What is National Science Week and who is it for?
National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians – get involved, taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation.
Science Week is designed for everyone – it’s definitely not restricted to schools and universities – with events and activities and talks and shows for every age group.
Running each year in August, over one million people participate in science events across the nation.
Established in 1997, National Science Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.
What is happening in the library for National Science Week?
Science can be so much fun. Kids love experiments and they don't even realise they are learning! They get to be hands-on and creative to make things move, change and sometimes even explode. What's not to love?
Nearly all of our library branches are doing something for this special week to ignite a curiosity and interest in space, robotics and technology.
Many events have limited spaces due to equipment so click through and book in! Some events have age recommendations so please check before you book.
- Think like an engineer and use technology to solve a sustainability problem at Thomastown Libraryopens a new window.
- Robogalsopens a new window are coming for a LEGO robotics session at Diamond Valley Library.
- Robotics (mBots or Sphero)opens a new window are being explored at Ivanhoe and Rosanna Libraries.
- Space Green Screen at Thomastown Library or VR at Wasonia and Lalor Libraries.
- Codingopens a new window at Mill Park Library will have you creating your own Lunar Module Simulator to land safely on the moon.
- At Whittlesea Library try some fun experimentsopens a new window and make a rain cloud in a jar.
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