ANSTO tours and events 
 

Learn more about ANSTO tours, kids school holiday workshops 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.

 

Learn more about dates and courses on offer.

 
   
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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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Water Rockets

Do you have the right stuff to turn a humble 1.25L coke bottle into a soaring water rocket?
Find out at this popular 90 minute rocket-making class and learn first-hand the principles of aerodynamics and astrophysics while aiming for the stars.

Audience: 8-14 year olds
Cost: $12
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When:
Monday 22 January, 9:30 - 11 am
Tuesday 23 January, 9:30 - 11 am
Wednesday 24 January, 9:30 - 11 am
 
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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. Presented by Fizzics Education. 

 
Audience: 6-14 years
Cost: $35
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When:
Monday 15 January, 9 am - 12 pm
Thursday 18 January, 1 pm - 4 pm
 
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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: $72
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When:
Monday 15 January, 9:30 am - 3 pm
 
Tuesday 16 January, 9:30 am - 3 pm
Tuesday 23 January, 9:30 am - 3 pm
Wednesday 24 January, 9:30 am - 3 pm
 
 
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Lego EV3 Robotics

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: 
Wednesday 17 January, 9:30 am - 3 pm
Thursday 18 January, 9:30 am - 3 pm
Monday 22 January, 9:30 am - 3 pm
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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: $35
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When:
Tuesday 16 January, 1 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday 17 January, 1 pm - 4 pm
 
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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:
Thursday 25 January, 9 am - 12 pm
Thursday 25 January, 1 pm - 4 pm
 
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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: $35
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When:
Wednesday 17 January, 9 am - 12 pm
Thursday 18 January, 9 am - 12 pm
 
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In a hands-on workshop, students investigate earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, fire storms, landslides, meteorites and other natural disasters. Presented by Fizzics Education.

Audience: 7-14 year olds
Cost: $35
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When:
Monday 15 January, 1 pm - 4 pm
Tuesday 16 January, 9 am - 12 pm
 
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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:
Friday 19 January, 9 am - 12 pm
Friday 19 January, 1 pm - 4 pm
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In this 90 minute hands-on workshop, kids discover the microscopic world of atoms, the tiny building blocks that make up everything around us. Kids will explore and touch different elements, interpret the Periodic Table (the "alphabet of the universe"), build models of molecules using bonding theory, and write their own chemical formulas.

Cost: $12
Where: ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights
When:
For 6-9 years old:
Tuesday 23 January, 11:30 am - 1 pm
 
For 10-14 years old:
Monday 22 January, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Wednesday 24 January, 11:30 am - 1 pm
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