Science Quest Canberra

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                      Science Quest Canberra
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                      Science Quest Canberra
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                      Science Quest Canberra

The Concept

Light the spark of inspiration in young students in either a 5 day tour for primary school students or a 3 day tour for secondary school students. These itineraries include a range of experiential learning activities, workshops and guided tours throughout each program.

Itinerary Day By Day

PRIMARY STUDENTS PROGRAM

DAY 1 SCHOOL – CANBERRA (D)

An early morning departure from your school, travelling by coach to Canberra. Dinner will be provided, on arrival at your accommodation.

DAY 2 CANBERRA (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you will start the day with a guided tour of the Australian Institute of Sport. Students will see science in action through the use of interactive displays, games and sport simulation testing stations. After lunch, visit the CSIRO Discovery Centre, to learn all about the workings and research of Australia’s national science agency. Highlights of the CSIRO’s interactive education program include conducting experiments in the ‘Discover Lab’ and watching a 3D movie. After dinner at your accommodation, travel to the Mount Stromlo Observatory, which gives you the opportunity to view and discover the wonders of the night sky, learning from professional astronomers.
Teachers please note - some of our preferred and recommended accommodation providers offer evening activities. These are a great way to keep students engaged at night without the need to travel off-site. We can provide you with more details on request.

DAY 3 CANBERRA (B, L, D)

Following breakfast this morning, head to the fantastic Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, to learn about the role Australia takes in the exploration of space. The Canberra Space Centre offers an informative and enjoyable way to learn about the planets and the story of space travel, and how on Earth we communicate with and benefit from spacecraft exploring our Solar System and beyond. Enjoy a 90-minute education program that can be tailored to your needs. After lunch head to the Questacon Technology Learning Centre (Ian Potter Centre) for a two-hour interactive workshop. Students will be exposed to the innovation and design process through topics such as 3D design, building and programming robots. Return to your accommodation for some downtime before dinner, then it’s off to Questacon’s National Science and Technology Centre for the highlight of the trip - with more than 200 hands-on exhibits in eight themed galleries plus live Spectacular Science Show, this self-guided experience encourages students to discover the smarter way to have fun!

DAY 4 CANBERRA (B, L, D)

After breakfast, visit the Geoscience Australia Education Centre and take part in activities ranging from exploring geoscience in the lab to risk modelling Australia’s coastline. This popular excursion includes visits to the Geoscience Australia Resource Centre and the Tsunami Warning Centre, as well as a new geology presentation, ‘Rock Stories. Your coach will then take you to the National Arboretum where you will have lunch in the grounds. The National Arboretum features forests of rare, endangered trees from around Australia and the world. Two of the forests are nearly 100 hundred years old. Over 44,000 trees from 100 countries are growing across the 250-hectare site, making it one of the world’s largest living collections of rare, significant trees. Your private coach will be waiting to take you to the National Dinosaur Museum, before returning to your accommodation in time for dinner this evening.

DAY 5 CANBERRA – SCHOOL (B)

Check out of your accommodation after an early breakfast, then depart on the return coach journey to school.

SECONDARY STUDENTS PROGRAM

DAY 1 SCHOOL – CANBERRA (D)

An early morning departure from your school, to arrive at the airport for your flight to Canberra. On arrival your private coach will transfer you to the Australian Institute of Sport. for a guided tour, and students will also see science in action through the use of interactive displays, games and sport simulation testing stations. After lunch, visit the CSIRO Discovery Centre, to learn all about the workings and research of Australia’s national science agency. Highlights of the CSIRO’s interactive education program include conducting experiments in the ‘Discover Lab’ and watching a 3D movie. After dinner at your accommodation, travel to the Mount Stromlo Observatory, the headquarters of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, ANU. This excursion includes a tour of the facility and a presentation by a senior astronomer on some of the exciting discoveries being made in astronomy. Students will also have the opportunity to view and discover the wonders of the night sky, learning from professional astronomers.
Teachers please note - some of our preferred and recommended accommodation providers offer evening activities. These are a great way to keep students engaged at night without the need to travel off-site. We can provide you with more details on request.

DAY 2 CANBERRA (B, L, D)

Following breakfast this morning, head to the fantastic Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, to learn about the role Australia takes in the exploration of space. The Canberra Space Centre offers an informative and enjoyable way to learn about the planets and the story of space travel, and how we here on Earth communicate with and benefit from spacecraft exploring our Solar System and beyond. Enjoy a 90-minute education program that can be tailored to your needs. Head to the Questacon Technology Learning Centre where lunch will be delivered, for a two-hour interactive workshop. Students will be exposed to the innovation and design process through topics such as 3D design, building and programming robots. Return to your accommodation for some downtime before dinner, then it’s off to Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre to experience Questacon’s main building after hours including seven galleries of hands-on exhibits, the Q Shop full of science toys, books and education kits and science demonstrations. As you work your way through the galleries, you may even pick up ideas for displays that you can build back home for your classroom.

DAY 3 CANBERRA (B, L)

After breakfast check out and visit the Geoscience Australia Education Centre and take part in activities ranging from exploring geoscience in the lab to risk modelling Australia’s coastline. This popular excursion includes visits to the Geoscience Australia Resource Centre and the Tsunami Warning Centre, as well as a new geology presentation, ‘Rock Stories’. Your coach will then take you to the National Arboretum where you will have lunch in the grounds. The National Arboretum features forests of rare, endangered trees from around Australia and the world. Two of the forests are nearly 100 hundred years old. Over 44,000 trees from 100 countries are growing across the 250-hectare site, making it one of the world’s largest living collections of rare, significant trees. Your coach will then return you to the airport for your flight home.

Inclusions
  • PRIMARY PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
  • 4 nights accommodation at our preferred Canberra accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily (packed lunches – hot option available)
  • Quality, modern air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees and guided tours as required: Australian Institute of Sport, Questacon National Science and Technology Centre, CSIRO Discovery Centre
  • SECONDARY PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
  • 3 nights accommodation at our preferred Canberra accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (packed lunches – hot option available)
  • Quality, modern air-conditioned coach throughout
  • Entrance fees and guided tours as required: Australian Institute of Sport, Questacon Technology Learning Centre and Education Program (Ian Potter Centre), Questacon National Science and Technology Centre, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Geoscience Education Program, National Arboretum