An enthusiastic audience of approximately 50 science teachers, principals, university lecturers, local council and industry representatives gathered together at the Kempsey Shire Council Chamberson Tuesday 2 September to launch the Mid North Coast Science Hub. Kempsey Shire Council mayor, Liz Campbell, welcomed the initiative which arose from the Macleay Valley Education and Skills Forum. Hub members Charles Sturt University, Mid Coast Connect and the Forum were successful in gaining funds from the NSW Regional science Grants program to host a Science Festival that will be held at the Charles Sturt University campus on 12-13 November.
Senior Lecturer in Medical Imaging from CSU, Johnathan Hewis, outlined a vision for the region’s Science Hub and launched a schools competition for the design of its logo. Science Communication Manager Catherine Beehag and Lifelong Learning Manager Fara Pelarek from the Australian Museum then gave the audience a taste of the range of exciting workshops and activities planned for the Festival. Science students from Kempsey High School were on hand to demonstrate their ‘Story of Sedimentary Rock’ experiment before Johnathan Hewis facilitated a workshop where audience members were asked to contribute ideas for the further development of the Hub.
There was a real hum to the room as ideas were discussed, new contacts made and old colleagues reunited.
About the author
Sandra Wallace is Program Co-ordinator, Future Moves at Charles Sturt University’s Port Macquarie campus and convenor of the Mid North Coast Science Hub.