Three free science events you don’t want to miss | National Science Week

To mark National Science Week, a celebration of all things science and tech will roll out across the city from Saturday 15 to Thursday 27 August.

Activities include hands-on workshops, children’s events, science and technology talks, tours and more. You can get the full program from Study Gold Coast’s website, but we reckon these three events are the ones to have on your radar.


DIG: Discovery in the Gardens | GC Regional Botanic Gardens, Ashmore Road, Benowa | Saturday 15 August, 9.00am – 2.00pm

Supported by Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, this hands-on learning opportunity will include nature craft activities, botanical lumen prints, bees and honey, a bat clinic, worms and

Bats are cool, mkay?

Bats are cool, mkay?

composting, water bugs and Sparky Do Dah’s awesome nature adventures. It’s all free, it’s very family-friendly and it’s a fun way to learn more about science and the world around us.


Dr Stefan Hajkowitz on future trends | Arts Centre Gold Coast | Tuesday 18 August, 4.00 – 5.oopm

Dr Stefan Hajkowitz is CSIRO’s Principal Scientist, Strategy and Foresight. He’ll speak at the Lakeside Terrace Room. In his most recent book, Global Megatrends: Seven Patterns of Change Shaping Our Future, Dr Hajkowicz identifies seven patterns to tell a story about how the world will change over the next 20 years. This is a unique opportunity to listen to one of Australia’s most in-demand speakers and futurists discussing the changes, challenges and opportunities facing a city like the Gold Coast.


Pop-up Science Centre | Sunday 23 August, 10.00am – 2.00pm

The Pop-up Science Centre will feature live science shows on stage, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) challenges throughout the day, including magnetic slime, rubber band helicopters, jelly castle and the 2015 Spaghetti Bridge Challenge (judging for which takes place at midday). Despite all of that, we’re pretty sure the stars of the show will be local schools and the budding scientists they’re cultivating.


National Science Week runs 15 – 23 August. Get more information about national events here.

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