A pop-up science festival is coming to NightQuarter

Science Centre, Gold Coast

The science behind music, light and motion will be under the spotlight when Nightquarter is transformed into a pop-up science centre this weekend.

Science on the Move will feature more than 20 exhibits from local schools, educational institutions, scientific organisations and industry and business partners and 35 hands-on experiences that will engage both the mind and body in all things science.

It’s a travelling exhibition created by Question – the National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra and hosted by Science on the Go! – a program of Griffith University.

Visitors of all ages can experiment with sound by hitting pipes of varying lengths with a rubber thong or make music using bottles filled with different volumes of water and air. There’ll be puzzles to show off your problem-solving skills and opportunities to explore balance points of everyday items.

The Pop-Up Science Centre is an opportunity for locals to experience, first-hand, the benefits of having a hands-on Science Centre in their community – a social amenity that is sadly lacking in Queensland’s second largest and fastest growing population centre.

Almost half of Queenslanders believe there are not enough science-based activities available for enjoyment and participation and this is especially the case in regional areas, with Gold Coast falling in to this category.

With no museum, planetarium or science centre on the Gold Coast, The Pop-Up Science Centre provides a unique, all-encompassing one day event, showcasing numerous exhibits within the science, technology, engineering and maths space.

The Pop-Up Science Centre will feature interactive exhibits delivered by experts from Griffith University academics, school science teachers and industry specialists from SeaWorld, GC Techspace, Holoverse and the Australian Defence Force giving visitors the change to engage and explorethe marvels of science.

The audience will also have opportunities to interact with scientists to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the concepts on show. Local schools will showcase their engagement and participation in STEM by demonstrating their growing passion.

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Science on the move takes place at NightQuarter from 11.00am this Sunday 19 August. More than 6000 people are expected to attend this year’s event with past participants raving about their experience.

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