Online STEM activities for your school holidays

By Louise Jeckells

30 September 2020

3 minute read

Exterior view of children playing with soap bubbles

Have children you need to entertain? Try our online STEM activities these school holidays.

It’s school holiday time again. Our Education and Outreach team has pulled together some excellent online STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities and resources for you. All activities are connected to our research and are curriculum-aligned. Test out these online STEM activities during your school holidays!

Deep Blue Challenge

To celebrate National Science Week in August, our team put together a special challenge for students and their families. We challenged you to explore your connection to the ocean. And the challenge is still open! So, why not encourage your children to dive in and explore their own connection to the deep blue.

Head over to the challenge website and use the video, ideas and links available. You can also share your family’s findings on social media using #STEMChallenge.

You could also test your knowledge with our special National Science Week quiz!

Suitable for all ages.

Double Helix activities

Want to make your own beeswax food wraps or 3D shark? Our Double Helix magazine and blog has the best hands-on activities for this school holidays. You’ll also find quizzes, brainteasers and all latest science news.

Suitable for all ages.

Experiments on Earth and the Moon

Last year marked 50 years since those first steps on the Moon. Did you know we played an important role in helping NASA reach the Moon? We helped send TV images to 600 million people around the world.

We’ve got six experiments you can do from home to investigate what’s so special about the Earth and our nearest neighbour.

Or why not draw The Dish? We’ve got a kids and adult colouring-in template of our Parkes radio telescope, affectionately known as The Dish.

Children huddled around a bowl.

STEM activities aren’t just for school!

Pre-recorded virtual tours and talks

Get a taste of the national science agency (that’s us!) with a virtual tour of one of our Tour our Energy Centre, RV Investigator or the Murchison Radio-Astronomy Observatory.

Want to hear a talk from one of our award wining scientists or researchers? Listen to some talks from the 2020 Space Technology Symposium or watch the video from the Indigenous astronomy panel discussion. Also, take a look at the Strong in STEM panel series or check out some profiles on digital careers.

Suitable for all ages.

Bebras Computational Thinking

The Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge promotes computational thinking and problem-solving skills to students. The live rounds for 2020 have closed but there are a number of online and offline Bebras activities available. These include Bebras 365, Bebras Mini Challenges and Bebras Unplugged. And they are available for free year-round.

Suitable for students in years 3 to 12.

Virtual laboratory – Your Diet and Your DNA

Your Diet and Your DNA is a free virtual lab where students can investigate the impact of healthy and unhealthy diets on our DNA. The simulation has interactive experiments, short videos, a digestion animation, molecule visualisations, quizzes and access to theory pages. It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete.

Your diet and your DNA is based on scientific research conducted by our Health and Biosecurity team.

Suitable for students in years 10 to 12.