Big weekend of science to end National Science Week!

  • by Science Week Team
  • 18 August, 2017
Big weekend of science to end National Science Week!

The last weekend of National Science Week 2017 has lots still in store for you to explore. Here is just a teaser of the variety of experiences you could squeeze into your weekend. Check these out, and then head to the events calendar to find more events near you!


Community Opening of Canberra’s Recycling Facility – Hume

Everyone is invited to attend the official opening of the upgraded Materials Recovery Facility in Hume. This is a great opportunity to find out about the new technology that processes your recycling. You can learn about product life-cycles and check out the whole site from a bird’s eye (drone’s) view! 1.00 – 3.00pm Saturday

Strictly Science – Belconnen

The last Saturday of National Science Week is a great time to kick up your heels with an explosion of science and art led by some of Canberra’s most fabulous performers and renowned scientists. 7.30am – 10.30pm Saturday

Geoscience Australia Open Day – Symonston

Sunday sees a big day of hand’s on activities, displays and talks focussing on the diverse work carried out by our national geoscience agency, from smart phones and satellites to earthquakes and water resources. 9.00am – 2.00pm Sunday


Gondwana Garden – Mount Tomah

Come face to face with some dinosaurs – both digital through our Augmented Reality app, and amazing puppetry from Erth Dinosaurs – and take a trip back in time while enjoying a variety of exciting shows and hands-on activities. 11.00am – 3.00pm Saturday

Bots and Beers ‘Space Bar’ Event – Morpeth

Hear from a local Maitland company who have designed the CubeSat satellite systems that have enabled students to run science experiments on the International Space Station. Get a chance to get hands-on with devices. 4 .00– 6.00pm Saturday

Indigenous Science Experience – Family Fun Day – Redfern

A family fun day that has become an annual highlight of Science Week in Sydney. It features all sorts of interactive activities that celebrate Indigenous and Western science. Meet with Indigenous scientists, Elders and youth alongside community groups and academics. 10.00am – 3.00pm Sunday

The Innovation Games – Sydney Olympic Park

Another outing for the whole family, the Innovation Games will get you moving and challenge you with all sorts of science themed activities. Do drop by especially if you are coming out to the precinct for the usual sporting events, to add some science to your day! 11.00am – 3.30pm Sunday

Dream Machines: Art Fest Day – Gymea

A celebration of artists who are modern day Da Vinci’s, exploring science and art in the Dream Machines exhibition, with activities and talks. 10.00am – 4.00pm Sunday


Create a useless thing: Family Challenge – Coconut Grove

A family challenge event to use everyday items in a new way to build a creative machine – under the guidance of Taj Pabari, Australia’s Young Inventor of the Year (2014). 5.00 – 7.00pm Saturday

Sea Sick – Darwin

In partnership with the Darwin Festival, listen to award-winning Canadian journalist and author Alanna Mitchell as she brings her book about the state of the global ocean to the stage for one powerful and deeply unsettling event. 6.30 – 8.00pm Saturday

Wildlife Workshops with Bush Tales – The Gardens, Nightcliff and Yarrawonga

Enjoy some incredible Top End wildlife experiences as workshops engage children with the fascinating science behind our native wildlife and natural habitats.

  • Nightcliff, 10.00 – 11.30am Saturday
  • Yarrawonga, 2.00 – 3.30pm Saturday
  • George Brown Botanic Gardens, 10.00 – 11.30am Sunday
  • Yarrawonga, 2.00 – 3.30pm Sunday


Fiftysix Science Workshop – Brisbane

An opportunity for students to create and innovate using new technologies through a workshop facilitated by 2017 Queensland Young Australian of the Year & Fiftysix Founder, Taj Pabari. 10.00am – 12.00pm Saturday

Queensland Museum: Behind the Scenes Tour – South Brisbane

Get a special look behind the scenes at the Museum, exploring the collection stores and hearing insights from the staff about the diverse science involved such as conservation, biodiversity and biology all in the context of cultural and social history. 10.30 – 11.30am Saturday

Gold Coast Schools Pop-Up Science Centre – Coomera

Come along to share in hands-on activities, demonstrations, science shows and plenty of interactions with exciting special guests. Science fun for the whole family. 10.00am – 2.00pm Sunday


SCINEMA @ SLSA – Adelaide

The State Library of South Australia is hosting fascinating stories of science told through film as a venue for Scinema. Drop in to catch some as part of a continual loop throughout the weekend. 12.00 – 4.00pm Friday through to Sunday

South Australian Museum: Science Centre Open Day – Adelaide

Come behind the scenes at the South Australian Museum. Meet the scientists, explore the Science Centre and get a rare look at the collections. 11.00am – 4.00pm Saturday

Public Outreach Astronomy – Port Augusta

Come and experience the Southern Cross Outreach Observatory Project, a mobile astronomical observatory that was designed to travel far and wide to promote astronomy among communities in Australia. 1.30 – 9.30pm Saturday

Explorer in Residence – Adelaide

Join the State Library of South Australia’s Explorer in Residence to discover the stories of innovation and research captured in the collections of the library. Sunday’s sessions will include map making activities for families. 12.00 – 4.00pm Sunday


Open Day at the Telescope – Cambridge

Come and experience the Mt Pleasant UTas Radio Telescope with hands-on activities, viewings of the control room and guided tours. You can even make your own rocket! 10.00am – 3.00pm Saturday

Emerging Entomologists – Ridgeway

A workshop for children 7 – 12 years to explore the world of entomology, with hands-on activities and outdoor investigations. 10.00am – 12.30pm Sunday


Are your genes your destiny? Genomics and the science of Gattaca – Melbourne

The State Library of Victoria is screening the science fiction film Gattaca, followed by an expert panel discussion about the worlds of ethics, science and the creative arts and where we are heading. 6.00 – 9.00pm Friday

PowerWorks Energy Education Centre – Morwell

Visit Powerworks to explore the science and technology that has helped maintain Victoria’s electricity supply. Guided tours and interactive museum displays will provide an insight into the past and future of energy technologies. 10.00am – 3.00pm Saturday and Sunday

Global Gamble – A Climate Change Comedy! – Spotswood

An educational theatre performance for students that explores the theme Future Earth through sketch comedy and improvisation. 10.30am – 12.30pm Saturday

Sublime Science Cabaret – Melbourne

Experience cabaret with a twist as science is celebrated through music, video projection, poetry and stand-up comedy performances, exploring the wonders of the universe and planet Earth. 5.30 – 8.30pm Sunday


Gingin Science Festival – Yeal

Experience some real research at the operational research centre The Australian International Gravitational Observatory (AIGO) and explore some hands-on activities at the the Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory. 10.00am – 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday

ChemCentre Open Day 2017 – Bentley

Visit the open day and ‘make science your mission’ through shows, tours, activities and the Clean Lab Experience. 10.00am – 4.00pm Saturday

Explore Karlkula 2017 – Hannans

Come and learn about the botany and traditional use of the native plants in Karlkula Bushland Park on a tour guided by students and botanists and sample some bush tucker. 10.00am to 2.00pm Sunday

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