Drones, Droids and Robots in National Science WeekWhile the Olympics are in full swing over in Brazil, Australia is preparing for its own big event this month. That’s right – this week we’re celebrating National Science Week for the 19th consecutive year! The event not only provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists, but for schools in particular, it’s the perfect time to encourage younger Australians to get involved with the Science community.

So what does Science Week involve exactly? Well, in celebration of all things Science and Technology, more than 1,000 events around Australia are put on by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres. These events attract a wide audience from children to adults, and science amateurs to professionals. More than one million people participate across the nation so this is a fantastic opportunity for teachers and students alike.

This year’s theme for Science Week in schools is ‘drones, droids and robots’. The theme centres on the real-world application of autonomous technologies in areas including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, medicine and space and deep ocean exploration. There are several ways that you can

Get involved today

There are several ways that you can participate in this year’s Science Week activities and the National Science Week website is a fantastic resource. From there, you can:

  1. Find an event near you
  2. Download and print a poster for your classroom
  3. View a teacher resource book for ideas to incorporate this theme into your school and classroom – view as online interactive eBook or download PDF

How will you celebrate National Science Week? Let us know in the comments below. We hope you and your students enjoy exploring a range of science related activities all throughout the week!