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.
Liquid Nitrogen Show with Rusty the Robot Copyright Australian Museum
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.
A child confronting a 'dinosaur' Copyright Australian Museum
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.
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!