It's time to celebrate all things science during National Science Week. Held this year between August 11-19, National Science Week is Australia's annual celebration of science and technology, acknowledging the wonderful contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge, encouraging interest in science pursuits among the general public, and encouraging young people to be fascinated by the world we live in.
There are so many exciting events happening during National Science Week in Canberra, including:
1. Dr Graham's Explosion Tamer at Gungahlin and Erindale Libraries. Join Dr Graham as he tames wild explosions, wrangles fire-bubbles, creates unusual vehicles, and performs awe-inspiring feats of boom-tastic curiosity! For kids aged 7 and above. This is a FREE event. Dr Graham will be at Gungahlin Library August 8 from 4-5.30pm and August 14 at Erindale Library from 4-5.30pm.
2. Science in Action Community Day on August 11 from 10am-4pmThis is a FREE community event for all science enthusiasts. Held at the Old Bus Dept, Kingston, over 50 stallholders from local organisations will be there to engage you with hands-on activities that showcase how science is used every day in their work.
3. Back to the Future film screening, on Tuesday, August 14 2018. 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive. Watch the classic film 'Back to the Future' and join in a post-film discussion with ABC Canberra Drive radio presenters on unpacking the science behind the movie. This is a free event but bookings are essential.
4. Mission to Space at Woden and Belconnen Libraries. On August 16 (Belconnen) and August 17 (Woden) from 3.30pm-5.00pm, explore basic concepts of space exploration and build a LEGO international space station. Free for kids aged 7 and above. Bookings call 02 6205 9000.
5. Science Fair at Emmaeus Christian School On Thursday, August 16 2018. 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A free science fair open to the community. Classes will be preparing group experiments around a physics theme. Come and see how science is being taught in our schools! Emmaeus is located at 73 Davenport Street, Dickson. Details phone: 02 6247 7151.
6. The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie.
Celebrate the extraordinary life of Marie Curie, who made incredible scientific discoveries in the face of unbelievable odds.
Thursday, August 16 till Saturday, August 18 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Japan Theatre, Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Tickets are $12 each. To book call 0420 507 374, email firstname.lastname@example.org or gohere.
7. Learn about the art and chemistry of Egyptian Mummification. Held on Saturday, August 18 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Ian Harding Conference Theatre, Building 24, 11 Kirinari Street, University of Canberra, Bruce.
A public lecture on how ancient Egyptians used chemistry to preserve their dead in a unique mummification way.
Cost is $5. Details phone 02 6201 2089.
And so much more! For a full program of events and activities happening in Canberra during National Science Week, go here.