Community members across New South Wales will have dozens of opportunities to meet scientists and be inspired by cutting edge research in the final weekend of National Science Week from 18-19 August 2018. Inspiring Australia’s Regional Science Hub partners have developed a number of large scale festivals and events across the state including in Wagga, Bega, Wollongong, in the Blue Mountains, on the Central Coast, Newcastle, Dungog, Cowra, Orange, Bellingen, Lismore and Armidale.
Head to the library on 18 and 19 August for The Riverina Science Festival. There’s a Kitchen Story time for kids and RoboDay will transform the Wagga Civic Centre, allowing you to get up close and personal with robots of all shapes and sizes. Experience Robot Catwalk, Robot Petting Zoo, 3D Print Hub, Virtual Reality, the Ground-Based Robot Room or attend one of our many talks or coding workshops. digital projection is a celebration of all things robotic! A glorious animation from local artist Alice Peacock will celebrate emerging technologies highlighted throughout the festival, including drones, 3D printing, virtual reality and humanoid robots.
The Bega Commemoartive Hall is the hub for an interactive Tech Expo, part of the Bega Valley Science Festival running throughout National Science Week that gives locals the chance to try out 3D printing, robotics, drones and electronic music making. There are also all kinds of field activities offered by partners in the Sapphire Coast Science Hub.
The Illawarra Flame Festival on Sunday 19 August is a family friendly event that looks at how flame affects our environment. There will be live music, performances, science shows, stalls and presentations by ecologists, physicists and environmental scientists plus 3D printing workshops and much more. Great for the whole family, and completely free!
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden presents a trip through time to the ancient land of Gondwana for a fantastic family day of hands-on science fun at the Blue Mountains on Saturday 18 August Botanic Garden – entry is free! Take a trip through time to the ancient land of Gondwana for a fantastic family day of hands-on science fun at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden! Enjoy interactive chats with botanists from the Herbarium. Hunt for Australian Virtual Reality dinosaurs and megafauna in the Garden with the Jurassic Garden app. Watch reptile & dinosaur shows and learn about furry animals, frogs & tadpoles.
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. As well as a science-themed an art exhibition at Erian Fair, there’s a guided Clean4Shore walk looking at the removal of rubbish from waterways across the Central Coast on Saturday 18 August and a Rockshore Ramble the next day.
The Hunter Region will be alive with science events and activities for the whole community in National Science Week. A full day of entertainment is on the bill on Saturday 18 August with a free Mini-Electric Vehicle Challenge followed by hands on activities and talks at the University of Newcastle. The whole community can enjoy a fun day of science at Newcastle Museum the next day on Sunday 19 August – all for free.
After a fullweekend of activities at the James Theatre on 11-12 August, the Patterson Allyn Williams Science Hub invite everyone to participate in a koala hunt on 18-19 August in the Upper Allyn River area. The survey is being conducted by the National Parks Association of NSW (Hunter Branch). The weekend hunt provides an opportunity to visit and learn about this beautiful area, generate important scientific data, have fun in the bush, and help with the campaign to have the area protected as part of the adjacent Barrington Tops National Park. Come for one day or the whole weekend. Free camping at the Allyn River too!
Cowra and Orange
Enjoy SCINEMA documentary film screenings in Cowra and Orange and learn about local collaborations between scientists, environmental agencies and the community through a series of 3-minute vodcasts developed for National Science Week with support from Inspiring Australia. There are also hands on activities presented at Orange Regional Musuem.
The Coffs Coast Science Hub invite everyone to attend Water! This event provides a chance to experience citizen science in action. Find out what we need to do to help look after our rivers at a community water testing event on Sunday 19 August from 10am – 1pm at the beautiful Bellinger River. Participants will get hands-on with water testing in an all ages workshop run by a water quality expert. If you are using river water for drinking, bring a sample of your drinking water for the OzGREEN team to test for Faecal coliform.
The celebrated Art Vs science Festival returns on Saturday 18 August with an eclectic line up of thought-provoking discussions on innovative arts/science ideas in the Bright Ideas space at the Quad. There’s so much to enjoy, from installations and exhibitions presented by some of the region’s foremost artists to daytime astronomy and ideas. Sculpted for your enlightenment, the Arts Vs Science Festival has found the equation for success: interactive science and arts workshops in the Science Lab, tmarket, and live music. Don’t miss the free Arts Vs Science Festival thatbrings together artists and scientists (and everyone in between) from some of the region’s leading education, research and action institutions.
On 25 August, find out why things are not as they seem in the Night of Illusions! Baffle your senses with an evening of tactile and visual illusions. Watch static images move and twist before your very own eyes. Feel your body change size and shape. Immerse yourself in the bizarre sensory world of animals in which perception determines your fate. We invite you to step into a realm that will challenge your assumptions and mess with your perceived reality. Trust us – you will never see the world the same again!
All of these events are supported with grant funds by Inspiring Australia. To find a regional event in your area head to the National Science Week website at www.scienceweek.net.au