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National Science Week Line-up Announced at the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands

Source: Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands
Archived 10 Sep 2018 - Posted: 12 Jul 2018
Science in the Swamp
National Science Week is an annual celebration of science that runs in August throughout Australia. Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands organise the largest Sceince Week events in NSW, from the Blue Mountains to Sydney's CBD.

Don Your Superhero Outfit and Walk with the Dinosaurs for National Science Week at Centennial Parklands

On Saturday 18 August 2018, Centennial Park will turn into Jurassic Park as Erth’s Dinosaurs will roam as a key attraction at the Science in the Swamp – Dinosaurs vs Superpowers event. The dinosaurs will be joined by acrobatic superheroes, robots and mad scientists, as a fantastic variety of science based exhibits descend on the Park for National Science Week.

Science in the Swamp returns for its sixth year, offering an amazing free, family-fun day out, with a whole host of new science shows, spectacular wildlife, superheroes, and science madness. This event will feature over 30 food and science stalls this year making it the biggest science week event yet.

“Science in the Swamp is the largest single day event for National Science Week in NSW, with over 10,000 visitors last year alone,” says Christian Eckardt, Education & Community Team Leader at Centennial Parklands.

“Every year it gets better and better, and this year is no exception. This time we have superheros, dinosaurs AND robots all in one place. We recommend dressing up as your favourite superhero and coming down to explore the huge variety of stalls.”

Other events lined up for science week includes the popular Astronomy in the Park. Plus, enjoy a rare opportunity to explore the park after dark and create some fantastic artwork with the spectacular Valley of Light workshop.

Other highlights include:

  • Children’s Discovery Museum where they can discover the amazing superpowers of nature
  • Wildlife displays from the Australian Wildlife Society, Birdlife Australia and the Frog and Tadpole Society
  • Superhero acrobats
  • Tony the carp whisperer (and his giant carp)
  • Fizzics Education water rockets, liquid nitrogen or other experiments

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by both the Australian and NSW Governments as part of Sydney Science Festival in National Science Week.

For more information visit Centennial Parklands website

 

Discover the Wonderful World of Plant Sciences at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for National Science Week

Explore the wonders of science with the stunning backdrop of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, at the inaugural Living Laboratory event on 11 August 2018. In this free National Science Week program, adults and children will get the opportunity to explore the scientist’s labs, see behind-the-scenes in the herbarium and discover amazing plants and wildlife at stalls throughout the Garden.

This year, the Garden will be alive with animals, as Australian Wildlife Displays bring all numbers of creepy-crawlies, slimy frogs and large mammals for you to see and even touch. Relax by the mainstage as live music filled the Garden and scientists perform talks and engaging experiments.

The Garden’s PlantClinic will be opening its doors for some amazing behind-the-scenes activities, where adults and kids can discover the weird and wonderful world of plant sciences. Meet the Garden’s scientists and horticulturalists and find out about the amazing work they do to grow our knowledge of the world we all live in.

“There is a lot more to the Garden than just displays and flowers. Some of the most cutting-edge science in the world is happening right here in the heart of Sydney, and it’s our responsibility to inspire people and engage young people in the vital science that is plant research,” says Christina McGhee, Team Leader of Education and Community Programs at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Other highlights include:

  • A main stage, with live music and scientists who will be performing talks and engaging animal displays
  • A Science Safari where children complete 6 challenges to explore the Gardens
  • Discover all sorts of amazing animals, from frogs to bats to birds
  • Tours of the herbarium and Gardens, with demonstrations on how to make your own specimens
  • Plant sales and plant identification stalls for visitors to ask our experts all the questions they have
  • Behind the scenes activities at the PlantClinic research base.

Other events for National Science Week at the Gardens includes Astronomy at the Calyx, Plan Bee: Create your own Bee Hotel and Secret Science.

This initiative is supported by grant funding from the Australian Government.

For more information visit Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
 

Go WILD! Science in the Wild returns to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan

Venomous snakes, nutty scientists and dinosaurs will take over the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan on the 11 August 2018 as part of National Science Week.

Science in the Wild is a free event for all ages, where kids can discover the fun of science and enjoy learning about plants and animals in the stunning outdoors. This year showcases scientists at work, amazing animal displays, fantastic chemical concoctions and much more.

“The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan is the scientific hub of Sydney’s South West. It’s the perfect location to get kids engaged in science, and inspire them to become the next generation of revolutionary scientists,” says Christian Eckardt, Community Programs Team Leader at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.

“This year will be even bigger and better, with superhero acrobats, roaming life-sized dinosaurs and engaging science displays from Fizzics education.”

The Gardens are also running two extra events for adults this year as part of national science week, Stars over the Garden and Secrets of the Seed Vault.

Highlights of Science in the Wild include:

  • Erth’s roaming dinosaurs
  • Stalls from leading science groups such as TESLA, The Australian Museum and Geological Society
  • Opportunities to get up close to amazing native wildlife at numerous animal stalls

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by both the Australian and NSW Governments as part of Sydney Science Festival in National Science Week.

For more information visit Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan website

 

Discover the Prehistoric ‘Jurassic Garden’ at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah

Take a trip back in time to the ancient land of Gondwana, and get ready for a fantastic FREE family day of hands-on science fun at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. On the 18 August, Gondwana Garden returns for a second year, filled with science stalls, and some slimy, scaly and furry friends, as part of National Science Week.

The ancient world of Gondwana will be brought to life at the Gondwana Family Garden Day. Hunt for Australian Virtual Reality dinosaurs and megafauna using our FREE Jurassic Garden app. Watch out for the giant, real-life ones, as the thrilling Erth’s dinosaurs will be roaming the garden.

This year will include amazing stalls, reptile and wildlife shows and engaging talks from our world-leading plant scientists, which will leave the kids in awe.

“The Blue Mountains is an ancient place, and perfect location to bring the prehistoric world of Gondwana to life,” says Lisa Grieve, Manager of Visitor Experience at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.

“Last year was the first time running this popular event, where we had around 1,800 visitors. By getting children excited about science in their own backyard, we hope to inspire the next generation of children to consider science as a career.”

Highlights of the day include:

  • • Botanists from our Herbarium showcasing their work
  • • Australian Wildlife Displays
  • • Geological Society
  • • Erth’s Dinosaurs
  • • Frog & Tadpole Society
  • • Live Reptile Displays

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by both the Australian and NSW Governments as part of Sydney Science Festival in National Science Week.

For more information visit Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah website

This article archived 10 Sep 2018

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