This year’s National Science Week will run from Saturday 15 August to Sunday 23 August, and during that time, YPRL will be offering a science-themed event every day. Whether you are interested in space, animals, oceans, computers or LEGO, we have you covered. And while we are best known for science and technology events for our younger users, much of our Science Week content will be of interest to adults as well.
Here’s a run-down of our full program – click on the links to see more details for individual events:
Saturday 15 August, 11:30 am
Mo and Oreo are the beloved guinea pigs at Diamond Valley Library. In this feature video, Mo and Oreo (with a little help from their friend Kate) will tell us all about their day, and share some useful tips on how to look after guinea pigs. This video will be screened on the YPRL Facebook page, opens a new window.
Sunday 16 August, 7:00 pm
Enjoy free access to award-winning, science-themed documentaries, short films and animations as part of the online SCINEMA Film Festival. We recommend the Awards Showcase as a good overview of the festival; other playlists are also available. Films screen at the SCINEMA website.
Monday 17 August, 4:00 pm
Join this week’s Virtual Code Club session, where we will work on a special ocean-themed project in Scratch. Code Club is a live event where we use Microsoft Teams to enable participants to share their work and get assistance from club leaders. For ages 8–12, bookings are essential.
Tuesday 18 August, 4:00 pm
Join us for a special Ocean-themed Science Club activity, where Slavka will show you how to design a floating garden using recycled materials. A materials list will be announced on Monday 17 August on the YPRL Facebook page. The video tutorial will be screened on the YPRL Facebook page, opens a new window.
Wednesday 19 August, 4:00 pm
This week’s LEGO Challenge will be ocean-themed in honour of Science Week. The video tutorial will be screened on the YPRL Facebook page, opens a new window.
Thursday 20 August, 4:00 pm
Enjoy free access to award-winning, science-themed documentaries, short films and animations as part of the online SCINEMA Film Festival. In this family-friendly timeslot, we recommend the playlists specially curated for young people – choose from Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Secondary and Senior Secondary levels. Films screen at the SCINEMA website.
Friday 21 August, 4:00 pm
If you love animation, why don’t you try to make your own? Sashi will show you how to use a simple app to start creating animations. This is a video tutorial to be screened on the YPRL Facebook page, opens a new window.
SciVR: Immersive Science, opens a new window (for adult audiences)
Friday 21 August, 8:00 pm
SciVR: Immersive Science, opens a new window (for children and family audiences)
Saturday 22 August, 11:30 am
Let's talk astrophysics with Associate Professor Alan Duffy and Rebecca Allen in these special live-streamed talks. Alan and Rebecca will answer questions about astrophysics via Twitter, using the hashtag #AskSciVR. These events will also introduce the SciVR app, a free app for smartphones that allows users to explore the cosmos from wherever they are. These sessions will be screened through the SciVR website.
Karen Seligman, Learning Coordinator, Yarra Plenty Regional Library