Programs

Examine the structure and function of enzymes through the example of amylase
Discover what is 'beneath our feet', how it got there and why it changes.
Be a rock detective and explore how rocks are made and classified.
Put on your lab coat and become a scientist as you explore physical and chemical changes and solve the mystery substance challenges.
Be a robot controller. Students explore how robots are controlled and take on a range of challenges.
Use augmented reality to explore the earth's structures and process and discover links with natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanoes.
Explore earthquakes through virtual reality and discover how they relate to tectonic plates. Work as an engineer and a geologist to survive the quake!
Work scientifically by creating experiments to explore a range of renewable energies and learn about the impact of fossil fuels on our world.
Observing and measuring various hominins, investigating our own human evolution through accurate life size models and skulls.
Investigate the role of fire in Woowookarung Regional Park. Head out into the field and gather real time data on the impacts of fire and help build the ESRI database using GIS mapping.
A brief introduction into flight using experimentation with paper planes. Through investigation and inquiry, we look at what causes lift and steering in planes.
Be a paleontologist for a day whilst you discover fossils from millions of years ago.
Fossil skeletons and trace evidence allow us to picture what life and creatures from the past may have looked like. Explore what is a fossil and specifically examine what is a trace fossil. Students will be making salt dough fossils.
Explore how PEM electrolysers and PEM fuel cells work, their current and potential future uses in society while comparing their benefits and costs with other alternative energy sources.
Get charged up whilst exploring electricity. Create a range of circuits and see if you can master the 'mouse trap challenge'.
Get charged up whilst exploring electricity. Create a range of circuits and see if you can master the 'mouse trap challenge'.
Students will explore why the ocean water looks blue by learning about light - how it travels and how we see colours of objects. They will observe some experiments with water and light and will be challenged to explore light by completing their own experiments using the scientific inquiry process of prediction, observation and explanation.
Explore key Australian and world man-made landmarks to identify key features. Students will be challenged to ‘design and build their own man-made wonder’ using materials found around the house or online platforms such as Minecraft or Lego Digital Designer.
Learn visual coding and use your math skills and strategies in a robot battle.
Build a smart autonomous rescue robot to help gather intelligence from a collapsed mine. A real life application for robotics using Lego EV3 robots.
Explore the geological history of one of Ballarat's oldest volcanoes and discover changes over time.
Join a STEM design challenge or science inquiry within the context of a picture storybook. Students will work through the engineering design process or scientific inquiry method relating to the chosen book.
Investigate forces through play based exploration of everyday items.
Explore rocks and minerals and how they apply to industry and to our daily lives. Identify minerals, go core sampling and find your treasure whilst metal detecting.
Earthquakes are devastating natural disasters. Explore earthquakes through VR then work as an engineer to design and build an earthquake proof house using the 'Engineering Design Process'. You must stay in budget and survive the earthquake simulator.
Explore efficient visual coding to create a repeating pattern then create an aurora by painting with your Sphero robot.
Work as an analytical chemist in monitoring water quality. Use gravimetric analysis, UV-Vis Spectroscopy and Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) to analyze water.
How does wind make electricity? Explore turbines through VR then work as an engineer to design and build a wind turbine before visiting Waubra wind farm to get up and close with these amazing structures.