Activities

Our selection of exclusive interactive workshops are designed to showcase how an interest in STEM can give you diverse career opportunities. Discover how STEM plays a major part in society and the world we live in. 

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Have questions, or looking for something different? Contact us at stemacademy@adelaide.edu.au and let's talk about how we can customise a STEM workshop for your classroom! 

  • The Future of STEM

    Inspire junior scientists, technologists, engineers & mathematicians in years 8 & 9 with an online Future of STEM presentation. Students will learn how STEM Graduates are working to overcome global challenges, solve real-world problems and develop solutions for the future. 

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 25 max
    Year levels: 8-9
    Duration: 45 min

  • Explore The World of STEM in Virtual Reality!

    Access brand new custom designed Virtual Reality technology brought to you by The University of Adelaide's STEM Academy team to help your students expand their horizons and experience STEM concepts in a whole new way. With interactive experiences covering biology, chemistry, physics, earth and environmental sciences, our VR experiences have an exciting and informative experience to offer for every discipline.

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min - 30 max
    Year levels: 8 - 11
    Duration: 40 - 50 min
    Study area(s): STEM (all areas)

  • Have You Heard About Herd Immunity?

    In this workshop students learn the concept and importance of herd immunity in a range of scientific fields. Students will participate in hands-on classroom activities that simulate the spread of an epidemic and learn how scientists apply this concept in a variety of different ways from human populations to spread of ideas and behaviour.

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 25 max
    Year levels: 9-11 
    Duration: 45 min

    Study area (s): Animal Science, Biology, Agricultural Science

  • Learn to Code With Sphero Bots!

    Give your students an introduction to the world of coding with our brand new Sphero Mini Kits. Our STEM communicators will guide students through short, fun activities to program the Sphero gyroscopic robots in real time!

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 30 max
    Year levels: 9 - 11
    Duration: 45 - 50 min
    Study area (s): Computer Science, Robotics, Engineering  

  • Bridges 101

    Have you ever wondered what a career in engineering might look like? Despite the many different types and sub-types, civil engineering remains the most popular and largest body of engineers in the world. To find out a little bit more about this topic, our STEM Communicators will give your students a behind the scenes experience of the infrastructure world.

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 30 max
    Year levels: 10-11
    Duration: 45 min

  • Zoology & Evolutionary Biology

    This workshop is a unique opportunity for students to learn concepts in the areas of zoology, evolutionary biology and taxonomy, through an interactive, challenging exercise where students will work in small groups and engage with our museum-quality sets of real animal specimens (preserved in resin to allow handling from all angles) to determine their evolutionary relatedness and build their own phylogenetic tree. Prizes on offer for the winning group! 

    Capacity (min - max): 10 – 30
    Year levels: 10 & 11
    Duration: 45 - 60 min
    Study area(s): Biology, Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, Taxonomy, Genetics

  • A Day in the Life of a Marine Biologist

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like living at sea? In this online workshop, your students will learn all about the life of a marine biologist at sea

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 30max
    Year levels: 10-11
    Duration: 45 min

  • Flavour Chemistry: The Science Behind the Taste and Smell of Food

    What is your favourite food or drink smell and does it remind you of anything? To understand what we taste, we first need to know how we taste. In this workshop students will learn what senses to use for descriptive analysis and how we research flavour and aroma on a chemical level.

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 25 max
    Year levels: 9-11 
    Duration: 45 min

    Study area (s): Chemistry, Food & Nutrition, Agricultural Science, Wine Science

  • InstaSharks: How an Instagram Photo Can Help Scientists Study Sharks

    Many marine ecotourism companies offer photos of your experience. These photos aren’t just for you to put on the gram, they are also used for animal identification! Learn how scientists use photo ID to estimate population dynamics of the great white shark.

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 30 max
    Year levels: 9-11
    Duration: 45 mins

  • Holiday Among the Stars

    Have you ever looked up to the sky at night and wondered if we could live up there? Let us take you on a physics trip through the universe and stop off at some of the places we could or could not go on holiday, look at the viability of Earth analogue planets we could one day inhabit, and discuss possible jobs involved in settling on a new planet.

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 30 max
    Year levels: 9-11
    Duration: 45 min

  • What's a Mathematician's Favourite Food? Pi!

    So what are you ever actually going to use this maths for? Use it for really? Well come and find out! A look at the application of higher level mathematics in the real world and the many varied and wondrous places it can take you.

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 30 max
    Year levels: 10-11
    Duration: 45 min

  • Plastics: The Problem Is Bigger Than We Can See

    Plastic pollution is one of the biggest issues facing our oceans, but the problem may be bigger than we first thought. Where does this plastic come from? And how far reaching is this issue? Explore the sources and fate of plastic with Sophie, a Marine Biologist researching plastic pollution.

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 30 max
    Year levels: 11 only
    Duration: 45 min

  • Hydrogen Energy Future

    What does Australia's renewable energy future look like? Will it be solar, wind, hydro power or perhaps Hydrogen gas? Hydrogen is the most common chemical in the universe. It can be produced as a gas or liquid, or made part of other materials. With the world scrabbling to meet carbon-zero goals, will Australia turn to Hydrogen in an efficient and timely manner?

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 30 max
    Year levels: 10-11
    Duration: 45 min

  • Rockets, Space Travel and the Science That Makes It Possible

    Exploring aerospace engineering and space science, this exciting activity gets students hands on, learning about the basic science and engineering principles in rocketry. Putting this knowledge
    to the test, students are then challenged to design, build and launch small scale rockets competing for the best design.

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 25 max
    Year levels: 9-11
    Duration: 45 min
    Study area (s): Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Space, Engineering

  • River Revival: Engineering water solutions for natural disaster recovery

    Keeping our water pure is vital and can become a huge engineering challenge when our waterways are impacted by environmental disasters. For example, with the Australian bush fire season becoming longer and more severe, there is significant risk of water ways becoming contaminated with ash and fire debris, leading to many knock on issues. During this activity, students learn about water filtration and are challenged to design their own water filtration systems that could be used in an environmental disaster.

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 25 max
    Year levels: 9-11
    Duration: 45 min
    Study area (s): Chemistry, Engineering, Sustainability, Earth and Environment

  • Do the Loco-motion!

    Physics is all around us, but have you ever stopped to think about how it influences motion? Join us for an interactive workshop to learn all about projectile motion.

    Capacity (min. & max): 10 min – 25 max
    Year levels: 9-11
    Duration: 45 min
    Study area (s): Physics and mathematics