Science Time

About Science Time

Science Time offers science enrichment education programs to schools and other institutions across Australia. Contributing to schools in more remote locations is a specialty, as is visiting a school for multiple days as a Scientist in Residence. The following itinerary is typical, although not fixed.


Available Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales any Term

  • Term 1 NSW/ACT/Vic/SA
  • Term 2 NSW/ACT/Vic/Tas
  • Term 3 Central Qld/North Qld/NT/Northern WA
  • Term 4 NSW/SA/Southern WA

About the Presenter

Dr Peter H. Eastwell

PhD (Science Education), BSc (Honours, Phys. Chem.), DipEd

Peter's experience as a science educator began in 1978. He taught full-time in Queensland state and independent schools for over 17 years, 12 as Head of Science. He enjoyed his work in the classroom immensely, and documented some of it by authoring the textbook Physics Spectrum: Constructing an Understanding of Physics (McGraw-Hill), which promotes a constructivist approach to the learning of Senior Physics. He also completed doctoral studies on the effects of enrichment and extracurricular science activities on secondary students.

Dr Eastwell's students have been very successful in both State and National science competitions, including being National winners in both the 1996 and 1997 Earthworm Environmental Awards for scientific research. He has received a Service to Science Education Award (Science Teachers Association of Queensland), a BHP Science Teacher Award, and was a finalist in the 1999 Allen Strom Eureka Prize for Environmental Education Programs.

Since 1997, Peter has been self-employed as the Director of Science Time, conducting science shows and other programs for students and families and seminars/workshops for teachers. He also founded and edited The Science Education Review, an international journal that brought leading-edge ideas to the attention of busy teachers. Peter is a registered Science and Technology Communicator, an accredited Primary Investigations and Crest Awards trainer, and has authored broadly in the area of science education. With a deep passion for science education that students find contagious, he enjoys nothing more than sharing his fascination for the scientific principles that govern our world.

Away From Science Education

Life away from science education revolves largely around activities on the family horse stud with wife Jan and son Brent, who is an equine veterinarian and Equestrian Australia (EA) accredited Coach. The stud focusses on breeding and training mainly Hannovarian performance warmbloods for especially dressage. Please find information about our stud here.

Kentucky (6 years of age) and Peter (13 years)!

Peter has long been involved in equestrian sports, having come through the pony club, showing, and showjumping ranks, and has been an Equestrian Australia accredited showjumping course designer and judge. He enjoys educating young horses for the Olympic disciplines.

During earlier years, Peter competed in athletics and played rugby league. While with Brisbane Wests, he was honoured to be chosen to represent Queensland in the 1978 Queensland vs New South Wales rugby league three-match interstate series.

rugby league
Lang Park (now Suncorp Stadium), Brisbane, 1978