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In Australia, we are getting better at engaging everyday people with science.

We do it on the streets. We do it in cinemas. We do it on trains, planes and buses. We do it in our national parks and we do it in our own backyards.

It is important to engage Australians with science because it plays a significant role in our personal health and wealth, and in our collective growth as a nation.

A big reason why we, science communicators and communication researchers, are getting better at engaging the public with science is that we are learning from each other about what works and what doesn't. We, ourselves, are getting better at engaging with each other.

That is why we'd love to add your science engagement project to the national database.

You can add one project or as many projects as you want.

If you already have a project listed, feel free to update the information at any time.

Contact us if you are not sure how you can access your project information.

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Scienza Viva

Hands on Science activities at schools K-12 and with community groups. Professional Development Courses for teachers
  • Overview of activity

    Name of this engagement activity?

    Scienza Viva


    Website/webpage that describes the activity?


    Start and end of the activity.

    Not available


    Frequency of the activity.

    • Ad hoc / Random

    Brief description of the activity.

    Hands on Science activities at schools K-12 and with community groups. Professional Development Courses for teachers


    Best description of the focus of your activity?

    • Educational / school-based activity

    Outcomes your activity seeks.

    High importance
    Low importance

    Attract increasing national and/or international interest in science

    Critically engage target groups with key scientific issues

    Encourage behavioural or policy change

    Encourage people to think critically and logically using scientific method

    Encourage young people to pursue scientific studies/careers

    Inspire target groups and get them to value scientific endeavour

    Make science more accessible


    Focus of your activity.

    Major component
    Not present in activity

    Institutional priority or public policy change related to science and technology

    Personal, community and societal values related to applications of science and technology

    Societal and environmental impacts and implications from science and technology

    The nature of the scientific process or enterprise

    Understanding of the natural and human-made world

  • Who is involved

    Group(s) are you targeting with your activity.

    • General Public
    • Indigenous communities
    • Metropolitan communities
    • Regional communities
    • School-aged children (but not necessarily in schools)
    • Teachers

    Locations of the groups project is targeting.

    States and Territories

    Capital city ACT
    Regional city(ies) / town(s) ACT
    Rural / remote ACT

    More specific geographic informations.

    Not available


    Leader/manager of the activity.

    Business / corporation Scienza Viva

    Involvement in managing the activity.

    Business / corporation Scienza Viva small business

    Funder of the activity?

    Fee For Service
  • Engagement activity in more depth

    Fields of science involved in the activity.

    • Biological sciences
    • Chemical sciences
    • Earth sciences
    • Environmental sciences
    • Information and computing sciences
    • Medical and health sciences
    • Physical sciences
    • Technology

    Target group(s) involvement in the activity.

    Major component of activity
    Not part of activity

    Ask questions of experts, interactive inquiry learning in activities/exhibits

    Consult, share views and knowledge among/between participants and science experts

    Create content/new products

    Deliberate with other participants and group problem-solving

    Learn from watching, listening, viewing lectures, media and/or exhibits

    Participate in research

    Produce recommendations or reports

    Work with scientists


    Tools you have used or will use for engagement.

    • Face-to-face
    • Fact sheet
    • Hands-on activity
    • Provide or supplement educational materials
    • Seminar
    • Website
    • Workshop

    How does the engagement fit within the process of science.

    • to find out target group’s perceptions, concerns and needs about completed science
    • to engage target group in completed science or established scientific knowledge

    Level of involvement of the following people in delivering the engagement activity.

    High involvement
    Low involvement

    Communication professionals

    Community representatives

    Interpretation specialists (e.g. museum curators, science centre education officers, rangers)

    Managers (e.g. resources, business, etc.)

    Scientists not directly involved in the research

    Other specialists (e.g. graphic designer, artists, actors, etc.)

    Scientists who did or are doing the research


    Teachers / academics

    Volunteers (other than scientists)

  • Evaluation

    Evidences that your engagement activity was likely to work before starting it.

    • Previous success with a similar activity
    • Community support / demand for activity
    • Own experience with running such activities
    • Trialled activity before implementation
    • Evaluation of past activities

    Credibility, and accuracy of the science involved in your engagement activity.

    • Constant fact and source checking
    • Credibility, reputation and experience of organisation/s
    • Ongoing monitoring/ updating

    Evaluation you have done or plan to do for this activity.

    • In-house

    Tools and methods of evaluation you will use.

    • Attendance numbers
    • Feedback through forms, emails, letters and face-to-face

    One thing that would tell you your engagement was successful.

    The degree of students' participation in the practical activities