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 and new courses are added twice a year.


Please note that our Coordinators work Tuesday to Thursday only during the school term and will endeavour to respond to your enquiries within 24hrs on these days and ASAP on other days. Email is the best way to contact us.

E: juniorscience@mq.edu.au

P: 02 9850 1118

M: 0448172163

Waiting list: if the class you would like to enrol in is full, email your contact details and the class name and date and we will put you on the waiting list.

Special opportunity for clients of Mission Australia within the City of Ryde

Macquarie University and Mission Australia are collaborating to offer students the opportunity to participate in a Junior Science Academy class during school holidays.

A total of 20 placements are available during school holidays in 2020.

Lunch will also be provided to participants at no charge.

Note that this opportunity is not available to everyone, ONLY people who are registered clients of Mission Australia.

Clients of Mission Australia should register interest in this special opportunity here:https://www.trybooking.com/BKKOD

Contact Mission Australia for further detail:

Kyle Wiebe

0436 802 610


More information

Inclusive JSA for children who have experienced hearing loss

The Australian Hearing Hub and Campus Life are offering an inclusive Junior Science Academy for children who have experienced hearing loss. Classes will be held on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 September 2020 with limited places available to eligible students.

Classes will be held at the Australian Hearing Hub at 16 University Avenue, Macquarie University.

Register your interest in inclusive programs here.

We are currently planning our Spring Holiday Program 2020 - Classes will run from 28th September to 9th October.

Bookings will be open by 1st September

The next holiday program is currently in development. We have some exciting new classes we are working on that we look forward to sharing with you!

Timetables and Class Descriptions will be available HERE.

Booking link will be available HERE

Please see the expandable tabs below for more information on Pricing, Location, Daily Schedule, Lunch Orders, Cancellation Policy, using Creative Kids Vouchers, What to Bring and our Child Safe Commitment Statement.


Cost of Junior Science Academy - $126.50 per day

  • Please note the Junior Science Academy is not registered for the Child Care Subsidy and no rebates are available
  • *Creative Kids Vouchers are only accepted for select classes due to Service NSW criteria. Eligible classes are indicated on the timetable, class descriptions and booking page. Eligible Creative Kids classes are those with a theme of Robotics, Coding or Architecture. Please see the Creative Kids Tab below for more information.

Schedule for the Day

  • Classes will run between 9.30am - 4.30pm.
  • Supervision is provided in a communal playroom 1 hour before and after class. Parents can drop off children between 8:30am-9:30am and pick up between 4:30pm-5:30pm.
  • Please note for younger age groups (K-1), classes finish at 4.00pm and children can be picked up anytime between 4.00pm - 5:30pm.
  • A lunch break of 45 minutes will take place between 12pm - 2pm. Information on Lunch Orders is available below. Children will also get a short morning and afternoon break at a suitable time decided on the day (please note: children need to provide their own snacks for breaks)

What to bring

  • Lunch and morning tea, afternoon tea, water bottle and hat.
  • Children are to wear comfortable clothes with closed in shoes.
  • 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

The Junior Science Academy is now registered for Creative Kids vouchers for selected classes!

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

Currently 8 of our classes have been approved by Service NSW as eligible for Creative Kids Vouchers and we are working on developing more! Please be aware that not all of our classes are eligible for the voucher, only those specifically indicated on the timetable, class description or booking page. Eligible classes fit with a theme of Robotics, Coding or Architecture.

How to redeem your Creative Kids Voucher when booking an eligible class:

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 to juniorscience@mq.edu.au, including the Booking Name. Once verified by our team, you will receive a $100 refund to the account the booking was made with.

PLEASE NOTE: Vouchers will be processed in bulk on 2 dates. The first date for processing will be 3rd July, followed by 28th July. Please ensure you have provided the correct birthdate of your child in the booking form to ensure we can redeem the voucher.


  • You will only receive one Creative Kids Voucher valued at $100 for each child, per year. This means that you can only use a Creative Kids Voucher code once a year for each child.
  • All cancellations are subject to our Cancellation Policy. Please see this below. 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 whether the voucher may be used for that class.

Cancellation Policy

Special refund policy for July 2020 program

To encourage and support families to keep children at home if any child or family member shows signs of illness, full refunds will be processed for cancellations up until 9.30am on the day of the booked class.

Regular refund policy: (not applicable July 2020)

50% refund of ticket prices is payable for cancellation by the Parent/Guardian if more than 24 hours notice (ie before 9:30am the working day prior) is provided. Alternatively and subject to availability, the student may transfer to a different class during the same holiday period at either the Junior Science Academy or Robocamps.

No refunds are payable for cancellation by the Parent/Guardian if less than 24 hours notice (ie from 9:30am the working day prior) is provided.

Waiting list

Once bookings are open, places can fill up fast. If the class you would like is full, we can add you to our waiting list.

To be put on the waiting list please email juniorscience@mq.edu.au with your: name, phone and email, as well as the class name and date you are interested in. We will add you to the waiting list and contact you if a place becomes available.

Lunch Orders

Lunch Orders are now available!

To Order: You must book your child's lunch order by 10am two business days prior to the date you want the lunch order. Orders received after this time will not be ready in time.

When bookings are available a booking link will appear HERE.

Click here to see the Menu: Three price options are available, with gluten and dairy free choices available. Food is delivered to our program around 10am on the date requested and educators will store it safely and give it to children at lunch time.

Refunds: Only if the food order cancellation is made in writing before 10am two business days prior to the date you have booked the lunch order.


  • Free temporary parking will be available in designated areas for Drop off and Pickup of children only.
  • These 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. Free parking is not provided for full day parking.

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.

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 pick up. Please understand that for the safety of your child we cannot let you pick up a child without evidence of identity.

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