Today is the last day of National Science Week for 2017. And what an amazing supersized week it has been. But what’s that? You still want more? Your appetite for science has only been amplified by the great things you have seen, heard, tasted, touched and experienced this week?
There are still diverse activities happening around the country today. And, lucky for you, the event listings on this website still presents opportunities to engage with science for the rest of August.
There are lots of talks, exhibitions and installations that will keep your science habit ticking over such as:
- An Art-meets-Science Exhibition in the Ecosciences Precinct, Dutton Park, QLD
- A presentation on Sustainable Housing in Cold and Temperate Climates at QVMAG in Launceston, Tasmania
- An opportunity to visit the unique specialist labs at a Discovery Day @the National Measurement Institute in North Ryde, NSW
- The Ballarat International Foto Biennale – A Field Guide to the Stars, a group exhibition that explores how space might be understood through photomedia.
Through the Inspiring Australia National Framework – Local Action approach, there is a person in each state and territory dedicated to encouraging communities to create, collaborate, curate and participate in public science engagement opportunities throughout the whole year. You can find contact details for the Inspiring Australia State and Territory Managers here.
Through this framework there are also Inspiring Australia regional science hubs dotted around the country that bring science engagement opportunities to their local community all year round, focussing on the fascinating science happening around the regions. (Again, contact the Inspiring Australia State and Territory Managers to find out more about what is happening in your region.) Some events coming up include:
- Nature’s Smoking Gun, a STEM@Fleurieu Science in the Pub event on the beautiful Fleurieu Penninsula in SA, 29 August, and
- The Wheatbelt Science Hub in WA is launching the Wheatbelt Science Trail on 30 & 31 August, a celebration of interesting and important sites across the Wheatbelt that are just waiting for you to explore.
Also hot off the presses for those parents, teachers or students who are looking for engaging STEM opportunities, this week the Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia launched the STARportal. The STARportal is a searchable national portal that makes the connections to STEM learning activities that inspire young people to explore, discover, and create.
And don’t forget the online projects and competitions you can participate in from the comfort of your own home, including:
- Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey is open until 25 August
- Tooth Fairy Project 2 NDK
- CSI activities to do at home
- Constable Kenny Koala STEM Colouring-In Competition
- Australian Federal Police Forensic Science Challenge
- The Pantry Blitz 2017
So as we reflect on a fantastic 2017 National Science Week – don’t be too sad it is almost over, there is still so much more to do!