Northern Territory: Your National Science Week Planned

  Last updated October 25, 2018 at 1:23 pm

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Our daily guide for National Science Week in the Northern Territory.



It’s the country’s greatest celebration of all things science – National Science Week!


But it can be pretty difficult to navigate the thousands of events happened around Australia. That’s why we have the perfect National Science Week plan for the Northern Territory.


National Science Week officially runs from 11 – 19 August.


Saturday 11 August


Garden To Plate


Delve into deliciousness as three presenters reveal three different sides of food: Exploring Bush Foods with Rayleen Brown (Kungka’s Can Cook); The Science of Gardening with Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia); and Growing Healthy & Disease Free Plants with Dr Karen Barry (University of Tasmania).


Hang around afterwards for the free August Garden Social from 5:00pm to 7.00 pm. Join us for pizza, warm fires, and good conversations in the beautiful community garden.


Where: Alice Springs Community Garden, Frances Smith Memorial Park, Burke Street, East Side


When: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Tickets: $15 + BF, $20 on the door, events.humanitix.com.au/garden-to-plate


More information: scienceweek.net.au/garden-to-plate


 


Sunday 12 August


Pathetic Fallacy by Anita Rochon


Using a temperamental broadcast media green screen, Pathetic Fallacy takes on our changing relationship to weather. Fusing raw fantasy with research into classical art, small talk, forecasting and how storms get named, Pathetic Fallacy is both factual and personal.


Each performance, a different local stand-in takes on the central role in a curious and hopeful work that draws a line between ancient weather gods and present-day conundrums.


Where: Brown’s Mart Theatre, Crnr Smith Street & Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin


When: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Tickets: Full price $36, concession $32, via Darwin Festival darwinfestival.org.au/events/pathetic-fallacy


More information: scienceweek.net.au/pathetic-fallacy-by-anita-rochon-the-chop


 


Monday 13 August


What: NASA Scientists – Searching for life on other worlds


Two NASA scientists are on a mission to find life out there. Hear from Dr Megan Shabram who is using the TESS satellite to find worlds outside our Solar System, and Dr Alexandre Kling who examins atmospheres on other planets to see if life could be living there.


Where: Palmerston Recreation Centre, 11 The Boulevard, Palmerston


When: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM


Tickets: free, no bookings required


More information: scienceweek.net.au/nasa-scientists-searching-for-life-on-other-worlds-2


 


Tuesday 14 August


HealthLAB at Parliament House


HealthLAB will bring modern technology to Parliament House to show the public what’s under their skin and give them an opportunity to take and understand their own health measurements. This includes measurements of smoke exposure, upper and lower muscle strength, fat vs muscle percentage and more.


Where: Parliament House, Mitchell Street, Darwin,


When: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Tickets: free, no bookings required


More information: scienceweek.net.au/healthlab-at-parliament-house


 


Wednesday 15 August


What: Star Gazing with Astronomer Geoff Carr


Join astronomer Geoff Carr for a laser-guided tour of the beautiful night sky. See constellations, look through powerful telescopes at planets, spy our nearest star (apart from the Sun), and peek into a neighbouring galaxy.


Where: Casuarina Library (courtyard), 17 Bradshaw Terrace, Casuarina


When: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Tickets: 08 8930 0200


More information: scienceweek.net.au/star-gazing-with-astronomer-geoff-carr


 


Thursday 16 August


Pivot


Festival Park becomes a playground for adults with Pivot, a collection of semi-intelligent seesaws. Join in this live art conversation kick-starter that connects you with other Festival goers in a philosophical tête-à-tête mediated by a talking seesaw. As you enjoy the rare opportunity to ride, speak and listen, remember that Pivot is programmed to consider all words it hears – so it’s reflecting your own views, and the views of many others. While global democracy teeters towards ever more dangerous farce, rejoice in the safe absurdity of a seesaw ride.


Where: Festival Park, Cnr Smith Street & Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin


When: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Tickets: free, no booking required


More information: scienceweek.net.au/pivot


 


Friday 17 August


Wildlife Workshop with Bush Tales: Nighcliff


Kids and adults alike will get to meet native snakes, lizards, birds and more in this interactive presentation. The primary outcome for Bush Tales is to educate the future generation and engage them in the unique biology of this land.


Where: The Lucky Bat Café, 3/7 Pavonia Place, Nighcliff


When: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM


Tickets: free, bushtales@outlook.com


More information: scienceweek.net.au/wildlife-workshop-with-bush-tales-nighcliff


 


Saturday 18 August


What: Megafauna: in the shadow of great beasts – Kids club


Join Barking Spider Visual Theatre for a unique and captivating shadow puppetry installation that will bring to life the stories of the ancient megafauna that once roamed throughout Central Australia over 6 million years ago. Sound and the artistry of shadow will enchant audiences in this spectacular installation, Megafauna: In the shadow of great beasts.


Where: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, 19 Conacher Street, Darwin


When: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Tickets: free, eventbrite.com.au/e/megafauna-in-the-shadow-of-great-beasts-tickets-48320453778


More information: scienceweek.net.au/megafauna-in-the-shadow-of-great-beasts-kids-club


 


Sunday 19 August


What: Outback Water Project


The project is on-going through National Science Week and beyond. We encourage citizen scientists to collect water samples from central Australian waterholes via packs available at the Visitor Information Centre in Alice Springs whenever they’re out and about exploring central Australia in 2018.


Where: Visitor Information Centre, Parsons Street & Todd Mall, Alice Springs


When: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Tickets: free, no bookings required


More information: scienceweek.net.au/outback-water-project


 


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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