Western Australia: 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 Western Australia.



The best week of the year for science-lovers is on again! National Science Week is back bigger than ever before.


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 Western Australia.


National Science Week officially runs from 11 – 19 August.


Saturday 11 August


Astrophotography Workshop and Astrofest Astrophotography Floortalk


Join amateur astrophotographer Ken Lawson along with the amazing Dr John Goldsmith curator of the 2018 Astrofest Astrophotography exhibition. Ken and John will bring out the budding astrophotographer within you and talk you through the process of taking astounding photos of the night sky.


Then at 1:30pm, explore the cosmos through the eyes of talented astrophotographers in the ninth annual Astrofest Exhibition Floortalk by Dr John Goldsmith.


Where: Museum of Geraldton, 2 Museum Place, Geraldton


When: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Tickets: free, bookings required, goodness.org.au/event/astrophotography-workshop


More information: scienceweek.net.au/astrophotography-workshop-geraldton


 


Sunday 12 August


STEM From Dance Workshop with Yamilée Toussaint


Explore science, technology, engineering and maths through dance in a 2hr interactive workshop with Yamilée Toussaint, Founder & CEO of STEM From Dance. The US-based STEM From Dance program uses dance to inspire under-represented minority girls to engage in STEM and become the next generation of scientists, engineers, and techies. Workshop is for 15-25 year-olds, requiring no prior experience in either dance or STEM.


Where: Make Place, 17/38 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah


When: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Tickets: $10, eventbrite.com.au/e/stem-from-dance-workshop-with-yamilee-toussaint-tickets-47838542368


More information: scienceweek.net.au/stem-from-dance-workshop-with-yamilee-toussaint


 


Monday 13 August


Secret Spaces: Bureau of Meteorology Tour


Geraldton Meteorological Office is a weather station that is part of the Bureau of Meteorology’s national observation network. Learn how the Bureau measures rainfall, temperature and evaporation. A weather balloon release is included in the tour. Free weather information packs available.


Where: Bureau of Meteorology, Lot 101 Arthur Road, Moonyoonooka


When: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM


Tickets: free, 08 9965 5371


More information: scienceweek.net.au/secret-spaces-bureau-of-meteorology-tour-1


 


Tuesday 14 August


Ultimate Science Showdown


Join us as we put four scientists to the test in the ultimate quiz on life, the universe and just about everything. Physics versus biology, chemistry versus maths – who will come out on top? A family-friendly evening featuring audience participation.


Where: Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University, 90 South Street, Murdoch


When: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Tickets: free, bookings required, ultimatescienceshowdown.eventbrite.com.au


More information: scienceweek.net.au/ultimate-science-showdown


 


Wednesday 15 August


One Sky, Many Stories


Be transported to a starry night in outback Central Australia, through the magical combination of stories from the sky, with live acoustic music from Indigenous musician Warren H. Williams with Wyana O’Keeffe and Andie White from The Griffyn Ensemble.


Where: Midland Junction Arts Centre, Studio 3, 276 Great Eastern Highway, Midland


When: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Tickets: free, bookings@mundaringartscentre.com.au


More information: scienceweek.net.au/one-sky-many-stories-2


 


Thursday 16 August


8 Cool Ways Science Can Benefit Rural Communities


What are the red hot future career and business opportunities for rural communities?


Join our panel of academic and industry experts for a feisty debate as they explain why we should heed their advice. What will be the super cool winner (by popular vote) and how can we all benefit?


Where: Collie Senior High School Performing Arts Centre, 76 Wittenoom Street, Collie


When: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Tickets: free, bookings required, eventbrite.com.au/e/8-cool-ways-science-can-benefit-rural-communities-tickets-46787043306


More information: scienceweek.net.au/the-great-debate-8-cool-ways-science-can-benefit-rural-communities


 


Friday 17 August


NASA at CORE: Meet the Scientists


With the recent launch of the Australian Space Agency, it couldn’t be more timely to hear of the opportunities for the future of exploration of life in the Universe. Join us for breakfast to learn more about plans for the agency and hear from two NASA scientists as they share their amazing research.


Where: CORE Innovation Hub, FLUX, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth


When: 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM


Tickets: General $40, members $20, eventbrite.com.au/e/nasa-at-core-meet-the-scientists-tickets-48191985526


More information: scienceweek.net.au/nasa-at-core-meet-the-scientists


 


Disposal of the Dead Workshop


Learn all about how past cultures disposed of their dead. Undertake your own mummification and write out an Egyptian curse in Hieroglyphics! Places limited, and booking required.


Where: Mandurah Library, 331 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah


When: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM


Tickets: free, bookings required, 08 9550 3650, manlib@mandurah.wa.gov.au


More information: scienceweek.net.au/disposal-of-the-dead-workshop


 


Saturday 18 August


Perth Science Festival


The Perth Science Festival is back and it is bigger and better than ever! Experience more than 60 hands-on activities, explosive shows, roving performers, native animals, competitions and more.


Highlights include a VR experience of Antarctica, and an opportunity to meet WA Museum’s curators!


Where: Claremont Showgrounds Robinson Pavilion, 1 Graylands Road, Claremont


When: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Tickets: General $10, children under 4 free, bit.ly/2tnqsID


More information: scienceweek.net.au/perth-science-festival-2018


 


Sunday 19 August


WA Museum Discovery Zone – Build-a-Bug


Build-a-Bug at the Western Australian Museum’s Discovery Zone in the State Library, Perth. Learn how the anatomy of an insect affects its abilities and relationship to its environment by designing your very own insect.


Where: WA Museum Discovery Zone, State Library of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth


When: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Tickets: No bookings required


More information: scienceweek.net.au/wa-museum-discovery-zone-build-a-bug-2


 


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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