National Science Week 2023 is occurring from 12 to 20 August, and several Neighbourhood Houses have received grants from Inspiring Victoria to deliver fun, informative and interactive activities!

You can see a list of what these Neighbourhood Houses are delivering below. For details on each event, contact the Neighbourhood House directly (click on their name for contact information).

Neighbourhood Houses Victoria wishes to thank Inspiring Victoria, an initiative of The Royal Society of Victoria and the Federal Government, for this wonderful funding opportunity.


Junior Lab Weigh it, stack it, magnetise it!

South Kingsville Community Centre

SKCC organised & successfully ran "Little Scientist's Big Dream". It was a facilitated science event run by 2 passionate trainers, and 2 staff members, 1 volunteer which included: -Interactive exhibits & demonstrations covering various scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry/ chemical reactions. Each individual child got a chance to do hands on science themed experiments to learn new skills, and asked many questions. Massive Lego tables was set up where kids were engaged in creativity, building many different models & towers. Young participants wore science -relevant outfits/scientist lab coats, lab technicians costumes.


STEM Buddy Intro to EV3 Coding & Robotics

Balla Balla Community Centre

We partnered with STEM Buddy Coding & Robotics to deliver an Intro to Stem Buddy Coding & Robotics and Afternoon Tea. STEM Buddy delivered an educational, engaging and interactive demonstration of coding EV3 Robots to move forward, back, increase and decrease speed to follow a designated circuit. Children paired up and were allocated a laptop and EV3 Robot which they programmed to navigate to facilitator's instructions and finally around the circuit. The children were fascinated with processes and the smiles and feelings of accomplishment were evident.


Science in Action-STEM Robotics & Fermentation Kitchen Science

Yarraville Community Centre

YCC delivered two workshops. One for children who learnt the basic robotics, coding and electronics. They learnt how to design and build online games, animation and programing that was fun and interactive. They took home a small robot that they made using Lego. The second workshop was for adults who learnt the science of fermentation and the benefits of preserving vegetables in a healthy diet. They took home a jar of fermented food from the workshop.


BREAKERSPACE

Woodend Neighbourhood House

We facilitated a space were children were encouraged to take apart old electrical/ motorised items that we had collected and/or received, pull them apart, discuss and work out what each part did. Then, we encouraged they to be creative and make things using the parts. The event was held at the neighbourhood house and was really well attended and the feedback was positive. We engaged a local IT teacher and also utilised the skill set of volunteers from our repair cafe to help facilitate the session.


Science show

Lorne Community House

Children from Lorne Kindergarten, Lorne Occasional Childcare and other local families were entertained with science tricks.


Kindergarten Science Incursion

The Grange Community Centre

We ran two sessions with Mad About Science as an incursion for our Kindergarten and 3+ Early Learning classes at The Grange Community Centre. One of the sessions was a 60 minute session about living things, and the other sessions was a 90 minute introductory science workshop. Each session was attended by 30 children and also we had parent helpers attend the sessions.


HungryMinds

Japara Neighbourhood House

The event took place at Japara Neighborhood House, with 70 children + parents/carers attending across two sessions filled with lots of learning through a fun and interactive exploration, experimentation, to learn about different scientific principles - weights, light and reflections, and magnets! Each activity had both purchased resources and make your own 'home' versions to highlight the low-cost ways parents/carers and children can continue to include STEAM in their everyday. A broad range of scientist and contributors from various backgrounds, ethnicity, and genders, were displayed and discussed, with a focus on how anyone can be a scientist. Inclusion of women and girls was further highlighted. The event was incredibly successful and we received very positive feedback from the community.


Learn how to compost

Springvale Neighbourhood House

We had a guest speaker from the City of Greater Dandenong Waste Management team that came and presented to our participants on how to start composting at home and engaged the participants by delivering an interactive session. The participants had many questions on composting, what to do and what not to do at home, what type of things you can use in your compost, how to recycle, what to put in your bins and which bins - it was a highly interactive and in-depth session where all the participants were interested in starting their own compost but wasn't sure where to start. We had a face-to-face session, in the centre for all participants, community leaders and staff to join.


Science Spectacular

Aspendale Gardens Community Service

Aspendale Gardens Community Service partnered with Mad About Science to celebrate science week. The event was aimed at children aged 3-5. The six workstations included: CHEMISTRY - Elephants tooth past, snow, eruptions and colour changing indicators. ELECTRICITY - Energy sticks, globes and circuits MAGNETISM- Magnet cars, magnetic wands and magnetic marbles. LIGHT & COLOUR - Kaleidoscopes, lenses & rainbow fireworks glasses. MINIBEASTS - Multiple specimens of bug and insects encased in resin, FORCE AND MOVEMENT - Mini Hoberman, rolling car, gyroscope & flying wing prop top. The workshop encouraged fascination by the world of science.


Inquisitive Kids Program

Kerrie Rd Neighbourhood House

We ran two after-school workshops for primary aged children, with Fizzics Education. Children took part in a fun; hands-on workshops designed to educate and engage. With over 60 curriculum-linked incursions on offer, Fizzics Education excels at putting together an engaging and educational programme to bring science to life. Children learnt about 'Disastrous Science (Natural Hazards)' in the first session, and were CSI Investigators in the second.


Coding & Robotics workshop

Oakgrove Community Centre

We hosted a free 2-hour workshop for kids over 8+ age group along with STEM Buddy collaborator. Mega Fun Activities included: - Learning how to program robots on basic motor operations, sensor functions, and strategies in the battle ring. - Experience with basic Robot functions, Robo-Race and SUMO Fight. - Flying drones indoors with provided instructions and supervision. - Completing challenges with drones. The children worked in groups of two, which allowed them to collaborate and learn from each other, supervised by instructors.


Coding & Robotics workshop

Warnnambool Neighbourhood Community Centre

Introduction into growing mushrooms, participants were instructed to set up their own mushroom grow bags to grow mushrooms at home. The community took part in an educational class about fungi and the role it plays in the environment.


Getting in Science

Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre 

Getting into Science introduced our young learners to be introduced and experience science through establishing learning zones to allow the young minds to investigate, test and try. The knowledge and experience was shared through our learners to their families and through our social media.


Science is Fun

Kerang Neighbourhood House

Our event was held on-site and we had a variety of Science based activities and each child was given a STEM activity kit to take home. We also partnered with the Bendigo Discovery & Technology Centre and purchased a family pass and they kindly also donated 2 family passes, so we were able to give these as lucky prizes.


Let's Get Experimental!

Glenroy Neighbourhood House

In partnership, Glenroy Neighbourhood House (GNH), Fizz Kidz, Melbourne City Mission (MCM) and STEM Birds provided 3 different fun and engaging activities for children of preschool to mid-teen age. As GNH being the host venue at 5B Cromwell St, Glenroy: On 15/08, Fizz Kidz ran a Chemical Reactions workshop having children aged 5 and up creating instant snowy slime and fizzing bath bombs. On Wednesday 16/08 from 4pm to 5pm MCM ran a Messy Science session having pre-school aged children making different types and textures of dough. On 17/08 from 4pm to 5pm, STEM Birds ran a Coding workshop having children aged 10 and up creating Apps and 3D models.


HungryMinds

Alexandra Community Hub

We held 4 events for HungryMinds in during National Science week. HungryMinds events were held in various locations and in the local community and in partnership with the custodians of those locations namely; The Embassy of Ideas, The Alexandra Library, at our Neighbourhood house; Alexandra Community Hub and at Alexandra Secondary College.


Terrarium Making & Environmental Education

Fraser Rise Children's & Community Centre

In this interactive terrarium making workshop for children, they explored the fascinating world of ecosystems the environment and the impact of climate change. Through this hands-on activity they learned about the vital role off terrariums in promoting environmental awareness and sustainability. Children discovered how terrariums mimic natural habitats and provide a self-sustaining environment for plants and organisms. Each child made their own terrarium while learning about all the above information with support of a parent to make it an interactive family experience. All materials where provided.


Learn how to compost

North Dandenong Neighbourhood House

We had a guest speaker from the City of Greater Dandenong Waste Management team that came and presented to our participants on how to start composting at home and engaged the participants by delivering an interactive session. The participants had many questions on composting, what to do and what not to do at home, what type of things you can use in your compost, how to recycle, what to put in your bins and which bins - it was a highly interactive and in-depth session where all the participants were interested in starting their own compost but wasn't sure where to start. We had a face-to-face session, in the centre for all participants, community leaders and staff to join.


Kids in the Garden

Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House

Our Science week events ended up taking place in two parts due to interest feedback we received. We had children gardening and children doing science experiments in playgroup and in our art class.


Shooting for the Stars

Kyneton Community & Learning Centre

Kyneton Community House Occasional Care hosted a Space day that included Art and Craft, Books, An interactive rocket and space station area and digging for moon rocks. We shared knowledge about space, the solar system and our role and place in it.


Make Science Fun!

Mount Eliza Children's & Community Centre

Due to staff illnesses during this time we supported our community with take home information on making and doing science experiments. We provided a showbags of experiments, such as making bold bows, making your own slime and looking at the stars and trying to identify them. We had information provided from local community groups to include their information in the showbags, such as local coastal environment groups.


Exploring Green Energy and Robotics: Interactive Workshop

Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House

We explored renewable energy, focusing on constructing solar-powered wind turbines. We began by studying circuits and their components like batteries, wires, and switches, understanding how electricity flows through them. Shifting to renewable energy sources solar and wind power we delved into their conversion processes. Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity, while wind turbines harness wind energy. The kids and parents had a great time putting the wind turbines together.