When an eclectic troupe of science performers from the big smoke blew in to Ceduna on the far west coast of South Australia, they brought the house down. Now the crowd wants more, writes Clare Peddie at Cosmos Weekly.
For two years running, the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council has presented the Ceduna Science Fair, delivering tonnes of fun to the coastal community.
The talent comes direct from Adelaide, in a neat package called The Science Collective.
It’s a tantalising taste of spectacular science experiments, animal encounters, dinosaur discoveries and more. A glimpse of an alternate reality, or a vision of the future.
But for the rest of the year, the audience is starved of science. And hungry.
In early 2021, the co-ordinator of ADAC’s Youth and Wellbeing Program at Ceduna, Michelle Cholodniuk, decided she wanted to host a science fair.
She had been “looking at the connection between STEM and wellbeing” and decided a good dose of science, technology, engineering and mathematics would work wonders.
So she put a program proposal together and her CEO said yes. Then she discovered The Science Collective and the real work began, starting with sponsorship.
“Programs like the Ceduna Science Fair provide vital networks and opportunities to engage with STEM education.”
— Blair Boyer MP, South Australian Minister for Education, Training and Skills
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