2022 School Theme - Glass: More Than Meets the Eye

Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), is pleased to confirm that in 2022, the National Science Week theme and title will be Glass: More Than Meets the Eye.

Each year, ASTA considers the United Nations “International Year Of…” when exploring potential themes, and 2022 provides us with the International Year of Glass, offering a rich thematic opportunity for National Science Week.

Glass: More Than Meets the Eye will celebrate the many roles that glass plays in our lives – from phone screens to optical fibre to glassware in labs – plus investigating glass as a part of our sustainable future.  The uses for and intrinsic nature of glass in science make it a suitable topic for investigation across all strands of science education. 

ASTA CEO, Shenal Basnayake stated that “Glass: More Than Meets the Eye will be a wonderful offering, because glass presents many possibilities for scientific inquiry across all school year levels due to its widespread use throughout history and well into the future.”

ASTA welcomes interest from all aspects of industry as contributors to what will be an exciting and informative National Science Week in 2022.

School grant applications for 2022 have now closed.

National Science Week 2022

What is National Science Week?

National Science Week is an annual festival of science that takes place in August each year. This celebration aims to raise the profile and increase the public understanding and public appreciation of science, innovation, engineering and technology, and their role in maintaining and improving our society, economy and environment. 

In schools around the nation, thousands of teachers and students from early childhood to senior secondary levels contribute to National Science Week celebrations by organising and participating in a diverse range of activities and events.  It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists’ to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to become fascinated by the world we live in.

How Do SCHOOLS Get Involved?

Apply for a school grant

  • Schools can apply for up to $500 to help them conduct a National Science Week activity/event. Applications for the 2022 grant round have now closed. Please check back in early 2023 for details of the 2023 grant round.

Go to a National Science Week in-person or virtual event

  • Approximately 1000 events take place around Australia during National Science Week each year, including those delivered by universities, schools, museums and science centres. Enjoy a range of activities in your region or online at home. These events attract a wide audience from children to adults, and science amateurs to professionals. Over one million people participate in science events across the nation, with another 160 000 taking part in school activities. Visit the National Science Week website to discover what events are available in 2022.

Use the ASTA teacher resource book

  • For National Science Week each year, ASTA produces a teacher resource book to help support and assist teachers in providing engaging science activities for their students. This is published in March of each year to allow teachers adequate opportunity to research and plan for their Science Week activities.  The book is based, each year, on the National Science Week school theme chosen for that year and is always packed with information, classroom activities, experiments, diagrams, photographs and websites.
  • Since 2011, ASTA has provided the teacher resource books as web-based digital books. Titles include – React to Chemistry, Energy Evolution, A Century of Australian Science and Deep Blue: Innovation for the Future of Our Oceans. These are available free of charge from the National Science Week Books and Resources link at the top of this page as electronic downloads.

For the latest information visit the National Science Week website and sign up to the newsletter for updates and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information please contact your state or territory coordinator

State Coordinator Association Email
Delese Brewster
Veronica Wiley
Josephine Cali
Sue Monteath
Katie Gloede
NSWk TAS Coordinator
Ann Pisarevsky
Lauren Pascoe

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