Student Activities

Students have the opportunity to engage in STEM activities throughout the entire day

Check out what is on offer at our 2024 event, below

Design a vortex cannon

Check out our Girls in STEM Toolkit (GiST) ‘At home activities’ like this one: Design a vortex cannon. Create your own mini air vortex cannon using readily available household materials. See how you can use your air vortex cannon to apply a force to air to make it move in a single direction. You can design, build and test your own air cannon using our easy-to-follow instructions.

Can AI recognise what you are drawing

Pit your drawing skills against AI. Draw an image using Google’s drawing tool, Autodraw. See what the AI predicts you are drawing as it suggests ‘Do you mean: …’ This activity helps students think about how they represent an idea or object through drawing by focusing on its key features. Similarly, learn how AI uses machine learning to recognise images based on these features.

Maths Eyes Australia

Develop your Maths Eyes. Maths Eyes is when you look at the world around you, at the familiar things in your environment, through a ‘maths lens’. You will begin to see that mathematics is all around us. Build confidence in your own ability to use mathematics. Check out our Maths Eyes picture prompts. What mathematics do you use to answer the prompt?

Messed-up Minds: Science Needed

Humans are built for something, and that is not seeing the world as it is. You might think you see the world clearly, but Josh from Scike will show you how wrong you can be!

Click here for Fleet Exosphere Challenge

Do you want to understand the connection between space & mineral exploration? Improve your knowledge about waves playing with a Moire pattern animation illusion; bring it to the event & take part in the Exosphere Challenge. Place your Geode in the sand, connect to the satellite, analyse the data, & beat everyone to the punch identifying the minerals hidden in the sandpit! Exploration is changing!

Premiers Reading Challenge

STEM Reading and Design Challenge - Our Sustainable Future. The Premier’s Reading Challenge and partners are teaming up again to challenge students to read about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the lead up to National Science Week. Projects will be on show at STEM Day Out!

Diversity In STEM

Our Diversity in STEM presentation has been expanded to include a focus on diversity in STEM for 2024, featuring presentations from leading scientists, engineers and professionals from a range of STEM careers. This program will be open to all high school students and will run in conjunction with STEM Day Out. Register your schools interest for STEM Day Out here Program available soon!

Lockheed Martin Australia - Da Vinci Bridge Build

Be a Structural Engineer! Structural engineers are a specialized type of civil engineer. They focus on designing strong buildings that can support their own weight and the weight of everything in them while also standing up to forces of wind, weather, temperature, and earthquakes. Just like Da Vinci, work to build a bridge holding a weight! Are you up for the challenge?

Click here for Pipeline Challenge

This is an opportunity for intrepid learners to test their engineering skills as they build their own pipeline to transport a tennis ball across the purpose-built, Science Alive! pipeline arena. What ingenious method will you and your team use to get to the end?

Oliphant Science Awards Open Day Display

The Oliphant Science Awards is excited to be hosting our Open Day at Science Alive! All the Models & Inventions projects will be on display plus the winning entries from all other categories. Come along to find out if your project won a prize, get some inspiration for next year or join in our come and try activities!

Mary Anning Art Prize

Join us at our Paleo-Art activity to inspire your Mary Anning Art Prize entry! This prize is for young South Australian artists who have been challenged to create an original piece of artwork that tells us something about the prehistoric life of South Australia. Display your drawing alongside the 2024 winning entries!

Get Hands On With Army Drone Racing

The Army Drone Racing team are back in full force this year! Join the team as they show you how it's done with their precision drone skills and let you test your skills, whilst getting hands on!

Nitro Nat on stage

Discover, learn and laugh with Nitro Nat as she performs on stage to inspire our future scientists at STEM Day Out.

Bugs n Slugs

The team from bugs n slugs have been bugging Science Alive! patrons right from the start. Every year they bring an amazing array of incredible invertebrates that you can get up close and personal with. Getting bugged is not such a bad thing!

Animals Anonymous

Some of Australia’s amazing Aussie animals will be on site for an up close experience! Friendly native birds, reptiles, mammals and marsupials participate in a safe, interactive experience. Our awesome wildlife demonstrators teach you about the critters that call Australia home.