National Science Week has been very popular in Tasmania with almost 100 events all over the state and thousands participating.
This year, the Young Tassie Scientists, or STARs, celebrated 10 years of National Science Week. They visited over 50 schools reaching hundreds of students, some in remote regional areas, with unique talks and demonstrations. They also gave quite a few radio interviews and even blew some things up! All in the name of science of course.
Just before National Science Week officially kicked off, world renowned physicist Lawrence Krauss lectured to a packed theatre at UTas and the following night at Science in the Pub, it was standing room only. At QVMAG in Launceston, there were over 300 people at Be a Scientist, an event where staff gave insight into careers in science.
Last Thursday, 120 people vied for seats at the free screening of eco-documentary A Thousand Invisible Cords creating the need for a second showing on the 23rd. Some tickets are still remaining but bookings are essential.
Friday, we have National Numeracy Ambassador Simon Pampena bringing maths to the masses with his comedy show, The Fame Algorithm. What’s the secret to fame and fortune? Looks? Talent? Opportunity? Not anymore. In today’s world you need to know MATHS. Pampena takes the guesswork out of modern fame with his own formula for success, and demonstrates that even simple maths can explain world-wide success!
Sunday, the University of Tasmania is having an Open Day state-wide including a Science Talent Search (except for Cradle Coast Campus) and a talk on Tasmanian Devil Conservation . Check out the UTAS website for downloadable programs. The Australian Maritime College and the Mt Pleasant Observatory also have open days.