This August, National Science Week, Australia’s annual celebration of discovery and inquiry will be upon us. It involves science and technology themed events for adults and children, running in every state and territory between August 11 and 19.
Now in its twenty-second year, the carnival attracts upwards of a million curious minds to nearly 2000 events happening in every corner of the country.
This festival is part of the Federal Government’s Inspiring Australia initiative to boost appreciation and engagement in the sciences. It also has the support of Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, and the backing of media heavyweights including the ABC and Cosmos.
Each Australian city has myriad events on the menu, and there is plenty happening in the regions, too. In the capital, Canberra, there will be free workshops to encourage girls to take up careers in the earth and marine sciences on August 15, and the STEM fields on August 18.
Also on offer will be the Mission to Space events, held at local libraries, in which children aged seven and over will be able to learn about orbits, space programs, and how objects get launched, all while helping build a LEGO model of the International Space Station.
The state of Victoria has everything from learning how to make bath bombs, to 3D printing workshops, and conducting experiments with static electricity held at libraries all over the city of Melbourne.
There are 13 venues around the state running Immersive Science II: Revealing the Invisible Universe. With astronomers Alan Duffy and Rebecca Allen for company and with the aid of a virtual reality headset, attendees will learn about how Australian scientists are making significant contributions to space research.
In the run-up to the week, South Australia has Science Alive! on August 4 and 5 at the Adelaide Showgrounds. This large science and technology expo allows interaction with native animals, features a walk-through replica of the...