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 students with a stimulating range of experiential learning activities, workshops and guided tours throughout this exciting STEM program.

The Science Quest itinerary includes a range of experiential learning activities, workshops and guided tours throughout. The itinerary can be done as a coach/coach or as a fly/fly depending on your time and budget. Please note that the itinerary below is based on a fly/fly basis.

Please contact us for more information on the options available for your school. 

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 CANBERRA (D)

On arrival into Canberra meet your private coach and commence your program with a 90m guided tour of the Australian Institute of Sport. Students will see science in action and enjoy challenging themselves and their schoolmates in the newly renovated SPORTEX range of interactive displays, games and sport simulation testing stations.
After lunch, visit the CSIRO Discovery Centre, 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.

Return to your accommodation for dinner, then back on the coach to visit 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.

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. 

 After lunch head to The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre. Year 6 students may participate in ‘The Innovation Experience’ workshop which gives them first-hand experience of what it means to be an innovator. Alternatively, Year 6 - 12 students may attend the ‘Maker Project’ two-hour interactive workshop which offers a range of STEM programs to choose from. 

Return to your accommodation for some downtime before dinner, then it’s off to Questacon – The 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 3 CANBERRA (B, L)

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 the airport for your flight home.

Inclusions
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at our preferred Canberra accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as highlighted each day (B, L, D)
  • High quality, modern air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees, workshops and guided tours as required: Australian Institute of Sport, The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Questacon National Science and Technology Centre, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Geoscience Education Program, National Arboretum, National Dinosaur Museum