Australian Synchrotron science education

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) offers specialised science education programs for secondary school students, teachers and the general public at the Australian Synchrotron in Clayton, Victoria. The programs are run by PrimeSCI!, in collaboration with ANSTO.

The Australian Synchrotron during Open Day 2015

About the Synchrotron

The Australian Synchrotron is one of the southern hemisphere's most significant scientific facilities. It is a world-class medical research facility that uses accelerator technology to produce a powerful source of light – x-rays and infrared radiation – a million times brighter than the sun. It supports a broad range of high quality research, with applications from medicine and nanotechnology to manufacturing and mineral exploration.

It is located at 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton, Victoria.

Sunday 8 October: Synchrotron Open Day

ANSTO's Australian Synchrotron Open Day

Sunday 8 October 2017

Held once every two years, ANSTO’s Australian Synchrotron Open Day is an exciting opportunity to see one of the most important scientific facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.

This free all-ages event will attract more than 3,000 people and gives you the chance to hear from some of the ANSTO researchers using synchrotron light to deliver better outcomes for all Australians. There are a range of tours running across the day commencing every half hour. Tours run for 90 minutes and start with a customised introductory presentation depending on your interests.

Afterwards, explore the Synchrotron site’s food outlets, roving entertainment, kid’s activities, science workshops, careers information, interviews and more!

Lab sessions and tours

Lab sessions and tours at the Australian Synchrotron are available to school groups of VCE students and free guided tours are open to the public. 

Spring 2017 School Holiday Sessions for VCE Students

Strictly for VCE Physics students who did not have the chance to visit the ANSTO Australian Synchrotron in Term 3 2017.

Sessions are held in ANSTO's interactive learning centre which includes equipment not normally found in schools. Sessions include a tour of the Synchrotron where students will obtain a deep understanding of how research using synchrotron and nuclear techniques deliver a wide range of benefits.

Tour and Lab Session: Interactions of Light and Matter

When: Tuesday 3 October 2017
Start time: 10am – 2pm

  • VCE Physics Unit 4 / Area of Study 1: How Can Waves Explain the Behaviour of Light?
  • VCE Physics Unit 4 / Area of Study 2: How Are Light and Matter Similar?

Tour and Lab Session: Synchrotron and its Applications

When: Wednesday 4 October 2017
Start time: 10am – 2pm

  • VCE Physics Unit 2 / Area of Study 2 / Option 2.8: How Do Particle Accelerators Work?

Session and booking details

Term 4 VCE Lab Sessions

Continuing in Term 4 2017, specialised practical ANSTO VCE Lab Sessions are available for Year 11 VCE students with guided tours of the Australian Synchrotron.

These sessions are the only hands-on experience in Australia that allows students to comprehensively explore key syllabus concepts such as interaction of light and energy, nuclear physics and radioactivity.

Sessions are held in ANSTO’s interactive learning centre which includes equipment not normally found in schools. Sessions include a tour of the Synchrotron where students will obtain a deep understanding of how research using synchrotron and nuclear techniques delivers a wide range of benefits.

Lab Session: Synchrotron and its Applications

When: Monday to Friday (subject to availability and only during Victorian school terms)
Start time: 9.30am – 2pm (or as arranged with individual schools)

  • VCE Physics Unit 2 / Area of Study 2 / Option 2.8: How Do Particle Accelerators Work?

Session and booking details

  • $400 plus GST for groups up to 12 students. $30 plus GST per student for groups over 12 students.
  • Maximum of 24 students per session. For groups less than 12 we will try to combine your class with another group to reduce the per student costs (unless otherwise requested).
  • View booking terms and conditions.

School tours of the Australian Synchrotron

Tours of the Australian Synchrotron are available for school groups during school term.

When: Monday to Friday (subject to availability and only during the Victorian school terms)
Start time: 9.30am – 11am (or as arranged with individual schools)

Tour and booking details

  • School tours: $225 plus GST for groups up to 14 students. $15 plus GST per student for groups over 14 students. Maximum of 24 students per session.
  • For groups less than 14 we will try to combine your class with another group to reduce the per student costs (unless otherwise requested).
  • View booking terms and conditions

Public tours of the Australian Synchrotron

Free guided tours of the Australian Synchrotron are available six times a year on Saturdays. You must be at least 12 years old to attend this tour.

Upcoming public tours: Saturday 16 September, Saturday 18 November
Start time: 9.30am – 11am

Tour and booking details

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