The Science Never Ends

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Today is the final day of National Science Week 2018. But don’t despair! That doesn’t mean that you have to stop sciencing! There are still loads of events happening around the country after today, and every other day too!
The Science Week website continues to list events that run throughout August, and beyond including:

  • Macrocosmia – Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, ACT
    Art and science meet in the work of glass artist Elizabeth Kelly. Macrocosmia is the result of her extensive research into microscopic organic structures. Until Saturday 25 August
  • Henry VR – Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW
    Journey deep inside a Tudor painting to explore the hidden life of a king’s portrait, and the workshop of the artists who created it. Until Sunday 9 September
  • Robotics Digital Projection – Wagga Wagga, NSW
    The Riverina Science Festival’s 2018 digital projection is a celebration of all things robotic! This glorious animation from local artist Alice Peacock will celebrate emerging technologies highlighted throughout the festival, including drones, 3D printing, virtual reality and humanoid robots. Until Wednesday 5 September
  • Outback Water Project – Alice Springs, NT
    We encourage citizen scientists to collect water samples from central Australian waterholes via packs available at the Visitor Information Centre in Alice Springs whenever they’re out and about exploring central Australia in 2018. Throughout 2018
  • Pivot – Darwin, NT
    Welcome to a playground of semi-intelligent seesaws Until Sunday 26 August
  • Science-Art at the Extremes of Antarctic Islands and the Southern Ocean – Golden Grove, SA
    Science-Art photographic display on an expedition to Antarctic Islands and the Southern Ocean. See Australia’s only active volcano and the extremes of Australian territorial oceans. Celebrating a collaboration between an artist and a scientist from the Australian National University. Until Tuesday 11 September
  • Antarctic Interiors, Architecture and Ice – Battery Point, TAS
    A research exhibition exploring Antarctic architecture, interiority and the ice engaging with psychological, spatial and physical processes that characterise Antarctica. Until 28 September
  • Adventures Under Southern Skies – Mount Martha, VIC
    An exhibition of regional astronomy and sky photography by the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society in proud collaboration with PrimeSCI!, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Coolart Wetlands and Homestead. Until Sunday 26 August
  • @ltantis: A Science Fiction Radio Play Series – Murdoch, WA
    Written and directed by Stephen B. Platt as part of his PhD research examining Science Fiction in live performance, this radio play contains seven episodes, performed by an exceptionally talented cast. Until Thursday 4 October

Through the Inspiring Australia National Framework – Local Action approach, there is an Inspiring Australia Manager in each state and territory dedicated to encouraging communities to create, collaborate, curate and participate in public science engagement opportunities throughout the whole year. You can find contact details for the Inspiring Australia State and Territory Managers here.

This framework has also seen the development of Inspiring Australia regional science hubs dotted around the country that bring science engagement opportunities to their local community all year round, focusing on the fascinating science happening around the regions. (Again, contact the Inspiring Australia State and Territory Managers to find out more about what is happening in your region.)

Parents, teachers and students can also find events all year round at the STARPortal website. Launched in National Science Week 2017, the STARPortal is the go-to place for families and teachers to discover local STEM activities for the children in their lives and for providers to find partners for collaboration.

And don’t forget the online projects and competitions you can participate in, many from the comfort of your own home, including:

  • Virtual Reef Diver Citizen Science Project for National Science Week 2018
  • ANSTO’s new virtual reality (VR) app – now live within the App Store and Google Play for free download. For the first time ever, Australians can use the power of VR to take an amazing journey to the scale of an atom and go inside OPAL.
  • UNSW Bragg Student Science Writing Prize Write a short essay on ‘Technology and Tomorrow’ and you could win some fantastic prizes. Closes Tuesday 28 August
  • Presenting My Local Weather – Video Competition What’s the weather and climate like around you, and why does it change? The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) is running a national video competition! We invite school students to explore weather and climate in their local surroundings and present it in a (2 min max) video. Closes Friday 31 August
  • Geoscience Australia – 80 Days of Earth Discovery Join Geoscience Australia in exploring geoscience in all its diversity, the crucial role it plays solving the challenges of our nation and the people who make it all happen. Includes competitions and educational resources Until 20 October
  • Future Martians Podcast In this 12-episode series, Mars One astronaut candidates Josh Richards and Dianne McGrath speak with other candidates about the Mars One project, motivations for applying for a one-way mission to Mars, and what they are doing to become Future Martians.

These are just a snapshot of the many science events held year-round across the country. As National Science Week 2018 draws to a close, there’s no shortage of opportunities to keep you sciencing while you eagerly await Science Week 2019 to come around!

Source:: National Science Week