ANSTO tours and events 
 

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

 

Highlighted tours:
 

 

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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Science Discovery tour
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. 

Learn more about dates and courses on offer.

 
     
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HIFAR Tour for Heritage Week

Visitors will step inside HIFAR, Australia's first nuclear reactor, as well as OPAL, ANSTO's new state-of-the-art research reactor. This two part tour will provide a picture of the amazing advancements made in nuclear science, and an insight to what might be possible in the future.

Dates and times here.

 
     
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Next Gen STEM Careers tours

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.

Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When:
Thursday 26 April, 10 am - 1 pm 
Thursday 19 July, 10 am - 1 pm
Thursday 11 October, 10 am - 1 pm

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Holiday science workshops for kids 

 
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Code a Bot Robotics

A hands-on class for younger kids taking their first steps in coding and robotics. Using interactive games and a group of friendly robots, we will explore sequences, logic, loops, bugs and more. 

 

Audience: Children aged 5-7 only
Cost: $40
 
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
 
When: 
9:00 am - 12 pm, Thursday 26 April 2018 (Fully booked)
1:00 pm - 4 pm, Thursday 26 April 2018 (Book now)
   

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Lego WeDo 2.0 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: $72
  
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
 
When: 
9:30 am - 3 pm, Thursday 19 April 2018 (Fully booked)
 
9:30 am - 3 pm, Friday 20 April 2018 (Fully booked)
   
Lego EV3 icon 150 Lego EV3 Robotics - Beginner and Masterclass

An exciting introduction to robotics using the 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: $72
 
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights 
 
When:  
Beginner workshop
9:30am - 3 pm, Thursday 19 April 2018 (Book now)
9:30am - 3 pm, Friday 20 April 2018 (Book now)
9:30am - 3 pm, Monday 23 April 2018 (Book now)
 
Masterclass workshop
9:30am - 3 pm, Thursday 24 April 2018 (Book now)
   
use the force - newton's cradle Use the Force

When we understand forces, we can do awesome things. Students will take a look at Newton’s Laws and really understand how they work and how we can use them to do some great experiments. We’ll learn the secrets behind experiments like jumping beads and the amazing tablecloth pull! Don’t let inertia stop you from participating in this one. Workshop delivered in partnership with Fizzics Education.

 

Audience: Children aged 8-14 years

Cost: $35

Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights

When: 

9 am - 12 pm, Monday 16 April 2018

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Exploring Science

Covering light, sound, movement, energy changes, air pressure and more as your child uses the hands-on science toys and experiments themselves. Plus our demonstrator will show you how can you sit on a chair of nails and shoot fog rings across the room... and you'll get to make gooey slime, giant bubbles & more! 

Audience: Children aged 8-14 years

Cost: $35

Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights

When:

1 pm - 4 pm, Monday 16 April 2018

9 am - 12 pm, Tuesday 17 April 2018

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3D Printing Workshop

In this workshop you'll be learning the basics of 3D design and printing by making your own custom name tags, 3D characters and other objects. We'll be using tinkercad.com to design our digital creations, and all models designed on the day but not finished will be mailed out after the workshop to your address. 3D printers are fun but very slow so we'll also be using our 3D pens to hand-make fun designs limited only by your imagination!
All workshops are delivered by accredited educators with experience in science, engineering, programming and robotics. 

Audience: Children aged 10-15 years

Cost: $45

Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights

When:

9 am - 12 pm, Monday 23 April 2018

1 pm - 4 pm, Monday 23 April 2018

9 am - 12 pm, Tuesday 24 April 2018

1 pm - 4 pm, Tuesday 24 April 2018

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Gross and Gory Workshop

Ewwww, gross!
Learn how things that look creepy and gooey are actually playing a role in keeping you healthy. Make fake snot, vile vomit bombs, exploding pimples, fake wounds and more. Not for the faint-hearted...but so much fun!

 

Audience: Children aged 8-14 years

Cost: $35
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights

When:

9 am - 12 pm, Wednesday 18 April 2018

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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!

 

Audience: Children aged 8-14 years

Cost: $35

Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights

When: 1pm - 4pm, Tuesday 17 April 2018

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Stop Motion

Learn movie making techniques (Claymation and Stop-frame animations) used in TV favourites such as Wallace & Gromit, Morph, Pingu and Shaun the Sheep.

 

Audience: 8-14 year olds
Cost: $35
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When:
9 am - 12 pm, Thursday 26 April 2018

1 pm - 4 pm, Thursday 26 April 2018

 
Weather Icon (Smaller) Natural Disasters

In a hands-on workshop, students investigate earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, fire storms, landslides, meteorites and other natural disasters. Presented by Fizzics Education.

 

Audience: 8-14 year olds
Cost: $35
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When:
1 pm - 4 pm, Wednesday 18 April 2018
 
Robot Icon (Smallest) Programmable Robotics

Build exciting games and robotics using the BBC microbits. All materials are provided for this workshop. Bring your enthusiasm and creativity.

 

Audience: 10-13 year olds
Cost: $35
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When:
9 am - 12 pm, Friday 27 April 2018
1 pm - 4 pm, Friday 27 April 2018