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Australian Museum and The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney are celebrating National Science Week and beyond, by hosting the inaugural Sydney Science Trail. Jam-packed with free online experiences, be inspired by live virtual events and interactive learning activities that tickle the mind and excite the scientist in you. The Trail runs from 15 August to 15 September 2020, and you'll find the FULL PROGRAM HERE and the SCHOOL PROGRAM HERE. Once you've subscribed, you'll get all details of the program, and how to get to where you want to go online, to access these wonderful events.

Get ready for a great month-long adventure and join the mission to help planet Earth. This is a FREE digital quest packed with interactive games, live-streamed talks, explosive science shows and virtual tours from world-class scientists and researchers. SUBSCRIBE and be the first to hear about and from the Sydney Science Trail. If you need further information you can email the team at

Have a look around the depths of the ocean previously unseen, discover the strength of the Aussie bushland when faced with fires, as it comes alive, time and again. Discover and understand how the First Nations' approach science and the world around us. Traverse important areas of science, from plants and animals to earth, technology and space. The best of Sydney's science and research is on show no less.

A school program has been created in partnership with the NSW Department of Education. It's a great opportunity for teachers and parents who are home-schooling to take advantage and engage students and kids in the exciting world of scientific research. They can discover the fascinating powers of adaptation and more, in an interactive curriculum-linked, virtual classroom.

Some of the trail highlights include FrogID where you can use your smartphone and the Australian Museum's FrogID. You'll be able to identify where our native frogs are thriving and where they're not, and track the distribution of the cane toad in Australia. You can also go for a virtual stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to discover all its beauties as well as the deadly threats that lurk around.

Looking into the science of climate is something that can't be ignored, especially the impact it will have on our future. Learn how it all started. While we're looking to the skies at climate; did you know that Aussies are leading the search for extraterrestrial life on Mars? Learn about the leading Australian scientists who are exploring the universe in search of Martian life. Your mission starts on 15 August 2020!

Bush tucker is so Australian and there from the dawn of time. Yet what do we know about it? Get stuck into exploring the world of bush tucker in the saltwater country around Sydney and learn how it defines Aboriginal life. There are so many events to do with Plants, including the people who make the green heart of the city beat, or you could join the Bush Blitz team and discover our native species. You might even discover a new one.

In the Animals sector, bees are such a necessary part of our world for food production, go ahead and adventure into the fascinating world of Australian native bees and learn how to make a bee hotel. Space and Technology events abound with behind the scenes tours with doctors to specialised optic labs, science labs, exploring state-of-the-art technologies used to artificially replace unhealthy tissue and more, like how dinosaurs evolved into modern birds and how flying works.

Enjoy hundreds of scientists who are taking the opportunity in Science Week to share their research, discuss why they became scientists and explain how their work helps to solve difficult problems. Get to know some of our talented NSW scientists working on critical global challenges and find out how they investigate questions to uncover new knowledge and help solve important problems.

There are also dozens of regional event offerings that bring a rural perspective to the virtual mix. There are science podcasts where you can get to more than 40 researchers in three new podcast series that examine critical issues in ocean innovation, studies in marine science and getting behind the lens with microbiologists. Be inspired by women in STEM with a stellar lineup of women in nuclear, in webinars where they talk about their careers. The challenges of lockdown have been met with a smorgasbord of online events. Start scouring and lining up your favourites to engage in.

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Why? Sydney Science Trail 2020
When: 15 Aug - 15 Sep 2020
Where: Online
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