About Hands On Science

Hands On Science is a visiting science program for all Victorian Primary Schools that also offers school holiday programs, family science nights and professional development for teachers.

Our history

From 1987 to 1992, our founders taught at the John Gardiner Science Centre, running science-based activity sessions for the students, science holiday programs, professional development for teachers and family science workshops on weekends.

Following the closure of the John Gardiner Centre, Hands On Science was formed in 1993.

Our mission

Hands On Science is committed to quality education and fostering greater interest in science in primary schools. Our presenters nurture students’ natural curiosity about the world.

Hands On Science programs introduce basic science concepts and technology with a developmental, hands-on approach, while also incorporating cross-curriculum priorities. Students and teachers will gain skills and knowledge that will enable them to complete activities independently and inspire them to be creative with their ongoing science and technology programs.

Hands On Science sessions are specially designed to meet teachers’ needs. They are designed to be in line with the Victorian Curriculum, and blend with IB Primary Years Program [PYP]. Our presenters demonstrate a range of different teaching strategies, while our programs and booklets showcase inexpensive materials and equipment for future classroom use.