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Australian Museum Science Festival 2013

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by Todd Newton (subscribe)
Published August 13th 2013
How to teach science outside of the classroom
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The Australian Museum has just played host to annual science shows on the 10th of August for National Science week.

Highlights of the festival shows included:

Jollybops Show

Armed with beakers and glass tubes, the Jolly Professor and his sidekick Rusty the Robot showed attendees how energy is produced through the interactions between chemicals and forces.

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The Jollybop professor
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Dr Rob

Dr Rob Bell who hosts Network Ten's science television show SCOPE hosted a show for kids and adults to enjoy. He conducted a range of cool experiments for audiences to admire and beam over.

Australian Museum Liquid Nitrogen Show

Attendees were shown in demonstrations of the veracity and power of liquid nitrogen. The experiments encouraged audiences to gasp and awe as the liquid nitrogen caused beakers and tubes to; spew smoke, expand the density of the chemicals, evaporate and freeze objects.

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Liquid Nitrogen Show with Rusty the Robot
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Winny the Dinosaur

Winny The Dinosaur introduced children to learn about a new world. A look into the state of prehistoric Australia. During the show; spectators were shown skeletons, fossils and a life-sized Muttaburrasaurus.

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A child confronting a 'dinosaur'
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Australian Wildlife Displays

Adults, parents and children were treated to interact with native Australian animals such as lizards and harmless snakes. The smiles that wiped across their faces as they touched the animals told a story of sheer joy.

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And unfortunately if you wanted to catch these shows, you have just missed the boat. But there's always next year.

Besides, there are many other activities to enjoy during National Science Week which will conclude on the 18th of August.

5 000 students took part in 355 activities: many including science workshops and shows.

The festival will include;

- Balloon objects.
- The opportunity to chat with museum scientists.
- Fun food.
- Face Painting and more. . .

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As part of National Science Week, the festival is formed to encourage participants to learn the kinds of science they see in the world.

Catherine Beehag, Australian Museum Science Communication Manager, believes that an understanding of science is essential for solving the challenges of modern society:

"Kids love science because it engages their natural curiosity about how things work. Encouraging this type of critical thinking is integral to tackling the big issues plaguing the world today, not to mention vital for parents who are faced with that age old question 'but why?"

So although you may have already missed some of the festival, there is plenty to see and do over the next few days. Come and be involved!
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Why? Learning Science
When: 10-18 August
Phone: 02 9320 6370
Where: Sydney
Cost: See websites for costs according to activity.
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