Science Week In Perth! Check Out Sound, Origami, Comedy And More!

There’s an event or two I’m attending starting this weekend – and even one I’m helping out with! You can see the full list over on the Science Week site for every state, but here’s a few highlights that are happening locally:

WA Launch Of National Science Week – Scitech this Friday 10 August. Senator Evans will be in attendance, as will Minister Day and both will be available for open-question interviews directly after the launch in a door-stop format. The launch will be supplemented with an SKA theme including students from St Andrew’s who will attempt to create a replica SKA using specialised Lego which should make for a great photo opportunity. We hope these students will leave the event feeling inspired to pursue a career in science, particularly with the SKA project opening up a range of opportunities for future Australian scientists and technicians.
When: Friday, August 10th – 10:15 AM
Where: SciTech, City West, Cnr Railway Street & Sutherland Street, West Perth, 6005.

ANALOGUE TO DIGITAL – How do we make sound from paper? What does paper actually sound like? Come along and find out about music made from cellulose.
When: Saturday, August 11 2012 – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: PICA, Cultural Centre, James Street, Northbridge, WA, 6003.
Cost: FREE

MOLECULAR ORIGAMI – Help us make a giant molecule out of paper! Come along to this free National Science Week event and learn about cellulose and polymers at the origami folding sessions in the city. Scitech has teamed up with the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the Western Australian Museum to host these unique sessions.
When: Saturday, Sunday August 11-12 – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Thursday to Sunday August 16-19 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Where: PICA, Perth Cultural Centre, James Street, Northbridge
Cost: FREE

GIANT SCIENCE! – To celebrate National Science Week 2012 we are going to attempt a world record for the most people participating in a chemistry experiment. By registering to attend you go into the draw to win a sciencey food hamper. Come along and join My Kitchen Rules Scientists Emma and Andrew in some record breaking science!
When: Wednesday, 15 August – 12.30pm to 2.00pm
Where: Curtin Stadium, Curtin University, Bentley.
Cost: FREE!

FIRE! – The WA National Science Week Coordinating Committee invites you to a public lecture at the Perth Zoo that explores the impact of fire on people, wildlife, and the environment. Join guest speakers Dr Fiona Wood AM together with Carol Jackson and Dr Neil Burrows as they present their compelling views on fire from three very different perspectives.
When: Thursday, 16th August – 6:00 PM to 8:00PM
Location: Conference Centre, Perth Zoo, 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth
Cost: Free! Complimentary nibbles will be provided.

SciTech Comedy Debate – Sold Out! See you there!

Gravity Discovery Centre – “The Sun – Powering Our Planet”.

The GDC, in partnership with Gingin Observatory and Energising SEA, invite you to attend this FREE EVENT. Fun family activities start at 2pm. You will be able to experience safe solar viewing, solar cooking demonstrations and exciting solar car/boat racing. As a special treat we will also be launching rockets! There will be a talk on solar power by Energising SEA’s Ray Wills. Ray will be available to answer all those burning questions you have on solar energy! We have also invited an indigenous astronomer, Toogar Morrison, to talk about the night skies and the significance of the sun in indigenous culture.
When: Sunday, August 12 2012, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Gravity Centre, Gingin Observatory, 1098 Military Road, Gingin West, 6503.

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