm.
 
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Extreme Engineering
Get your build on! Explore the world of engineering through a series of activities designed to make you think creatively around design challenges. Presented by Fizzics Education.

Audience: 8-14 year olds
Cost: $30
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When: Monday January 16 and Tuesday January 17, 9am-12pm
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Create A Buzz
Learn all about types of circuits, resistors, diodes, motors as you build interesting circuits and put them to work. Presented by Fizzics Education.

Audience: 8-14 year olds
Cost: $30
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When: Monday January 16, Tuesday January 17, 1pm-4pm
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Perfect paper planes
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. Presented by Fizzics Education. 
 
Audience: 7-14 year olds
Cost: $30
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When: Wednesday January 18 and Friday January 20, 9am-12pm. Book now!
 
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Geoscience
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. Presented by Fizzics Education. 
 
Audience: 7-14 year olds
Cost: $30
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When: Wednesday January 18 and Friday January 20, 1pm-4pm.
 
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Design your plot, draw your storyboard, build your characters and sets. Change your backgrounds, add sounds and voiceovers and edit out the bloopers.

Audience: 9-12 year olds
Cost: $30
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When: Monday January 9 and Tuesday January 10, 9-12pm and 12.30-3.30pm.
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Community events 

 
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ANSTO Big Ideas Forum

The ANSTO Big Ideas Forum brought 22 students and 11 teachers from across Australia to Sydney to meet world-class researchers and get hands-on with amazing technology for a week. This event was free – flights, travel, accommodation and meals were covered by ANSTO.

Date: Dates TBC for 2017. Applications opening in March 2017.
Cost: Free
Where: ANSTO Lucas Heights campus, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
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Science events and conferences 

  
 
 AS User Meeting 2016

Australian Synchrotron User Meeting 2016

Featuring local and international plenary speakers, the 2016 User Meeting will showcase the best research undertaken at the Australian Synchrotron and provide updates on cutting-edge technique and application developments featuring themes and sessions on advanced materials, biological systems, structural biology, earth and environment, therapies, surfaces, industry and imaging. Open for registrations and accepting abstract submissions.

Date: 24-25  November 2016
Where: Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton Vic
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