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A free Science Fair being hosted by The Edge at the State Library on Saturday 23 June will set science free from the lab to go bubbling and crawling into the public domain.

This is science as we rarely see it, with more than 50 free activities on show. Yes, you can sample the micro-organisms in your belly-button and watch them grow. Yes, you can make a bio-fuelled volcano and watch it erupt. Yes, you can turn a potato into a battery, play music on fruit and veggies, or even fashion a unique piece of jewellery from plant samples.

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The Science Fair is part of a bigger program being coordinated by Dr Cameron Wilson, who is currently a 'science catalyst' at The Edge (which is the State Library's experimental digital culture centre).

The good doctor's job is to bring science to life in a creative and intriguing way, and the Science Fair is one of the major events during his stint at The Edge.

Running from 1pm to 7.30pm, it sounds great for everybody from families to self-professed nerds. Personally, I'm keen to try my hand at using molecular gastronomy to make a sorbet, and to race a craft in the yeast-powered boat derby.

If you're the organised type, you can also attend workshops at 1pm and 3pm on either taking fashion photos with a microscope, or growing your own cellulose textile from scratch (groovy!).

And if too much science isn't enough, you can also stay on after dark for a Mad Scientist Tea Party (tickets for this bit are $10).

With a strong focus on young people, The Edge tends to go under the radar for lots of other Brisvegans.

This is a shame, because it does heaps of really interesting activities that I think would appeal to people of all ages. The Science Fair is a great chance to visit The Edge and see what they get up to there.

Start cultivating that belly-button fluff now...
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Why? For science roaming free
When: 1-7.30pm, Saturday 23 June
Phone: 3840 7884
Where: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, South Bank
Cost: Free
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