Hands on science in Wagga Wagga

A new initiative in the Eastern Riverina is gearing up to bring together school students, university students and scientists in a series of fun and engaging activities. Running during National Science Week (August 16-24), these events bring together Charles Sturt University (CSU), local primary and high schools, Wagga Wagga City Library and the Marketplace.

Early in the week, the library is hosting opportunities for budding young scientists, aiming to break down the stereotypes that surround scientists (we’re not all as mad as the movies would have us appear!).

Join microscopist and Senior Lecturer in Plant Science and Microbiology at CSU, Dr John Harper, and science students in the family-friendly activity ‘Closer’ to discover the invisible world around us. Or get hands on with ‘Sweet Science’, an activity where participants conduct edible experiments and learn about air pressure and viscosity.

Later in the week, high school students have a chance to show off their scientific skills in the Science Investigation Awards ceremony at CSU. These encourage primary and high school students to conduct scientific investigations and present their results to a team of judges from industry and academia.

“The Science Investigation Awards encourage High School students to take their HSC Science Investigations to a new level and compete with fellow students for prizes,” said Dr Harper.

Primary school students won’t miss the fun, with opportunities for them to spend a day on campus and do some real experiments in a lab.

“This year students from kindergarten to year 6 will be involved!” Dr Harper added

There will also be a poster presentation at the Wagga Wagga Marketplace Mall, along with interactive events.

When and where:

  • Awards presentation 19 August at Charles Sturt University.
  • Posters displayed from 20 August onwards at the Wagga Wagga Marketplace Mall
  • ‘Closer’: 16 August, 10:30am – 12:30pm. No bookings required.
  • ‘Sweet Science’: 18-22 August, 9:00am. Bookings essential, call (02) 6926 9700 or email wcl@wagga.nsw.gov.au

For more information visit the Wagga Wagga City Library or contact John Harper, Senior Lecturer in Plant Science and Microbiology at Charles Sturt University.
Phone: 0447 276 162
Email: jharper@csu.edu.au