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Physics Observatory Summer Program at The Cube

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Explore and engage with physics at The Cube
Have you been wondering where you will take the children these school holidays? Well worry no more for The Cube at QUT is hosting an amazing free summer holiday program at the Physics Observatory for children from the age of three to twelve. If only I were a child again in this super-fast technology age!

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Oh, to be a child again in this technological age (Photo courtesy of The Cube, QUT)


Situated in QUT's Science and Engineering Centre, The Cube is the world's largest digital interactive learning space - a hub for scientific and digital exploration. Apart from showcasing work by QUT's researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), The Cube is a great place for the public to engage with interesting STEM projects.

The Physics Observatory summer holiday program will be running daily 10.00am to 4.00pm from the 6th to 15th January 2017. Young minds and their families will have the opportunity to explore, experiment and engage with physics.

The program will include:

Physics Observatory. Kids can learn all about the world's great physicists and their experiments on the biggest of interactive screens. People like Tesla who has captivated me from the day I first read about his amazing mind and inventions. Children will be able to play with gravity, electricity and light to discover the key principles of physics.

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Physics and Paper Planes (Photo Courtesy of The Cube, QUT)


Paper Planes. Children, especially boys, have always loved flying planes and run all around the yard imagining the flight route the plane is taking under their direction. What they do not know is that physics affects the flight from the gravitational forces, aerodynamic lift to the air drag. This hands-on program will start with the children folding their planes and then watching how high, fast and far they can fly.

Ball Run. Have you ever wondered what speed, energy and motion have in common? You guessed it – physics. Children will take up the challenge of designing a ball run using tubes and everyday materials while estimating how far his or her ball can travel.

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Ball Run (Photo Courtesy of The Cube QUT)


Physics Wiz Treasure Hunt. Grab a treasure map and search for all the hidden elements inside the Physics Observatory. When you find all the answers, you will receive a sticker.

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Photo Courtesy of The Cube, QUT


Little big Shots. Australia's major annual and travelling children film festival called Little Big Shots has created a special fun-filled science program for The Cube's summer program. It will feature the best local and international shorts and animations. This will be a perfect event for both adults and children of all ages. Little Big Shots is proudly supported by The City of Melbourne, Screen Australia, InkTip, Film Victoria and The Picture Mill.

Minute Physics. Is a cool way to teach children, or anyone for that matter, physics in minutes via time-lapsed drawings. From my experience, sitting in a classroom with the droning voice of a teacher is not conducive to an exciting learning session, yet when you see it in a rapid visual drawing it is much more captivating to the audience. This program is best suited for children eight to twelve years.

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SpaceFlight (Photo Courtesy of The Cube QUT)



Physics Fun Day. On Saturday 7th January 2017, the holiday program will expand to include other physics fun including hula hooping, a 3D space flight simulator game, live Street Science demonstrations and Physics 101 workshops.

The Cube is situated at the Science and Engineering Centre at the Gardens Point Campus in the city of Brisbane. Trains and buses run into the city; however, if you prefer to drive parking is available under the Science and Engineering Centre (P Block) which costs approximately $20.00 for five hours.

There is an activity here to suit every child and his or her family and the best part is no bookings are required, you can just drop in anytime. Being air-conditioned, it's the perfect activity on a hit summer's day. The only thing The Cube asks is that you supervise your children at all times. If you are wanting to read more about this fantastic event, please click here,
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Why? Great educational fun for the kids
When: 6-15 January 2017
Phone: 07 3138 5495
Where: Garden Point Campus
Cost: Free
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