Australia's annual celebration of science and technology, National Science Week runs every year in August (15-23 Aug 2020) and features more than 1000 events around Australia. With travel restrictions and physical distancing, not to mention lockdowns in place, this year live events will be held online and many activities will be able to be done at home by adults, kids and family groups.
REGISTER now for the launch of National Science Week and a special Science Saving Lives Forum. It's a free public webcast on Friday 14 August (11am-12.30pm AEST) from Questacon in Canberra. Stay on after the launch and go behind the scenes of Australia's COVID response. How maths and science play a big role to help save lives, guide strategy and keep many Australians safe, will be revealed. You'll find more details on the registration page which lists all the speakers.
With most events delivered online, a series of activities have been produced to help you to get into some science at home, in a nearby park or in the backyard, depending on where you are and what your lockdown rules are. DOWNLOAD all the pdf files and build your own weather station. For your backyard bioblitz, learn to find traces and signs of animals you can find in your local environment. Get closer to flowers and see the amazing structures that attract pollinators to help them reproduce. Are you an insect person? Find out which insects are most active at night, outside of pesky mosquitoes. While you're out there, look to the skies because in August you should be able to see Jupiter, Saturn, the Southern Cross and maybe the ISS or other satellites.
If you'd like to have a talk with Dr Haghi about how to manage the fire within, join the Inflammation event on Tuesday 18 August 2020 from 6-6.30pm. It's a free event but requires REGISTRATION. It's all about fats and oils to manage the fire within. There'll be an opportunity for Q&A after the talk. If getting a good night sleep is an issue, join Dr Camilla Hoyos on Thursday 20 August 2020 from 6-6.30pm (again free but need to REGISTER) and find out the benefits of sleep that runs from your general wellbeing to healthy brain ageing and dementia prevention. Again there's time for Q&A after the talk.
Head to the website and discover individual events in your state. Schools can also source all information available on the website, which follows the school theme of Deep Blue: Innovations for the future of our oceans and features the establishment of the Blue Economy CRC. It looks at workable solutions that generate healthy oceans, healthy economies and healthy communities. There are a few ideas for school events and activities
If you're thinking of running your own event; there are no restrictions in terms of topics, audience, venue or format. All you need to do is fulfil the National Science Week objectives to promote and encourage interest in science, engineering, mathematics, technology and innovation; and communicate the relevance of them in everyday life. To find your virtual tours, webcasts, talks, DIY experiments, quizzes, citizen science and competitions, SEARCH events via your postcode. There are 150 Discovery Centres where you'll find a science bucket list of activities, including museums, observatories and more. For the curious mind with a sense of adventure, the website is where you'll find all to satiate your curiosity, and the Facebook page is great for updates.