Junior Science Academy

Junior Science Academy

Junior Science Academy

Blast off into the world of science in a fun, safe environment.

Is your child ready to experiment, ask questions, wonder, investigate and - maybe - get a little messy? They'll do all this and more as they explore science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) concepts through fun, hands-on activities. At the Macquarie Junior Science Academy, primary-school age children can explore the world in a new light through engaging and interactive experiences. Think space, dinosaurs, explosions, medicine, rocks and much more!

Developed by experts and delivered by experienced educators, the program is aligned with the NSW Science and Technology Syllabus and the Australian Curriculum. Classes are relevant and age-appropriate with new courses added throughout the year.

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COVID-19 Update 

Cancellation of September Program

To our fellow science enthusiasts, we hope you are staying safe and well.

We regret to announce that due to the ongoing impacts and evolving circumstances of the current COVID-19 outbreak, JSA will not be operating these September school holidays. We are disappointed we cannot bring our Junior Scientists our usual fun-filled educational program, but we are already developing a bigger and better summer program to look forward to!

For those of you who will be needing care for your children, Vacation Care at Waratah Cottage, Macquarie University, will still be operating during the September holidays, pending advice from NSW Health. Please visit their website if you would like further information.

Keep an eye on our website in the coming months for updates about our Summer Program. In the meantime, set these dates aside for summer science fun!

JSA Summer Program Dates

December Private School Program13th - 17th December 2021
December Public School Program20th - 22nd December 2021
January Program4th - 21st January 2022

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Contact us

Coordinators are currently working from home - please submit all enquiries via email.

Email: juniorscience@mq.edu.au

Mobile: 0448 172 163

Social: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram - @JuniorScienceAcademy

Our Coordinators work Tuesday to Friday during the school term and will endeavour to respond to your enquiries within 24hrs on these days and ASAP on other days. Email is our preferred contact method.

Cost - $130 per day

The Junior Science Academy is not registered for the Child Care Subsidy and no rebates are available.


Program Location - Macquarie University

Macquarie University is located 18km from Sydney CBD and within easy walk of the Macquarie University Station. Details of class locations are updated before each program.

Program Location - Central Coast

Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre (CCMDC) - 11 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal.

The CCMDC is located in the Rotary Park/Parklife next to Terrigal Lagoon and directly opposite Terrigal Pacific Motel.

Daily Schedule

Drop off
  • all classes, 8:30am - 9:30am (*note alternate timing for Central Coast)
Pick up
  • K-1 classes, 4pm - 5:30pm
  • all other classes, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Lessons start promptly at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm, or 4pm for classes listed as K-1
  • Supervision is provided 1 hour before and after class
  • A lunch break of 45 minutes will take place between 12pm - 2pm
  • The day includes a short morning and afternoon tea break - children will need to bring their own snacks
*Alternate timing for Central Coast
  • Supervision from 8am until lessons commence, and until 5:30pm after lessons finish
  • All other schedules as above

What To Bring

  • Lunch, morning tea, afternoon tea
  • Water bottle and hat
  • Any medication needed
  • Children are to wear comfortable clothes with closed in shoes - enclosed shoes are mandatory for safety reasons
  • Please apply sunscreen to children prior to arrival for their protection during outdoor play. Children will be asked to wear a hat when outdoors

Creative Kids Vouchers

Every year, the NSW government will issue a $100 voucher per child for parents to use on approved activities for their children. Visit their website to apply: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-creative-kids-voucher

The Junior Science Academy is a registered Creative Kids Provider and we have a range of classes that are eligible to use with your voucher. With the expansion of our RoboCamp classes, there are now more Creative Kids eligible classes available and we are working on developing even more!

Please be aware that not all of our classes are eligible for Creative Kids vouchers.

Eligible classes fit with a theme of Robotics, Coding or Architecture, and are specifically indicated on the timetable, class description and booking page.

Redeeming Creative Kids Vouchers:

1. Apply for a Creative Kids voucher through Service NSW

2. Select a Creative Kids eligible class through our booking link

3. Pay the full amount payable

4. Send a copy of your Creative Kids voucher number and child's name and birthdate to juniorscience@mq.edu.au, including the adult booking name. Once verified by our team, you will receive a $100 refund to the account the booking was made with

  • Vouchers are processed in bulk on designated dates up until the end of each program - please submit all vouchers before the last day of program for your refund to be processed in that program period (vouchers submitted after this date will be processed the following holiday program)
  • All cancellations are subject to our Refund and Cancellation Policy. Wherever possible, we will assist in transferring your booking to another class in the same school holiday period; however this is subject to availability and class eligibility

Mailing and Waiting Lists

Mailing List

Email us at juniorscience@mq.edu.au if you would like to go on our Mailing List to receive email notifications when bookings go live.

For more regular updates on program development, follow @JuniorScienceAcademy on Facebook or Instagram.

Waiting List

Once bookings open, classes fill quickly. If the class you want is full, email us at juniorscience@mq.edu.au providing:

  • Adult Name
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Class name and date you are interested in

We will contact you if a place becomes available.

Lunch Orders

Lunch orders will not be available for the September 2021 program due to the current COVID-19 situation.

Details of lunch orders during normal program operation are below.

Lunch orders must be placed by 10am, two (2) business days in advance of the day your child is attending the program.

Lunch includes a sandwich, a snack and a drink. Food is delivered to the classrooms around 11am - Educators will store it safely and give to children at lunch time.

Any changes or cancellations must be emailed to juniorscience@mq.edu.au three (3) business days prior to the date the order is required.

Children have a morning tea break prior to lunch orders arriving, we recommend packing food if you would like your child to have a morning snack.

JSA @ Macquarie University


Campus Map

Class locations will be displayed at the top of the timetable once released.


Parking Map
  • Free temporary parking will be available in designated areas for drop off and pick up of children only
  • The designated spaces are only free for the drop-off (8.30am-10am) and pick-up (4pm- 5.30pm) periods. No ticket display is required during these times when parking in the designated area. Free parking is not provided for full day parking

JSA @ Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Terrigal

JSA on the Central Coast will not be operating in the September holidays. Please see the COVID-19 Update section for more details.

We will be back in January 2022, so mark these dates on your calendars now for summer science fun:

JSA @ CCMDC Summer Program Dates

January 2022, Week 1Wednesday 5th 
Thursday 6th
January 2022, Week 2Wednesday 12th 
Thursday 13th
January 2022, Week 3Wednesday 19th
Thursday 20th

JSA @ Australian Hearing Hub for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Kids

The Australian Hearing Hub and Campus Life are offering an accessible Junior Science Academy for children who have experienced hearing loss.

Unfortunately, we will be unable to bring you our DHH program during the September school holidays. Please see the COVID-19 Update section for more details.

Special Opportunity with MQ's Widening Participation Unit

Macquarie University's Widening Participation Unit is working in collaboration with community service providers and LEAP partner schools to offer students who experience educational disadvantage the opportunity to participate free of charge in a Junior Science Academy course.

Via Widening Participation, a number of placements are available for 2021 courses delivered at Macquarie University campus and the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Terrigal. Limits of one free ticket per student apply.

Lunch will also be provided to participants at no charge.

These free tickets are only available to eligible families (NOTE: eligible families are those whose children are experiencing educational disadvantage, as measured by government financial measures).

Refunds and Cancellations

Refund Policy

A refund of 50% of the ticket price is payable for cancellation by the Parent/Guardian if more than 24 hours notice is provided (before 9:30am the business day prior to the day of the class). Alternatively, and subject to availability, the student may transfer to a different class during the same holiday period.

No refunds are payable for cancellation by the Parent/Guardian if less than 24 hours notice is given.

If you wish to cancel your ticket due to COVID-related reasons after the 24hr cut-off (9:30am the business day before the day of the booked class), please contact us for further advice.

JSA Health & Safety

Macquarie University is committed to the welfare of children and staff in its care.

Children who are unwell and/or exhibiting signs of illness should not attend Junior Science Academy. Staff will ask parents to immediately collect children who appear unwell while attending Junior Science Academy.

Photo Identification on pick up - One of the practical aspects of our Child Safe Commitment is our requirement to see Photo Identification of the person picking up the child for the day. The name on the identification must match the name we have been provided on the booking form as a Parent/Guardian or Authorised Person to Collect. Please understand that for the safety of your child we cannot let you pick up a child without evidence of identity.

Please contact us if you have further questions or concerns.

Child Safe Commitment Statement

Campus Life is committed to the safety, well-being and empowerment of all children and young people engaging in our programs and to protect them from foreseeable harm.

Campus Life treats all allegations and complaints about the safety and wellbeing of children seriously and is committed to ensuring that its staff, volunteers and contractors understand the legal obligations to report child abuse and neglect to government authorities. Every Campus Life employee has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays, individually and collectively, to ensure that the well-being and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do.

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