Once again the Gold Coast is gearing up for Science Week, and there is much to see and do from festivals, activities, walks and talks through to performances, workshops and much more!
While the misconception may be that this event is only for science nerds, Science Week is designed to appeal to a broad audience providing opportunities to acknowledge the work of Australian scientists, stimulate imaginations of all ages and encourage the pursuit of science careers including the climate scientists of the future.
Each year those who wish to host an event are encouraged by applying for National Science Week grants of between $2000 – $25 000 to help support their event.
So what sorts of things can you expect during National Science Week?
While there are many science experiences in museums and science centres around the country – some events on a larger scale than others, there are some closer to home on the Gold Coast which align more with what is close to Gecko’s heart being environmental science such as:
- DuneWatch (Citizen Science in the Dunes) established to allow the community the opportunity to help collect important information with regard to the health of the eco-systems of the sand dunes;
- Platypuswatch at Mudgeeraba, Coomera, and also Currumbin Creeks (although not suitable for young children); and
- DIG (Discovery in the Gardens) at the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens is a free hands-on-science day for all ages.
- If guided coastal talks are your thing, what better way to spend a Saturday morning than with a Coastal Walk and Talk at Burleigh Heads headlands.
On Sunday August 14th, why not come along to the very end of Michel Drive, Currumbin, where at Preston Park as part of Gecko’s Eco Explorers’ program the young set can take part in Marvelous Megabats and learn all about bats or flying foxes through a story, games, crafts and other fun activities. If the little ones miss Marvelous Megabats during Science Week, there is always August Water Birds at Flat Rock Creek, Currumbin on Sunday August 25th. Park the car near the Girl Guides Hall in Golden Four Drive, Tugun then let the kids come and search for all the water birds there, hear a story, make some crafts and play games! Only $10 per child, from 9am – 11am both days.
Beyond environmental sciences the 2016 Schools theme of Drones, Droids and Robots will embrace the T for ‘Technology’ in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), with the emphasis on autonomous technology centering on real-world applications in areas such as medicine, space and deep ocean exploration as well as agriculture, mining and manufacturing. The theme will look at how autonomous technology transforms our everyday lives – from robot domestic cleaners (e.g. vacuum and pool cleaners) to other utilitarian applications such as lawn mowers.
In addition to this, Griffith University’s Science on the GO! is hosting the 10th Annual Gold Coast Schools Science Trivia Challengemixed with hands-on science demonstrations, and the Gold Coast Schools Pop-up Science Centre will provide other great science experiences for the public to participate in.
Of course you could also check out Gecko’s own Out & About Calendar, or connect up with the Mentors and Actioneers over at Climate Change for Good (CC4G), where you can join one of the Action Hub groups. The CC4G initiative from Gecko in conjunction with Griffith University is about giving the power back to the community and allowing them to proactively champion projects with positive, solutions-based discussions and actions to cut through the gloom surrounding climate change.
Visit the website and join their Facebook page for updates, and their private Facebook CC4G Action Hub group.
So as you can see there is lots to do! So get out there, explore, participate and enjoy!
For full listings of Science Week activities on the Gold Coast and also in Brisbane, head over to the Science Week website where you will find links to 17 events and 13 competitions or online activities to participate in.
Spectacles in the sand dune: unsplash via pexels.com
Platypus Watch flyer: via Gold Coast Catchments
Flying Foxes hanging upside down: via Rochelle James H2H Article 7th March, 2014
Pop-up Science Centre flyer: via Gold Coast Schools
*Article also featured on Hills to Headlands for Gecko – Gold Coast & Hinterland Environment Council.