Australian Capital Territory: Your National Science Week Planned

  Last updated August 20, 2018 at 2:05 pm

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Our daily guide for National Science Week in Australian Capital Territory.



It’s that time of year to get your science on – it’s National Science Week, the best week of the year for science-lovers.


There are thousands of events happening around Australia, but there’s no need to worry – we have the perfect National Science Week plan for the ACT.


National Science Week officially runs from 11 – 19 August.


Saturday 11 August


Science in ACTion


Come and experience real life Science in ACTion! This interactive science fair is a free event for science enthusiasts of all ages. Over 50 stallholders from local STEM organisations will be there to engage you with hands on activities that showcase how science is used every day in their work. Highlights include structures made from mushrooms, and knit your own neuron.


Where: Old Bus Depot, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston


When: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Tickets: No booking required


More information: scienceweek.net.au/science-in-action-community-day


 


Sunday 12 August


Mt. Stromlo Observatory Site Tour


Take a walking tour of the Mount Stromlo Observatory and learn about one of Canberra’s oldest sites. Mount Stromlo Observatory has been carrying out astronomical observations for over 100 years and, prior to the 2003 firestorm, had grown from a small outpost of pioneering astronomers to one of the great observatories of the world. Pack a hat and a jacket, most of the tour is outdoors!


Where: Mount Stromlo Observatory, via Cotter Road, Weston Creek


When: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM


Tickets: $5.59, eventbrite.com.au/e/mt-stromlo-observatory-site-tour-tickets-42408335473


More information: scienceweek.net.au/mt-stromlo-observatory-site-tour


 


Monday 13 August


The Writing of Science


Professor Joan Leach from the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU discusses the importance of science communication, gives some examples of great science communication and science writing, and describes the impact of bad writing and communication on public understanding of, and engagement with science and scientists.


Where: Woden Library, Corinna Street, Phillip


When: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Tickets: free, bookings essential, eventbrite.com.au/e/the-writing-of-science-adults-16-woden-library-tickets-47155748112


More information: scienceweek.net.au/the-writing-of-science-woden-library


 


Tuesday 14 August


ABC Canberra Drive presents ‘Back to the Future’


Laura Tchilinguirian’s Drive program on ABC radio regularly unpacks the truths and inventive fabrications in films in Sci-Fi vs Reality with ANU astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker. Join them for a screening of the absolute best time-travel movie of all time, along with a post-film discussion.


Where: Arc Cinema, McCoy Circuit, Acton


When: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Tickets: free, bookings essential, shop.nfsa.gov.au/14Aug-BTTF


More information: scienceweek.net.au/abc-canberra-drive-presents-back-to-the-future


 


Wednesday 15 August


Indigenous Science Conversations


Join Indigenous researchers and advisors of the National Environmental Science Program at Questacon in Canberra for a conversation on Indigenous scientific knowledge and practice.


Where: Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes


When: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, and 5:45 PM – 8:30 PM


Tickets: free, bookings essential, eventbrite.com.au/e/indigenous-science-conversations-in-national-science-week-tickets-47651957287


More information: scienceweek.net.au/indigenous-science-conversations-session-1


 


Thursday 16 August


Mission to Space


What do you know about the space program? What is an orbit? How fast does something have to go to get into space and stay there? Join us as we explore basic concepts of space exploration and build our own LEGO® International Space Station! Simple and advanced building options are available depending on the skill of the participant. For children aged 7 and over.


Where: Belconnen Library, 12 Chandler Street, Belconnen


When: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


Tickets: free, no bookings required, library.customerinfo@act.gov.au


More information: scienceweek.net.au/mission-to-space-belconnen-library


 


Friday 17 August


Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking


Join Albert, the genius behind the übercoolest moustache in science, for a lecture like none you’ve ever attended. The eccentric theoretical physicist is accompanied by his two wives and mum on the piano, and by guest rapper MC Squared, as he quantum leaps us through two world wars, two theories of relativity, and the deployment of two very big bombs. Warning: features the wurst sausage joke ever.


Where: Japan Theatre, Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes


When: 6:00PM – 7:00PM


Tickets: $13.75, eventbrite.com.au/e/albert-einstein-relativitively-speaking-tickets-47005136629


More information: scienceweek.net.au/albert-einstein-relativitively-speaking


 


Saturday 18 August


The Art and Chemistry of Egyptian Mummification


In recent years, the application of modern science has enabled us to literally see beneath the wrappings of Egyptian mummies. This public lecture discusses in details how ancient Egyptians used chemistry to preserve their dead in a unique mummification way.


Where: Ian Harding Conference Theatre, Building 24, 11 Kirinari Street, University of Canberra, Bruce


When: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM


Tickets: $5, raci.org.au/events/event/raci-act-branch-public-lecture


More information: scienceweek.net.au/the-art-and-chemistry-of-egyptian-mummification


 


Sunday 19 August


Game Plus Fest


Game Plus Fest is a celebration of game development and STEM. You’ll find stalls showcasing the work of game and STEM businesses in Canberra, plus short, focused, practical talks and workshops. We’re combining with the AIE Open Day to bring you more! Discover STEM, games, gamification, VR, AR and more – even learn how to make games yourself!


Where: B Block, Canberra Technology Park, 49 Philip Avenue, Watson


When: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Tickets: No booking required


More information: scienceweek.net.au/game-plus-fest-national-science-week


 


Want to be part of National Science Week, anytime, anywhere? Check out SCINEMA International Science Film Festival – host your own screening or find a local screening.




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Ben Lewis is the Editor of Australia’s Science Channel, and a contributor to Cosmos Magazine. He has worked with scientists and science storytellers including Brian Cox, Chris Hadfield, Robert Llewellyn, astronauts, elite athletes, Antarctic explorers, chefs and comedians. Ben has also been involved in public events around Australia and was co-writer, producer and director of The Science of Doctor Who, which toured nationally in 2014 in association with BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand. Want more Ben? You can hear him on ABC and commercial radio in Adelaide, regional SA, across NSW, and the ACT. He also speaks at universities around Australia on communicating science to the public. Around the office he makes the worst jokes known to mankind.

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