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Science at the Shine Dome Junior is a teacher and student workshop providing Canberra students in Year 2 with hands-on, inquiry-based science learning experiences. Drawing on the Primary Connections approach, the workshop models strategies that support Science and STEM teaching and learning, and affords teachers a unique professional learning experience.

Primary teachers from Canberra schools are invited to attend this workshop with two Year 2 students.

During the workshop, students will work in collaborative teams to explore the Science, Mathematics and Design and Technologies concepts that enable them to undertake a design challenge at a later date with the support of their teachers.

Teachers will observe the initial phases of the Primary Connections teaching and learning approach, work with their students throughout the workshop, and have the opportunity to network with colleagues and Primary Connections facilitators.


Intended Outcomes

Students will:

  • Experience hands-on, inquiry-based science learning with a team of educators that inspires them in STEM.
  • Collaborate as they are guided through the initial stages of a hands-on inquiry and devise solutions for a design brief.
  • Share ideas about Science and Design and Technologies prompted through children’s literature.

Teachers will:

  • Observe how design principles are applied to create a STEM focussed design brief catering to early learners.
  • Experience the Primary Connections teaching and learning approach, including the 5Es model.
  • Be provided with a tool-kit of resources to embed the approach in classroom practice.


Australian Curriculum Content

All workshop activities and any suggested follow-up activities relate to the following Australian Curriculum content.

  • Learn how a push or a pull affects how an object moves. (ACSSU033)
  • Learn how different materials can be combined for a particular purpose. (ACSSU031)
  • Explore the characteristics and properties of materials and components that are used to produce designed solutions. (ACTDEK004)
  • Compare and order several shapes and objects based on length, area, volume and capacity using appropriate uniform informal units. (ACMMG037)
  • Describe the features of three-dimensional objects (ACMMG043)
  • Learn that different types of texts have identifiable text structures and language features that help the text serve its purpose. (ACELA1463)
  • Explore the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability and Science as a Human Endeavor by identifying ways humans can manage and protect resources by reducing waste.

This workshop is made possible by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia through the Grassroots Grants scheme that aims to benefit ACT youth.


How to register 

Registration must be completed by the teacher attending the event. Register by logging in to your Primary Connections member account and selecting 'book now'. If you do not have a member account you can create one by clicking 'log in' and then 'create member account'. 

Please read the eligibility requirements and the information about recess and lunch provisions in the link above before registering.

A risk assessment, parent information letter and parental consent form (for photography, film and social media) will be made available for schools upon registration. Please email the completed consent form for both students to pc@science.org.au. Registration is not secured until these forms are received. 

Key Details

Canberra, ACT
Australian Academy of Science - Shine Dome
15 Gordon Street
Acton ACT 2601
Wednesday 05 June 2019
9.30 am — 2.00 pm
Angela Gigliotti, Nicola Dziadkiewicz and Jennifer Lawrence