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by Alia Tarsoo (subscribe)
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Ever wonder about all the whys and how in science? Looking for answers to give to your one thousand and one- questions - asking- kid, like why does it rain in some places and others not or can we use the banana as a hammer? Well, to be honest, I also always don't have all the answers that they need.

The Ultimo Science Festival is here to answer all their questions and yours as well.

Perfect for all geeks and non-geeks, this two- week's long festival has events for everyone, including science shows, talks, workshops and much more.

From Tuesday 16 to Sunday 28 August, come and celebrate the National Science Week along Harris St in Ultimo, including the Powerhouse Museum, the ABC, UTS, Ultimo TAFE and Ultimo Library and discover all about science.

Start thinking like a scientist or learn how to solve a crime and much more with the different activities that the festival has to offer.

Here's a highlight of the programs for the kids and children for this year;

• Air, Atmosphere and Weather
Suitable for children aged 5 – 12 years.
When: Tuesday 16 August; 4 – 5pm
Where; Ultimo Library, Cnr Bulwara Rd and William Henry St
Tickets free
Booking essential and open in August
Call (02) 9298 3110

• Careers in Focus
Suitable for 15 years and over
Dates: Tuesday 16 August, Wednesday 17 August, Tuesday 23 August and Wednesday 24 August.
Time: 6pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Turner Hall, Ultimo TAFE, Building B, Harris Street, Ultimo
Tickets: FREE but bookings essential, visit this website for more details

• The Secrets of Chocolate
Discover and taste chocolate as you never have.
Suitable for all chocoholics
When: Wednesday 17 August: 6:30-7.30 pm
Where: The Muse, Ultimo TAFE, Building C, Harris Street
Tickets: $20 bookings essential.
Call (02) 9217 4133

• Catching Crooks
Secrets of Criminal Minds, Castle and Body of Proof revealed.
Suitable for children aged 15 years and over. Children under the age of 15 years must be accompanied by an adult.
When: Wednesday August 17: 6pm for drinks, 6:30pm start
Where: UTS City Campus, Aerial Function Centre, Level 7, 235 Jones St, Ultimo
Tickets: FREE but bookings essential before Friday 12 August. Please register online here or email Lisa.Aloisio@uts.edu.a

• Science Rhythm Time for Babies
Suitable for babies and toddlers 6 mths to 2 yrs old
When: Tuesday 16 August 10.00 – 10.30 am
Where: Ultimo Library, Cnr Bulwara Rd and William Henry St
Tickets Free
No booking required

• Science Story time for Preschoolers
Suitable for 3 – 5 year olds.
When: Thursday 18th August: 11am – 11.45am
Where: Ultimo Library, Cnr Bulwara Rd and William Henry St
Tickets: FREE
No booking required

• Meet Dr Dona Green
Discover the successful story of a renowned scientist
Suitable for Year 11 & 12 students
When: Thursday 18 August: 1.15pm – 2pm
Where: Ultimo Library, Cnr Bulwara Rd and William Henry St
Tickets: FREE but booking essential.
Bookings open in August.
Call (02) 9265 9135.

• The Utimo Big Night of Science
Suitable for 14 years and up.
When: Friday 19 August: 6pm - 8pm
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo
Booking essential call (02) 9217 0222 or book online
Tickets $10

• Family Science Fun Day
Perfect family fun day for all emerging scientists and the public in general
When: Saturday 20 August: 10am – 5pm
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo
Tickets: $25 family, $10 adult, $5 child.
More information available here

• Facts Or Fictions
Take the facts out of the fictions with Wilson da Silva, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmos Magazine for the 11:00am and 2:00pm sessions and Peter Berner, Comedian, at the 5:00pm and 8:00pm sessions.
Suitable for ages 8 and up.
When: Saturday 20 August: 11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm and 8:00pm. Shows are 90mins in length.
Where: UTS City Campus, University Hall
Tickets: $35 family, $15 adults, $10 child (plus booking fee).
Booking essential or call 1300 438 849

• The Einstein Lecture 2011
Does the positron emission tomography spell Chinese to you? Or E=mc2? Discover more at this talk show.
Suitable for 14 years and up.
When: Monday 22nd August, Doors open 6pm. Evening starts at 6.30pm
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo
Tickets: FREE but booking essential. Call (02) 9217 0222 or book online:

• Questacon Science Quad
Two shows to spark the interest of science in your kids
Suitable for children aged 5-12years
When: Thursday 25 August: 4.00pm-5.00pm
Where: Ultimo Library, Cnr Bulwara Rd and William Henry St
Tickets: FREE but booking essential. Bookings open in August. Call (02) 9298 3110.

• Big Science Sleepover
Stay overnight with ABC's Surfing Scientist, Ruben Meerman from Catalyst and Rollercoaster and have some hand on experiments.
Suitable for children aged 5 – 12 years
When: 5.30pm Friday 26 August until 8am Saturday 27 August 2011
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo
Tickets: $130 adult, $90 child
$110 Powerhouse member adult, $75 Powerhouse member child.
Booking essential call (02) 9217 0222 or check out this website.

• Experimentations Science Shows
When: Tuesday 16 – Sunday 28 August
Times: Weekdays at 11am, Weekends at 11am and 1pm
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo
Tickets: $25 family, $10 adult, $5 child
More information available here:

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Why? Get all your kid's scientific questions answered
When: From 16 to 28 August 2011
Where: Ultimo, Sydney
Cost: Most events are free. Check website.
Comments
These events sound great! I would love to bring my nieces along, unfortunately just the wrong state. I love things that help get people more interested in science. It's got to be one of the most fascinating things to learn about, for some people it just has to be taught in the right way.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Saturday, 27th of August @ 12:48 pm
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