Science at the Shine Dome Junior- Registration now open!

Published 14 March 2019

“Science at the Shine Dome is a three-day event in May each year where Australia’s most influential scientists gather at the Shine Dome in Canberra to celebrate science and to honour outstanding achievements in science.”


Now ACT primary school students will have their own opportunity to gather at the Shine Dome to celebrate science and possibly begin their own journey towards outstanding achievements in science.


Taking place on Wednesday 5th June, this new professional learning workshop is a unique opportunity for students and teachers to experience the Primary Connections approach to STEM education first hand. Our knowledgeable presenters will support students through the first phases of a guided inquiry combining Science, Maths, English and Design and Technologies.

Teachers will experience the Primary Connections teaching and learning approach in action, observe how design principles are applied to create a design brief tailored to early learners and will leave with a tool-kit of practical ideas for implementing inquiry-based STEM in their classroom.

The areas of the Australian Curriculum this workshop addresses include:


  • 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)

Design and Technologies

  • 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)
  • UPDATED 12/04/2019- This content has been updated to reflect an exciting development- a collaboration with reSolve: Maths by Inquiry.


  • Learn that different types of texts have identifiable text structures and language features that help the text serve its purpose. (ACELA1463)


Also engage with Science Inquiry Skills, explore Science as a Human Endeavour and the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability, by identifying ways humans can manage and protect resources by reducing waste.


Held at the iconic Shine Dome in Acton, participants are offered a free tour of the building at the close of the workshop to hear all about its history and important place in Australia’s Science community.

Registrations will open in April and places are limited, so be on the look out for further details about the event to be announced soon.

This incredible opportunity has been made possible by the second round of funding received through the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Community Grants Scheme and is free for participating students and teachers.

Photography and filming will take place during the event and this will need to be considered before teachers register themselves and their students. 

Head to our Professional Learning page to register.