December 8, 2017
As 2017 comes to an end, we take a look back at the great science events that happened in our Regional Science Hubs during National Science Week.
The Kangaroo Island Regional Science Hub is our youngest hub and was launched at KI Brewery during National Science Week. The event kicked off a slew of events on the island including Science in the Brewery, school STEM days and dolphin watches. National Science Week also brought agricultural experts to the region as part of the Agriculture KI Conference. 80 researchers and farmers networked and knowledge shared about agriculture and natural resources research.
STEM@Fleurieu Summit was the premier National Science Week event along the Fleurieu, where 80 community members welcomed the Chief Scientist of SA, Dr Leanna Reed. The summit was a great opportunity for people to share solutions to living sustainably.
The Naracoorte Caves served as a fitting venue for many events along the Limestone Coast. The Naracoorte Caves Connection saw 600 students attend interactive workshops and presentations about fossils and world heritage. Similarly, Science in the Caves brought together 85 students from 5 high schools to find out how science is used to manage natural resources.
The classroom was flipped at Millicent North Primary School during National Science Week. The STEM Challenge Day saw parents, rather than kids, participate in a range of activities designed to flex their science muscles.
Weekends were a time for science in the Murray & Mallee with Science on a Sunday attracting 50 community members to immerse themselves in science through film, virtual reality and chemistry experiments. Not to be outdone was the Science Schools Extravaganza in Renmark, where Riverland students participated in hands-on workshops about spiders, environmental waste, drones and photography.
The Future Earth theme dominated National Science Week activities in Yorke & Mid-North. The STEM Expo gathered 450 students, engaging them with robotics, insects, reptiles and much more. Students from Port Pirie, Burra, Gladstone, Jamestown, Port Broughton and Moonta got an inside look into the power of STEM.
The Saltmarshes set the scene for National Science Week in Eyre & Western. Discover the Science of the Saltmarshes took more than 120 students on an ecosystem field trip to explore coastal sanctuary zones near Whyalla. They were joined by ecologist Dr Peri Coleman, who shared her ecological knowledge to the enthusiastic crowd.
Science in the Pub was a popular National Science Week activity in the Far North, with events in both Oodnadatta and Coober Peddy. Roxby’s Mad Scientists also returned for another year and saw 60 community members trying their hand at real experiments. But it was the skies above that were perhaps the most illuminating, with Public Outreach Astronomy bringing a mobile observatory that opened the heavens to all.
The Questacon Smart Skills Program is touring in the South East South Australia region and northern Victoria during Term 1, 2019. In addition to presenting in-school STEM workshops for students we will also be conducting FREE STEM based, Professional Learning workshops for teachers. Registrations are currently open for workshop 1!