Art and science were winning combination for the Northern Rivers Science Hub during Science Week with the Arts vs Science Festival going off with a bang in Lismore on Sunday 24 August.
Kadina High School student Kaleesha Rhodes welcomed festival goers to country, and Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Peter Lee launched the Northern Rivers Science Hub and officially opened the Festival with its mix of ideas, science and creativity.
The Festival brought out the sun, the fun and a whole lot of bright ideas including a live art science chemistry experiment! Hundreds of young, and not so young, participants, enjoyed a packed program of creative science workshops, talks and music.
The newly refurbished Lismore City Hall was the perfect venue for the Festival and organisers say they hope to be back with more Northern Rivers Science Hub events in the future. An exciting part of the day was the announcement of the winners of Northern Rivers Science Hub National Science Week School Art Competition.
“It was wonderful to see the amazing work of children from across the region,” says festival organiser Hannah Rice Hayes. “The judges were so impressed with the quality of the work and the science concepts communicated”.
The winners of the Art vs Science National Science Week Schools Art Competition were:
Pre-School: Goodstart Early Learning Centre Goonellabah
Primary School: 1st prize- Coffee Camp Year 2 for ‘Fibonacci’; 2nd prize – Lilly Miles for ‘Fish Body’; 3rd prize- Garage Kid Art Studio collaboration
High School: 1st Prize- Oliver De Milford; 2nd prize – Kudra Falla-Ricketts
Festival organisers would like to thank the member organisations of the Northern Rivers Science Hub for their contributions and acknowledge the following sponsors for their support Inspiring NSW and NSW Government, Southern Cross University, TAFE North Coast, Lismore City Council, Rous Water, Lions Club of Lismore, Jenny Dowell and Kevin Hogan.
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Kristin den Exter is Engagement Facilitator, Sustainability Partnerships & Community Engagement at Southern Cross University.