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The Top 10 Must See Events at the Sydney Science Festival 2017

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Science in the Wild at Mount Annan (by Sydney Science Festival 2017)


Sydney's Science Festival features over 150 family-friendly events, with hands-on workshops, exhibitions and expert talks at venues across the city for 2 weeks in August. Start your citizen science with these top 10 shows of the festival.

Science in the Wild – Sunday 13 August, 10am–3pm at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
It's easy to imagine dinosaurs stomping through our ancient Australian forests, brushing against towering eucalyptus trees and splashing in mangroves. Journey back in time, for a Jurassic Park experience featuring roaming dinosaurs and slithering snakes. Try hands-on experiments, guided by scientists as they decipher the secrets of our native plants and animals. This family event is FREE!

Print Your Voice Workshop – Sunday 13 August, 10am–1pm at the Powerhouse Museum
Printing your words is easy. At this workshop, you'll print sound, creating a unique artwork from your own voice. Hear the answers to all your acoustic questions from a voice scientist before stepping into a sound booth to record your personal message in your favourite speaking or singing voice. Complete the journey of sound with a professional jeweller, guiding you to mould a Sterling Silver necklace, earrings, bracelet or keyring as a permanent momento. Book the Voice Workshop online from $45 at Seat Advisor.

Behind the Brains Interactive Workshops – Tuesday 15 August, 9am–12 noon at the NeuRA Main Building, Barker St, Randwick
Get a crash course in neurology with a series of seminars and quizzes to learn more about our powerful super computer, the human brain. Test yourself with driver safety tests and balancing labs, inspiring you to beat Deep Blue at chess or Watson at Jeopardy. Book the Behind the Brains Interactive Workshop online for FREE at Eventbrite.

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Test Dr Karl with your brain teasers (by Sydney Science Festival 2017)


Mars Lab: Meet the Robots – 8–20 August, 11am & 1pm at the Powerhouse Museum
Humans haven't stepped on Mars yet, but robotic rovers are having all the fun, leaving tracks over the martian surface. See them in action, with the Mars Lab's Mawson, Continuum and MAMMOTH on show in a re-creation of Mars. You'll learn about their clever tool kits, used to scan the red planet, search for alien life and pave the way for our Mars-bound astronauts. Book the Mars Lab online from $8 at Seat Advisor.

CrowdScience with the BBC World Service Radio – Saturday 12 August, 3–4pm at the Powerhouse Museum
The BBC World Service, world's largest international broadcaster, is enjoyed by over 200 million people every week. Join a special recording of the Crowd Science radio show to ask a question of the expert panel, including a forensic scientist, theoretical astrophysicist, and chemist, with the answer shared with a global audience. Science questions, big and small, from astronomy to zoology, are encouraged. Book this special recording session online for FREE at Seat Advisor.

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Scratch your STEAM itch (by Sydney Science Festival 2017)


Ask Dr Karl – Tuesday 15 August, 7–9.30pm at the Powerhouse Museum
Dr Karl, the ABC's resident science communicator, has answered our trickiest questions for decades, including "Why do we get butterflies in the stomach?"; "How do homing pigeons find their way home?"; and "Why do babies get hiccups when they laugh?". Try stumping the ultimate pub quiz contestant during a special recording of his Triple J radio show with Zan Rowe. Book the Q&A session online from $25 at Seat Advisor.

Forensic Lab Tour & Sherlock Holmes Exhibition – Sunday 13 August, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm at the University of Technology
The Powerhouse Museum is hosting The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, inviting 21st-century armchair detectives to solve an original mystery inspired by the many complex cases unravelled by the master of deduction. Prepare yourself with a tour of the UTS Crime Scene Simulation Lab, replicating a home ravaged by crime, as forensics experts probe the scene for clues. Book this 30-minute guided forensics lab tour and self-guided entry to the Sherlock Holmes exhibition online for $19 at Seat Advisor.

How to Get Away with Murder (18 ) – Wednesday 16 August, 5–8pm at the Powerhouse Museum
Hear the clues from our modern-day Sherlocks as they discuss the forensic science popularised in CSI and sure to astound the 19th-century detective. An expert panel, featuring a forensic anthropologist, forensic scientist and coroner, will reveal the truth behind the fictional tales. They' discuss skeletons, fingerprints, chemical analysis and the inquest process . Book this talk online from $10 at Ticketek.

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Hear the dead speak (by Sydney Science Festival 2017)


Family Day with MIT's 'Imagine, Program, Share' Scratch Project – 13 & 20 August, 10am–12 noon at the Powerhouse Museum
Instead of learning French, Spanish, Italian or Mandarin, many students are now choosing a programming language to prepare them for an app-driven world. Be guided by the renowned coders at MIT with Scratch, their free programming language to animate sprites, create games. The workshop is interactive, with parents encouraged to join their children to create a masterpiece to take home. Book the Scratch workshop online for $20 at Seat Advisor.

Cracking into Forensics – Friday 11 August, 6.30–8.30pm at the Powerhouse Museum
Crack real-life crime mysteries with Sydney's super-slueth, Professor Shari Forbes, as she describes the science of death, scanning human corpses for clues at the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research, or 'body farm', in a secret location in the Blue Mountains. Book this keynote talk online from $8 at Seat Advisor.


To see the full lineup, visit: Sydney Science Festival 2017.


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