Explore National Science Week 2017

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology.

Science of Ochre interactive workshop, Riverina Environmental Education Centre, Wagga Wagga, 2016

Running each year in August, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.

These events attract a wide audience from children to adults, and science amateurs to professionals. Over one million people participate in science events across the nation.

Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) science staff are participating in events throughout Science Week including:

Lightbulb explosion, National Science Week 2016MAASive Lates: Science
Thursday 10 August, 6pm-9pm
Powerhouse Museum.

To kick off the Sydney Science Festival, the Museum doors will be flung open for a free, full-on, night-time science celebration of astronomical proportions. Experience the grown-up side of the Powerhouse Museum after hours, see new exhibitions in a different light and expect the unexpected.

OEH scientists will be part of the ‘Speed-meet-a-scientist’ rapid-fire question sessions.

Adults 18+ only. Free event. Bookings are essential.

Spotted-tailed Quoll, Barren Grounds, Budderoo Quollidor remote monitoring stationsQuoll count from your couch
Online, August - September.

Threatened Species Officers working on monitoring quolls in the Illawarra region as part of Saving our Species program, have set up automatic cameras that are snapping Quolls day and night in an effort to improve the monitoring of quolls in the Barren Grounds-Budderoo region.

Now they need your help to analyse the thousands of photographs captured. For this project, citizen scientists will use DigiVol, an online tool developed by the Australian Museum and the Atlas of Living Australia.

Find out more about the project or join in via DigiVol.

Children enjoying WilderQuest activitiesSuper Science Saturday
Saturday 12 August, 9.30am-4.30pm
Australian Museum

Primary School Science Festival
Tuesday 8 - Friday 11 August
Australian Museum

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) education staff will have an exhibition booth during the Australian Museum’s Super Science Saturday and primary school science festival.

Staff will be raising awareness of WilderQuest and the WilderQuest learning portal.

Coastsnap camera and mobile phoneCoastSnap – Know your beach
Saturday August 19, 11.30am -12.30pm
Manly Library

Scientists from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage have teamed up with the Water Research Laboratory (UNSW Sydney) and Northern Beaches Council to establish community beach monitoring project.

The next time you visit Manly or North Narrabeen, become a citizen beach scientist by capturing and sharing a photo with your mobile device using our innovative CoastSnap photo points. Your shared photos taken from fixed locations will be used to measure change in the shoreline position and beach width.

Come to a CoastSnap Talk at Manly Library to find out more about this new citizen science project.

Science of Ochre, Redfern Community Centre, August 2016Indigenous Science Experience: Science of Ochre
Sunday 20 August, 10am-3pm
Redfern Community Centre

‘Science of Ochre’ is an interactive workshop presented by OEH soil scientists for primary school children and families in Sydney.

Participants will get a hands-on chance to understand the science behind ochre and also learn about its use in Aboriginal culture through creating their own artworks.

The Family Science Fun Day is presented by the National Indigenous Science Education Program, Macquarie University, Inspiring Australia, Redfern Community Centre and the City of Sydney, as part of the Sydney Science Festival.

Attendance is free and no bookings are required.

Indigenous scientists from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) celebrated World Soil Day in Wagga Wagga, with a unique interactive workshop at the Riverina Environmental Education CentreSoils Workshop at Tolland Community Centre

Soil scientists from Yanco Natural Resources Lab and OEH Wagga Wagga office will run a hands-on soils workshop for kids.

Local primary and high school students will take part in hands-on activities that combine indigenous art with the science of soils and clay.

A connection with ochre is used to educate students about Aboriginal culture.

Visit the National Science Week website to find science events throughout NSW and how you, your school or community can get involved.