Friday, August 10, 2007

National Science Week Events

Dear Science Lovers,

National Science Week (18th - 25th August) is rapidly approaching! Please see details of the great activities planned below.

11th August - Science in the Centre
Launch program of events for Science Week; balloons and giveaways.
Venue:- Yeperenye Shopping Centre.

11 th August - Starry Night/Scinema Desert Park
Entertaining short Science films which have drawn a large community interest will be viewed on the big screen at the Nature Theatre. Please bring a cushion to sit on. Following the film session walk to the Picnic Area where the Alice Springs Astronomical Society has a great night under the stars planned.
7pm – 8pm Family Scinema Session under the stars.
8pm Stargazing in the Picnic area
Venue:- Alice Springs Desert Park
Event Coordinator: Karen Eva-Stirk 89507123

August 18th - 10 Reasons Why Biologists Find Australia So Interesting
Steve Morton is one of the country’s foremost thinkers on issues facing conservation, land management and ecological sustainability. In this talk Steve shares his love of the country and a Biologists dedication to the Australian Environment.
Venue:- Andy McNeill Room at the Alice Springs Town Council
Time:- 6pm for 6.30—8pm.

22nd August - Brain Break
Brain Break is a morning tea with a difference. Across the Northern Territory on Wednesday 22nd August, organisations using or teaching or doing science will be celebrating science with Brain Break morning teas. It’s easy to get involved— just organise a morning tea for your staff and/or students—we’ll provide a free caffeine coaster for all your Brain Break participants. We can also supply you with National Science Week posters, bookmarks and other promotional material you can use as giveaways or as in-house displays for National Science Week 2007.

To organise your Brain Break Pack - Contact Karen Eva-Stirk 8950123

23rd August—Public Session Maths Olympics
The next Maths Olympics is only one year away,.. and Australia is currently ranked 48th!
What a disgrace!

...but don't despair, Simon Pampena stand-up mathematician, has developed a training session to turn young potential into gold medal reality.

Through an hour of music, comedy, dance audience interaction and MATHS, Simon communicates the passion needed to be number 1 in the greatest sport in the world.

Venue The Lane
Time 8.00 for 8.30

25 August Bushfoods/ Wildfoods recipe competition
This competition, now in its third year, will commence during Science Week, with the first HEAT. There are categories for domestic and young foodies, and professional and apprentice chefs.
The aims of the event are:

to increase knowledge in the community about
  • the uses and properties of bushfoods and wildfoods
  • the cultural significance of bush foods to Central Australian Aboriginal people, and the important role Aboriginal people in remote communities have in the economic value chain and in research associated with bush foods

and to encourage people to

  • experiment with bush foods and wild foods to create new recipes to share with others· and
  • to share ideas on the science and process of recipe development, with a particular focus on the use of bushfoods and wildfoods Central Australia.

Grab a copy of the entry form from Afghan Traders or the Science Week stand in Yeperenye Shopping Centre.

Many thanks to Karen Eva-Stirk for coordinating all of these fantastic events.

Don't forget the theme for schools is antarctic science. Download lesson ideas here.

Have a great Science week.

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