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Abstract image of a white sunburst with multiple rainbow colours and splotches
Museum Staff-ledYears 1-4

Discover light and colour workshop

Students discover the science of light and colour through play and apply their knowledge in a design activity.

People touching circular screens showing projections of outer space, in the Beyond Perception exhibition at Scienceworks.
Self-directedYears 7-10

The Puzzling Perception Challenge

An engaging, collaborative, problem-solving task set in the Beyond Perception exhibition.

Museum Staff-ledYears 1-4

Tycho goes to Mars

Tycho our favourite cheeky dog, who has a knack for getting into trouble, is finally blasting off to discover the red planet, Mars!

An adult and a child engaged with robotic arm
Self-directedYears 2-10

Born or Built exhibition

Students explore what lies ahead for our robotic future…

A prototype of an exhibition using cardboard and electronics
Museum Staff-ledYears 8-11

STEM Camp

A two-day workshop for selected students to learn about digital tech and design through prototyping their own interactive science exhibit.

Fictitious moon base on the surface of the Moon
Museum Staff-ledYears 7-8

Moon Base Camp

A two-day workshop for a select number of students to visit the Planetarium, hear from an astronomer and make a 3D design of a Moonbase for human habitation.

Space X launching off a launch pad.
OnlineYears 1-4

Blast off live

A virtual, interactive show that explores the forces required to get rockets into space and the effects of space travel on the body.

Image using Stellarium, a planetarium program with images of stars, planets and constellations highlighted using the Stellarium program.
OnlineYears 3-6

Secrets of the sky live

A presenter-led guided tour of the Melbourne sky using Stellarium, an open source stargazing program

Young boy playing with suction tube exhibit in the Ground Up exhibition at Scienceworks
Self-directedYears K-F

Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together

Immerse young children in an imaginative world of sensory discovery and construction‐play that will ignite their lifelong engagement with STEM.

Gravitational wave and hand
Self-directedYears 5-12

Beyond Perception: Seeing the Unseen

This exhibition sparks curiosity and raises questions about the more complex, fascinating corners of Science, Engineering, Mathematics and advanced Technology.

Two museum staff presenting to an iPad which shows schools watching from the classroom.
Museum Staff-ledYears F-VCE

Virtual learning

Experience Museums Victoria from your classroom with this series of virtual learning sessions.

Boy wearing a Superman costume standing on the Van de Graaff generator in the Lightning Room at Scienceworks
Museum Staff-ledYears K-2

What's with the weather?

Discover how clouds are formed and how they make our most impressive weather phenomenon – lightning!

Lunar Base landscape
Museum Staff-ledYears 5-8

Moonbase ONE

Moonbase ONE explores the motion of the Moon and related natural phenomena such as phases and eclipses.

Students participating in Robots and Coding educational program in the STEM Learning LAB at Scienceworks.
Museum Staff-ledYears 5-10

Robots and coding

Learn how to program a robot using a graphical programming language.

Roller Coaster
Museum Staff-ledYears 3-10

Roller coaster engineer

Students become engineers as they design their own marble roller coasters.

Girl with hand on Van de Graaff generator
Museum Staff-ledYears 2-6

Electrical energy, safety and lightning

Set in our unique Lightning Room; find out about static electricity, electrical energy transformations and electrical safety in the home.

Lightning demonstration in a theatre
Museum Staff-ledYears 5-10

Electricity, magnets and movement

Explore the relationships between electricity, magnets and movement and how they are applied in devices such as generators, electromagnets and electric motors.

computer on display in a museum
Teacher ResourceYears 7-10

CSIRAC

Learn about CSIRAC, the world's oldest intact first-generation electronic computer.

Museum Staff-ledYears 3-10

Lights, Energy, Action

Our popular public Lightning Room program, now available for education groups!

Cartoon dog floating in air on spaceship
Museum Staff-ledYears F-3

Tycho to the Moon

Travel to and explore the Moon with Tycho the dog and then fly off towards the Sun.

Animated boy in a room with a rocket and autumn leaves
Museum Staff-ledYears 3-7

Tilt

Look at the Earth from space and connect the movement of the Earth to the seasons, and the day and night cycle.

Animation still. Boy standing on a planet
Museum Staff-ledYears 5-7

Solar System Odyssey

Explore the similarities and differences between Earth and the other planets in our Solar System.

Still of a a star from starlight
Museum Staff-ledYears 7-11

Starlight

Uncover the mysteries of the stars in this Planetarium show.

Man using dry ice for experiment
Museum Staff-ledYears 3-8

Cool stuff

Explore the effects of temperature on solids, liquids and gases using super-cool liquid nitrogen.

Photograph of the moon above the earth
Museum Staff-ledYears 3-6

Earth, Moon and Sun

How do the Moon and Sun influence life on Earth?

Self-directedYears 4-10

Think Ahead

Think Ahead looks at the way we imagine the future, through innovations in science, technology, engineering and design.

Boy racing against Cathy Freeman at Sportsworks
Self-directedYears F-6

Sportsworks: primary

Stretch your mind and muscles at Sportsworks!

boys using the snowboard interactive
Self-directedYears 7-10

Sportsworks: secondary

Investigate the science of sports, how human bodies work, and design, materials and technologies of sports equipment.

A presenter throws a giant beach ball in the air. There are other toys on the table including a foam rocket, a hula hoop with glittery strands, a stack of red plastic cups and a helicopter.
Museum Staff-ledYears F-2

Toys and forces show

Toys provide an ideal way for young minds to investigate the physical world.

Still from the Black Holes planetarium show
Museum Staff-ledYears 9-11

Black Holes

Black Holes – Journey into the unknown traces the story of black holes, from the 18th century through to their detection almost 200 years later.

Make, Solve, Create
Museum Staff-ledYears K-F

Make, Solve, Create

Children take part in an interactive story, working together to build solutions to the problems they encounter.

Lighting room in Scienceworks
Museum Staff-ledYears 11, VCE

Senior secondary electrical science

Demonstrations of the principles underpinning Year 11 VCAL Electrical, VCE VET Electrical Industry and the VCE Unit 1 Electricity topic, featuring equipment unique to Scienceworks.

heat vision image of the universe
Museum Staff-ledYear 11

Year 11 Physics: the Universe

This program supports year 11 Physics, Area of study 3: “What is matter and how is it formed?”

An illustration from Story in the Stars of an emu, crow and turtle
Museum Staff-ledYears 5-10

Stories in the Stars

See the night sky through different eyes, through stories told by the people of north-west Victoria.

Image of SkyMapper an automated wide-field survey telescope sited under the dark skies of Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran, in central NSW.
Museum Staff-ledYears 7-11

Capturing the Cosmos

An insight into what the new telescopes are finding that will help us better understand our universe.

our-living-climate-stromatolites
Museum Staff-ledYears 5-10

Our Living Climate

The Earth’s climate is alive, changing with the passage of time, seasons, and the ebb and flow of life itself.

Planet in space
Museum Staff-ledYears 9-10

Ticket to the Universe

This 45-minute, presenter-led show gives students a new perspective on the universe and provides an opportunity to appreciate our place in the cosmos.

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