MSE school incursions and Covid-19
To ensure a safe environment for students, teachers and our staff we will be committing to the following minimum presentation requirements until the end of Term 3, 2020, (unless there is an official WHO declaration that the current pandemic is over):
Each workshop session is for max 30 students at a time and the equipment cannot be moved once set up.
We will provide hand sanitiser to students when they start and when they finish the workshop. Any student who does not wish to use the sanitiser cannot take part in the workshop.
Our presenter will need at least 25 minutes between workshops (if more than one) for resetting and sanitising equipment.
1) Please contact us immediately if your school has put limits in place for gatherings, if this limit differs from the numbers you have already booked with us per session.
2) To allow for adequate distancing, shows must be held in the school hall/gym or similarly large space.
3) When volunteers are called for from the audience, the volunteer will be given hand sanitiser to use.
Where these requirements differ from your schools requirements, the more stringent rules will apply.
We have made our own assessment of infection risk regarding our Starlab portable planetarium, and will be cancelling all sessions until the current pandemic has passed. Regardless of any official advice regarding numbers, a small enclosed space with re-circulated air would be an unacceptably high risk of transmission.
High-quality STEM education and outreach that comes to you. We don't just entertain - we engage.
Our STEM@School incursion programs provide the best range of science incursion experiences in SA.
Download our school programs flyer for 2020,
Download our OSHC/Vacation Care programs flyer for 2020,
or explore our show/workshop combo's, specially built to accommodate a wide age range, from the menu bar.
Frequently asked questions
Do your staff have DCSI clearance?
Yes - as a condition of employment all program staff have current DCSI checks for working with children.
Can I get more information about your programs?
We can provide a content overview of any programs you may be considering booking. We do not send out scripts because i) there would be intellectual property issues, and ii) we don't use them - our staff are expected to know what they're talking about.
Can I have more than one program in a day?
Yes you can. Each presenter can run 3 program sessions a day, and they don't all have to be the same program. We will work with you to decide on a timetable that allows for pack-up and set-up when changing programs between sessions.
Can I have more than three sessions in a day?
Yes, subject to staff availability. One staff can run three sessions per day (or 6 of the Starlab Experience), but more than one staff member can be booked. The minimum numbers of sessions a staff member can be booked for in a day is 2.
Can I have the same program in two locations at once?
No - we have 1 copy of the equipment and materials for each program.
How far in advance do I have to book?
It depends on which term you're booking for. For example, Term 3 contains National Science Week, so August and September is usually fully booked by the middle of term 2. In term 1, you'll be in with a good shot even if you're just a week out.
The earlier you book, the better chance of getting your preferred date/s. If you want a time slot in National Science Week, we'd recommend making contact by the end of term 1.
Do you have liability insurance?
MSE maintains $20,000,000 in Third Party Liability insurance. A Certificate of Currency can be sent via email on request.
Do you have discounts for disadvantaged schools?
Yes - Category 1-4 and AISSA-listed disadvantaged schools in the Greater Metropolitan Adelaide (North, East, South,West, Central) and Adelaide Hills, receive discounts on all of our programs. Details can be found in the Pricing and Discount Schedule at the bottom of each STEM@school program page.
Do you have any free programs?
Any free programs, in the absence of government funding, would be STEM@work programs paid for by partners.
Is there a minimum charge?
For schools less than 150km from Victoria Square, Adelaide (as measured by Google Maps):