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1000 kids sign up to ANSTO STEAM Club in just a few days!

The new ANSTO STEAM Club is ideal for Aussie kids with an appetite for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) to have fun and keep learning during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Today ANSTO advised they have had an amazing response to the Club which has only been live for a few days but has already had more than 1000 students sign up from across the country.

ANSTO’s Discovery Centre Leader, Rod Dowler, said it’s not too late for kids to sign up and keep their minds active during COVID 19 disruptions. 

“This is a new online club that provides kids with something that’s fun and educational, but we could not have anticipated this incredible response,” Mr. Dowler said.

“Forgive the pun, but this program has really gathered some STEAM.
“STEAM subjects are essential areas of learning for school kids, it is supporting what they are learning in school and helping to prepare them for the jobs of the future. 

“Like our successful School Holiday Workshops program which has been run out of our Lucas Heights campus for years, the ANSTO STEAM Club will help to engage kids with something that’s fun and educational. .

“ANSTO has been running school holiday experiences in the ANSTO Discovery Centre for years, so we have the experience and expertise in knowing what engages students.”

STEAM investigates scientific concepts through problem-based learning methods used in the creative process, which is a collaborative and visual approach to solving STEM concepts.

Through ANSTO’s STEAM Club, students will have direct and unprecedented access to ANSTO experts who will help mentor students and help foster innovative ideas and creative thinking.

Australian primary school and high school children in Years 3 to 8 can join the STEAM Club, after obtaining permission from their parent or guardian.

Kids curious about the world around them, interested in experimenting or creating, or just wanting to try something new, will find the ANSTO STEAM Club is right up their alley.

ANSTO STEAM Club operates through Google Classroom and after registering, each child will be invited to join weekly challenges designed by ANSTO.

Once STEAM club members have completed five challenges, they will graduate from the ANSTO Education Academy with a Graduate Diploma and are able to start their five-week Master of STEAM course. Students that complete all 25 weeks will be recognised as Deans of STEAM.

ANSTO STEAM Club Educators will actively check the challenge submissions to make sure they have been completed correctly, and children can submit a photo of their completed entry to the classroom.

“While we’re not able to physically host educational workshops and events on campus at the moment, through our online environment, we’re still able to provide a creative learning outlet for kids – and most importantly, keep them entertained!” Mr Dowler said.

“Science and technology is dramatically changing our lives and creating many new and interesting career paths. I look forward to one day seeing some of our ANSTO STEAM Club members and high school students joining us at ANSTO to help us innovate and make the world a better place.”

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ANSTO leverages great science to deliver big outcomes. We partner with scientists and engineers and apply new technologies to provide real-world benefits. Our work improves human health, saves lives, builds our industries and protects the environment.

ANSTO is the home of Australia’s most significant landmark and national infrastructure for research. Thousands of scientists from industry and academia benefit from gaining access to state-of-the-art instruments every year.