Expressions of interest are now invited from organisations seeking to promote science and technology innovations, research and/or STEM education initiatives to the general public at a major activation at Sydney Olympic Park as part of Sydney Science Festival in National Science Week on Saturday 18 August.
With the theme Racing the Future, The Innovation Games at Sydney Olympic Park will again be buzzing this August with interactive displays, live stage shows, games, gadgets, film and food!
This year’s family-friendly Sydney Science Festival offering from the Sydney Olympic Science Hub is on a big game day with high audience engagement expected as the GWS Giants Vs the Swans and the Bedisloe Cup is contested. Last year’s event attracted more than 5,000 audience members.
The Innovation Games encourages participation from research organisations and businesses with an interest in STEM education. It’s free to get involved in this family friendly event designed to showcase why studies in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) can lead to the coolest jobs around.
Real world role models
The Innovation Games offers new ways to taste, touch and see science and technology in ACTION!
For presenting partners, it’s a unique opportunity to showcase science and technology innovation while also demonstrating the diverse career paths available to young people who pursue STEM studies at tertiary level.
XGames, sport and STEM
Tapping into popular culture, this year’s Innovation Games presents the Olympic Cauldron where everyone is invited to hit the pump track with scooters, skateboards or BMXs as they learn about the STEM inside XGames culture. Participants will get a rare chance to meet XGames extreme sport stars as they shred their stuff on the half-pipe, demonstrating the physics and maths involved in tricks and skate park design.
Other activations will reveal the low down on drones, with flying simulators and hand on experiences at the ready. A unique STEM Zone will showcase science and technology innovations.
There will also be the opportunities to kick the physics out of a footy, follow nature discovery trails and learn how scientists are saving endangered native species.
Audiences coming out to cheer on Australia in Bledisloe Cup Rugby, or GWS Giants vs Swans AFL, or orthers just hanging out at the Park for a sunny Saturday, will find The Innovation Games a new way to ramp- up their science and tech knowledge.
Why STEM skills?
Australia’s competency in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is declining and businesses and educators alike around the country are looking for new ways to redress this serious workforce skills shortfall.
However, the STEM skills message does not resonate with the general public (what does ‘STEM’ mean anyway?) That’s why connecting real life science and technology with the public is so important.
One way of the best ways to educate the broader community about the relevance of science, technology, engineering and maths is by taking real life examples of research knowledge to where people go.
Sydney Science Festival in National Science Week creates opportunities for Australians from all walks of life to have firsthand experiences of science and technology and to meet STEM experts working across diverse – and unexpected – fields.
The Innovation Games is expected to reach thousands of audience members and is a great platform for connecting STEM knowledge with the public.
Want to be part of it?
There are all kinds of ways you can be involved in The Innovation Games, from hosting a challenge, presenting a stall in the STEM Zone, providing a speaker or delivering hands on activities and prizes.
Find out more: Innovation Games Partners 2018
Organisations wishing to participate in the Innovation Games should express their interest in hosting an activation or stall to Sydney Olympic Park’s Education Manager Mike Bartlett by email Mike.Bartlett@sopa.nsw.gov.au by 7 June 2018.
The Innovation Games is supported by Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week.