The newly established Central Coast Science Hub has planned a number of events to celebrate National Science Week throughout the region. The diverse program aims to celebrate research excellence and provide entertaining and educational activities to a broad range of community members.
Local scientists from the University of Newcastle, The University of New South Wales and Macquarie University have volunteered to deliver a symbiosis activity into several local schools during Monday to Thursday of National Science Week.
Children will generate creative artworks inspired by the sessions around the topic of ‘Symbiosis’.
The artwork produced by the children will be exhibited at Erina Fair Shopping Centre from Saturday 18 August to Sunday 19 August, engaging members of the public of all ages.
Artworks by local artists will also be displayed during the exhibition, with several local businesses providing prizes for people’s choice awards. Educational material on symbiosis will be displayed alongside the artwork.
Clean foreshore event
Clean4Shore, a local group focussed on removal of rubbish from waterways across the Central Coast, will host a foreshore community engagement event involving a talk on the importance of foreshores.
This will be followed by a clean-up event led by Mr Graham Johnstone. Get in early as places are limited.
Volunteers will leave from Gosford Sailing Club on Saturday August 18th at 9 am and can register their interest in the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rock shore ramble
A rock shore ramble, led by Ms Jane Smith, the Central Coast Mayor and member of the Marine Discovery Centre, will take place at 8:30 am to coincide with low tide on Sunday August 19th at Bateau Bay.
This event will include a walk across the rock platform with information about the biology of the marine organisms that live in this harsh environment. Unlimited places, all welcome – just turn up!
Water quality monitoring
A water quality experience will be delivered by members of Water Watch, part of the Community Environmental Network.
This activity will take place at Terrigal Lagoon from 10 am to noon on Sunday 19 August and will include an introduction to water monitoring techniques and hands-on activities. Unlimited places.
A number of exciting outreach activities and science shows will be delivered to school groups at the Ourimbah campus of the University of Newcastle.
Get involved in the Science Hub
The members of the new Central Coast Science Hub envision that these initial events will be just the start of strong presence of science outreach and engagement activities across the Central Coast in the future.
Follow the Science Hub on Facebook for more information.
Feature image shows physical and ecological sampling at Stockton Beach to determine the impacts of beach nourishment. Sampling includes coring for invertebrates, sand profiles and beach elevation. Photo Credit: Dr Tim Smith, University of Newcastle. The Central Coast Science Hub is supported by Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week.