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Perth Science Festival 2014

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by Judith W (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. Having 2 young kids with endless energy, we are always on the lookout for new outdoor activities.
A free family-friendly one day event not to be missed
I always find it a bit intriguing that lots of kids don't like science as a subject at school and yet love visiting Scitech and other science-related exhibition. Perhaps science teachers are not fun enough? Or interacting with science is vastly more interesting than passively listening to or reading about loads of scientific information?

Whatever the reason, this one day event at the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday, 16 August 2014 is definitely not something you want to miss. This is your chance to spark your kids' interest in science, to let them perhaps learn a bit while having fun, and who knows, you yourself might learn a thing or two as well.

The day promises to bring lots of actions, including explosive science shows (I have a feeling this is not meant figuratively), hands-on science activities and displays, animal display, scientific programs on the big screen, and more.

Every hour on the hour from 10am to 2pm there will be a Tunnel Tour, a simulated underground mine experience that includes real-life equipment and infrastructure.

REmida Creative Reuse Centre will host a construction area for us to create our own wheeled sculpture which is then put to the test: Will your creation be able to really move, or are those wheels just for decoration?

And the live scientific entertainment will be staged from 10am to 6pm with the schedule as follow:
10:00am: Backyard Big Shots
10:30am: Science Poetry
11:00am: Official Launch
11:30am: Scitech Good Vibrations
12:00pm: In the steps of Shackleton Tim Jarvis
12:45pm: Culinary Science with Emma Donnelly
1.00pm: Sounds Symbols and Science (at PICA)
1:15pm: Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia
2.00pm: Scitech Super Cool show
2:30pm: The Buzz on Bees
3:15pm: Bizircus Show
4:30pm: Rocket Man Launch
5:30pm: Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art Science Show

From 6 to 7pm, to complete a glorious day full of science, there will be the Kerbal Space Program computer game on the super screen, led by the physicist, comedian and astronaut candidate Josh Richards. If you don't think one hour is enough to complete your mission of building and flying your spaceship (and possibly landing it on the Moon or Mars), not to worry. Josh will be back on 21, 22 & 23 Aug, same time (6pm), same place (Perth Cultural Centre Super Screen, in front of the State Library of WA) so you can join him again to play the Kerbal Space Program game.

Perth Science Festial is held to celebrate National Science Week which falls on 16 to 24 August this year. What away to kick off the Science Week with a bang.
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Why? Learn something while having fun
When: Saturday, 16 Aug, 10am to 7pm
Where: Perth Cultural Centre, James St, Northbridge.
Cost: Free.
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