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Check out the events at this huge Festival for the family
The Sydney Science Festival returns from 7th to 19th August 2018.

It is part of National Science Week with 13 huge days of talks by some of the world's best researchers, some hands-on workshops, exhibitions, events for the family, and panel discussions.

Sydney Science Festival celebrates Sydney's diverse and "multidisciplinary science and innovation community". This is done through a very varied programme which looks at all areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, known as STEAM.

The festival also brings together cultural and research institutions, museums, universities and communities across Sydney. They are then free to join in and discover, discuss and debate all about science.

The festival aims to encourage an interest in science among the general public and young people. It provides opportunities to highlight Sydney's scientific "credentials" and cultivate partnerships between the community, research organisations and industry.

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and the Australian Museum help produce this festival with support and funding.

Some of the events in the programme this year include:

The Innovation Games
Sydney Olympic Park will host a day of innovative science action.

Innovation Games is a free event full of new ways to taste, touch and see science while it happens. There are things like hit the special pump track with your scooter; skateboard or BMX; and generate energy whilst you're burning some off.

There will be some X Games extreme sports stars showing their skills on the half-pipe. You can find out all about drones, or even take-off on the flying simulators. And as well as all this you can actually talk with an astronaut!

Perhaps you would prefer the opportunity to "kick the physics out of a footy" or run against your favourite player's time?

Sydney Olympic Park will have interactive displays, live stage shows, games, gadgets, films and food!

There will be a physical and mental challenge for the whole family or you can have the opportunity to see yourself on the large screen. Touch something spiky, slimy or scaly….. or just sit back and watch with a coffee while the children have fun.

You could be seeing Australia play in the Bledisloe Cup Rugby, or GWS Giants vs Swans AFL, and whatever you are doing, make sure you get on down to the Park for the Innovation Games.

There will also be a reality treasure hunt created especially for this event and you could win one of three amazing "golden ticket" prizes.

This is a FREE event which will be held on 18th August, from 11 am to 6 pm
Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park

Science In The Wild: Dinosaur vs Superpower
Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and Cat Woman - what do all of these have in common?

SUPER STRENGTH, and abilities!

But did you know that there are also superheroes in your very own backyard?

They have super sight, super hearing, and super strength! They can camouflage themselves to be invisible and thejust somet some of the many amazing superpowers on display in the great outdoors.

There will be scientists at Science in the Wild and they will talk about the incredible superpowers you can find in nature.

This year's Dinosaur vs Superpower event will combine two of your children's favourite things - they will feature a roving dinosaur and a bit of pre-historic fauna.

Science in the Wild is an outdoor family day that gives the whole family an opportunity to learn about science in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

This is a FREE event, held on 11th August, from 11 am till 3 pm

Lakeside Lawn, The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, Cunningham Dr, Mount Annan

Super Science Saturday
Science can be found in the most unexpected place, and the interactive Science Expo will have over 20 booths, doing experiments, hands on demonstrations, and more.

Some of the things you can watch include explosive scientific action at the "Street Science" Show; discover what's rumbling beneath the earth's crust with "Volcanoes, eruptions and more"; or learn more about the union between science and culture with "Aboriginal Bush Food and Medicine"'.

There will also be several science journalists, live animal shows, face-painting, roaming scientists and more. All this will help you understand just how mind-blowing science is!

Book now for this event, with a cost of $20 for adults and $10 for children.

It will be held on Saturday, 11th August from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Australian Museum, 1 William St, Darlinghurst

The Einstein Lecture: The Quantum Computing Revolution
This is a talk for adults, and the 2018 Australian of the Year is quantum physicist, Michelle Simmons. Her work has been proclaimed as launching Australia into "the space race of the computing era."

Born in the UK, Michelle has been in Australia since 1999, and her work at the University of NSW quantum physics department, has helped develop leading technology on a world wide scale.

Five years ago, Professor Simmons and her team developed the world's first transistor made from a single atom, and also the world's thinnest wire.

Professor Simmons is working on building a quantum computer capable of solving problems in minutes, which would otherwise take thousands of years!

This is a free event on 14th August, from 6 pm to 7.15 pm, and you can register here.

Leighton Hall, UNSW Kensington, John Niland Scientia Building, Kensington

There are heaps more fabulous science events during this week, and you can see them all at this link. Make sure you book where necessary, as a few are already booked out as this article is published!

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When: Between 7th August and 19th August
Where: Various venues - see article
Cost: Some FREE - some TICKETED
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