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National Science Week 2015

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Getting into Science
Science Week

You don't have to be a nerd to get a kick out of it.

You don't have to be a scientist to get a buzz out of it.

You don't have to be an Einstein to get it at all!

National Science Week is the annual celebration of all things 'science' – and it's for everyone! (Not just the nerds, the scientists or the Einsteins among us . . .)

Making Waves - the science of light

This year, with the theme Making waves – the science of light (based on the International Year of Light), you'll find lots of activities related to light, but if light's not your thing, don't worry – there's a host of other activities to keep you interested.

South Australia has a proud history of scientific and technological innovation. It's the aim of National Science Week to not only celebrate these achievements, but to awaken the scientist in us all and encourage more of us to study science, technology and maths-based subjects, then pursue careers in these fields.

There are events in the program designed for kindy kids – nothing like getting an early start – and you'll even find events at five AFL footy matches.

Program of events

The local National Science Week committee has collated a fabulous program of events from around the state – so keep an eye out for the brochure at your local library, school, information centre, cafι – anywhere, really.

National Science Week
Look for the National Science Week brochure


And, there are even more fabulous events featured on the website www.scienceweek.net.au. Just add SA or Adelaide to the location and you're set for some great entertainment.

South Australia has always had a fantastic commitment to Science Week – we really need a Science Month instead! In fact, there are over twenty events listed on the website and more in the brochure, that happen before Science Week even starts on 15 August.

It's impossible to list the myriad events here, but with whetted appetites, these two sources will have you wishing there were more days in Science Week.

Best of all, many of the events are FREE.

Chris Hadfield live on stage: A Spaceman's view of the planet

Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield - a day on the Space Station


Famed astronaut, New York Times-bestselling author and YouTube sensation Colonel Chris Hadfield has lived a life most can only live vicariously. A Spaceman's View of the Planet takes you on a journey to the International
Space Station where his daily life
 was dedicated to countless scientific experiments, studying the universe, testing spaceship design and monitoring the human body's reaction to weightlessness – ultimately to enable mankind to travel into deep space. In a thought-provoking interview with veteran journalist Ray Martin, follow Chris Hadfield's journey from boyhood to spaceman and hear his views on the Earth, climate, mankind and exploration itself.

Tuesday 11 August 8pm
 Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Cost and booking details: www.lateralevents.com

ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year

The ANZANG is Australia's most prestigious nature photographer competition.

Saturday 1 – Sunday 30 August 10am – 5pm SA Museum. Entry to museum is free: a fee applies to the exhibition

Unweaving the rainbow

How can science help us see the beauty in the natural world? Join Isaac Newton, John Keats and friends on an interactive journey through the Museum as they explore the science behind one of nature's most breathtaking displays of colour and light – the rainbow.

Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 August 10:30am – 2:30pm SA Museum. Free

Kids Navigate Neuroscience

Children aged 6-12 will explore how the brain and nervous system work in a fun, hands-on way by participating in and judging a series of interactive neuroscience exhibits created by faculty members and health science/medical students at the University of Adelaide. Kids collect stamps in their 'Passport to the Brain' and work towards an official 'Brain in Training' certificate.

Saturday 15 August 10am – 2pm
 Medical School, University of Adelaide. Free, but registration essential at www.eventbrite.com

Treasure Hunt for Nature

Three Treasure Trail options: Nature Friendly (approx. 1-2hrs), Nature Challenging (approx. 3-4hrs) and Nature Geocaching (approx. 3-4hr). This inaugural Treasure Hunt for Nature around the River Torrens and Adelaide environs will raise funds to help Nature Foundation SA save, protect and restore SA's landscapes and species. As a bonus, all trails are bicycle friendly.

Sunday 16 August 10am – noon and finish 4pm Elder Park. Register at www.naturefoundation.org.au

Vision, Light and Colour

Always a popular one – this is the fifth annual ANZ Forensic Science Society's free National Science Week event. David Malin, an authority on cosmic photography, will present a richly illustrated and mostly non-technical talk revealing some little-known aspects of light. The presentation will be of general interest but also relevant to police and forensic imaging and the reliability of eyewitness evidence.

Tuesday 18 August 7pm – 9pm
 German Club, Upstairs Room, 223 Flinders St, Adelaide. Free

Night lab: the hidden science of light

Science Week Nightlab
Nights at the Museum


Curious about what happens at the South Australian Museum after dark? Venture in for an evening of science and culture and the South Australian Museum will shine a light on astronomy and photography.

Fri 21 August 6pm –10pm
 South Australian Museum. $35 pp,

Sharks!

This is an opportunity to glimpse into the fascinating lives of sharks and their cousins, the rays. Join Alex Gault as she talks about the biology, diversity, conservation and habitat of sharks, many species of which are threatened by human activity. Sharks range in size from a dwarf species, only 17cm long, to the whale shark, the largest fish in the world at a staggering 12 metres. Alex will bring along some shark and ray specimens for handling.

This event is aimed at young people and is organised by the fabulous Bright Sparks Science Club.

Brightsparks
Look for other Brightsparks events


Friday 21 August 7pm – 8pm
 Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus. Free

Hop into Science: Roboroo Open Day.

Roboroos
Getting into Robots with RoboRoos


RoboRoos is a community-based club for secondary school students interested in learning how to build robots. Open Day will showcase award winning robots with fun 'come and try' activities, including the Frisbee throwing sporty robot. The newest robot can carry stacks of crates and pool noodles, proving that cleaning up can be fun with robot help! If you're over ten, you can join an electronics training session and build your own flashing RoboRoos badge.
Sunday 23 August 10.30am – 3.30pm 22 Leeds St, Wingfield. Free

Citizen Science

Galaxy explorers
Your help is needed!


And, on a broader scale, there's Citizen Science.

Calling citizens of Earth – citizen scientists are needed to sign up and help astronomers classify over 200,000 images of galaxies that are 800 million to 4 billion light years away.

Take part and you could win a wi-fi telescope.

Go to https://www.galaxyexplorer.net.au and do your bit for the galaxy!

And, to make your Science Week event searching that little bit easier, look for this sign at Science Week venues.

Science Week venues
Look for this sign!


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Why? To tempt and satisfy the biggest science appetite
When: 15 - 23 August
Where: Across Adelaide and South Australia
Cost: Many free events
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