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Celebrate National Science Week at Australian Botanic Garden
Forget about those boring old science textbooks and experiments that never seem to work in the classroom, there is another way to learn about science. During National Science Week 2017 you can experience the fascinating world of science, the fun way, at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.
Want to pet a dinosaur? Come to Science in the Wild (Image Supplied)
Science in the Wild is a free event for all ages where you can discover the fun of science and enjoy learning about plants and animals in the outdoors. The event showcases scientists at work, fun shows, presentations and hand-on activities, plus the newest technologies from neighbouring universities.
There will be a wide range of exhibitors participating on the day plus a variety of entertaining shows including:
The crew from Nutty Scientists will arouse the curiosity of any child with a fun show covering themes of sustainable development. In this show children will learn about different types of fuel, its origins, reserves and how its uses affect the planet. The show is a combination of fun, theatre and education and incorporates the important message that we can all make a difference and look after our Planet Earth.
Learn about sustainable development with Nutty Scientists (Image Credit: Nutty Scientists)
For those interested in native animals you won't want to miss the interactive wildlife presentations from Australian Wildlife Displays who will be bringing a range of native animals to the event. Animals may include lizards, pythons, frogs, crocodiles, birds and marsupials. The show consists of an educational presentation followed by question time. You may even get an opportunity to touch, pat or hold some of the animals. The show will be repeated throughout the day with different animals.
Enjoy an interactive wildlife show with Australian Wildlife (Image Credit: Australian Wildlife)
If you've always been fascinated by snakes and wanted to learn more about them you're in luck. John Mostyn will be bringing his venomous snake display to Science in the Wild. During his show and at his stall you can learn about snake behaviour, how to behave if you are confronted by a snake, venoms and its effect on the human body as well as first aid for snake bites.
Learn about the fascintaing world of venomous snakes with John Mostyn (Image Credit: John & Tina Mostyn)
The creative minds of Erth (makers of Erth's Dinosaur Zoo and Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium) will be bringing their unique combination of science and art toScience in the Wild. The company is recognised internationally as an innovator of physical and visual theatre, driven by an interest in natural history, indigenous folklore, sociology and urban mythology. For this event Erth is bringing one of their dinosaurs who will be roaming the grounds of the botanic garden throughout the day. If you've always wanted to get up close to a dinosaur, this is your chance.
Fizzics Education aims to inspire kids to learn more about the world around them. They do this with their fun, interactive science workshops and shows which are delivered to approximately 300 000 children each year throughout Australia and around the world. You can catch them at Science in the Wild, at their stall or bringing science to life with some cool experiments in their science show.
At the Western Sydney University stall you will have the opportunity to explore some cutting-edge technology. You may find yourself interacting with an incredible Nao robot, which is designed to be personalised and can move, speak, hear, see and perceive its environment. Or perhaps you'd like to talk with an expert from the Babylab at Western Sydney University about their research on language development in children. Alternatively, you could delve into the world of face-reading technology and find out how it is used to track face muscle movements and associated emotions.
Shake hands with a Nao robot (Image Credit: Western Sydney University)
Nature lovers will be interested to learn about the Tree Veneration Society, an environmentally focused artistic collective that honours the beauty, power and importance of trees. By merging art, science and craft they aim to re-contextualise the historical practice of the veneration of trees into a progressive, contemporary, community art project. During Science in the Wild artists from the society will create activities and performance art around trees and you will have the opportunity to connect with trees by using all of your five senses.
The Tree Veneration Society will show you how to connect with trees using your senses (Image Credit: Miho Watanabe)
The Frog and Tadpole Study Group of NSW (FATS) is a volunteer organisation interested in conservation, education and frog welfare. They have a rescue service for lost and injured frogs, as well as a helpline and also support frog research and conservation projects. At Science in the Wild there will be a display of live frogs from the rescue service and information about the species on display as well as common garden frogs. It is also possible for the society to identify photos of frogs that visitors have taken in their gardens and local area.
Learn about frogs and tadpoles (Image Credit: Frog and Tadpole Study Group of NSW)
Galit Segev is a qualified food scientist and chef. In her Food Science stall you will find an interactive hands-on section where children can play with dough as well as an informative section with information about bread, gluten with a display of yeast wheat, spelt, rye barley and other grains.
Learn about the science of bread with Galit Segev (Image Credit: Tammi Kwok)
Other exhibitors and activities at this event will include:
Shark in a Bus - a mobile marine heritage museum which allows you to get up close and personal (without being eaten) to a 5 metre Great White Shark, known affectionately "Frankie"
Explore Aboriginal science by discovering the plants and trees used in Aboriginal medicine and bush tucker
Wild Play stall by the Australian Botanic Garden Education team
A stall from the University of New South Wales Science Department
Experience the process of seed sorting with a scientist from the Plant Bank