National Science Week – 12 to 20 August 2017

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. It features more than 1 000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.

If you are considering a science career, or your children have an interest in science, National Science Week is a great opportunity to explore this interest further.

The Perth Science Festival will kick off events here in Western Australia, running Saturday 12 August to Sunday 13 August, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Perth Cultural Centre. You can also follow the Perth Science Festival on Facebook and Instagram to see the ‘best of the ‛fest’! For a full list of events near you, visit the National Science Week events page.

If there’s a particular career in the sciences you’re interested in, check out our occupational profiles which contain information about a large variety of occupations.

High school career program case study materials now available

June_2017_factory_tour.jpgThe Aspirational Careers Development Program is a set of activities for year nine students aimed at exploring career options through contact with local industry representatives and excursions to a variety of workplaces.

The program was created by the Order of Australia Association’s Western Australian branch and has run in multiple Western Australian schools over the last few years. Throughout the program, students maintain a journal to reflect on their personal career preferences and what they have learned about a variety of occupations and industries. The program emphasises building literary, communication and numeracy skills, alongside seeking out post-school education and training in order to achieve career goals.

For other schools interested in running similar programs, Order of Australia has shared some case study materials including lesson plans, course journals and school planners. These materials are available at the Career Centre website’s School Zone page.