Riverina Science Festival

Riverina Science Hub is proud to announce some of the highlights of this year’s Riverina Science Festival, running from August 14 – 21. Events range from classes in scientific drawing to an at-home Virtual Reality experience.

Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi, from Charles Sturt University, will run two classes in scientific drawing on Saturday August 14th, at 10am and 2pm.

As a scientist and an artist, Shokoofeh specialises in capturing the morphological features of parasites. Her unique combination of skills allows her to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for parasitology through illustration.

Participants in this class will create a portrait of a nematode while learning about the science of the specimen captured under their microscope.

Teach the teacher workshop

The library invites Riverina primary school teachers and home-school parents to attend ‘Teach the Teacher’, on Thursday August 19th at 5pm. ‘Teach the Teacher’ is a workshop run by Celia Connor, who lectures in biology and environmental sciences at Charles Sturt University.

Celia is passionate about promoting equality and access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) learning in regional schools. Participants will learn practical tips to bring STEM to life for primary school students, as Celia shares her experience using microscopes to engage and explore science through hands-on learning.

Celia says, “We are hoping to break the glass ceiling that exists for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and female students, who may not always envision themselves in science-related careers.”

‘Teach the Teacher’ is free to attend, and light refreshments will be provided, but places are limited, so bookings are essential. Microscopia!  Is an exhibition of the photographs taken ‘under the microscope’ by students from Humula, Tarcutta and Uranquinty Public Schools and will be on show at Wagga Wagga City Library from 14 August – 3 September

For bookings, more information and many other events in the Riverina Science Festival, visit the website or phone 6926 9700.