National Science Week

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    Monday 15 August -Tuesday 23 August

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

    Micro-CSI Lab (UTS)

    University of Technology Sydney Micro-CSI Lab

    Tues 16, 23 & Thurs 18, 11.30am–2pm 
    Sun 21, 28 August, 10.30am–2.30pm

    *Subject to change Check Lab opening times at the front desk on the day of your visit.

    Microscopic planktonic organisms are responsible for 50% of the air we breathe and help regulate the Earth’s biosphere. Micro-CSI, a mobile laboratory in a custom-fitted shipping container, enables scientists to do specialised research on these organisms. Usually the Micro-CSI lab can be found on the RV Investigator, Australia’s state of the art ocean going research vessel. However, during National Science Week, the museum is lucky enough to have the container, with its distinctive decorated exterior, located at the museum. UTS scientists and oceanographers will host tours and run activities for visitors to get up close to the tiny organisms that are vital for a healthy planet.


    16 - 26 August
    The museum is participating in the Australian Museum Science Festival from 16-26 August, Australia’s largest science festival. Come and visit our booth in the Expo to discover more about the museum’s onsite and virtual educational programs.

    Clique Macro Photography Workshop and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition

    36 Wings of summer Photographer ©Klaus Tamm (Germany)

    Tuesday 23 August, 6.30 - 9.30pm

    Join Fairfax photographers Edwina Pickels and Peter Rae at the museum for an evening shooting macro photography. Learn how to take professional macro images using visually complex insects and other subjects from the museum. The two-hour workshop will cover the following topics:

    • Macro Photography
    • Studio Lighting
    • Techniques and Tips
    •  How to Focus Closer by Adding Bellows and Extension Tubes
    •  Exhibition tour

    The workshop is from 6.30-9.30pm – book your tickets online now!

    Mini Mariners: Pirates Ahoy

    An under 5 girl in a pirate hat sitting on a throne

    Tuesdays & Saturday 13 August, 10am & 11am

    Follow the treasure map around the museum to find the secret treasure cave. Learn how to sing, dance and scrub the deck like a pirate. Then decorate your own pirate hat or parrot puppet to take home and enjoy some special science-themed pirate experiments to celebrate.

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    Family Fun Sunday

    An under 5 boy experimenting with water, a yellow balloon and a piece of foil

    Sunday 21 August, 2pm - 4pm

    Join us to celebrate international lighthouse and lightship weekend and working harbours in a day of family fun. As well as circus performances, character tours, harbour rides, art making, experiments and facepainting we have our Lighthouse Larks science cart open from 2-4pm. Visit the cart to investigate the harbour environment with interactive experiments and demonstrations to show how seagulls fly, how boats float, how a lighthouse works and ways of watching weather.

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