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2018 National Science Week

This year we’re heading west and continuing to encourage Queenslanders to celebrate National Science Week.

 National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology where thousands of individuals–from students to scientists to chefs and musicians–take part in more than 2000 science events across the nation.

Officially taking place from 11-19 August 2018, this year’s theme is ‘Game changers and change makers’.

STEM Pop-up in Longreach

We are visiting Longreach on Monday 13 and 14 August to inspire the community with science and technology.

About 600 students from Longreach and as far away as Tambo have registered to attend coding and robotics, entrepreneurship, or drone flying training sessions over the two days.

As well as training, there will be informative and entertaining sessions including:

  • Corals in the Outback – a virtual reality experience that will connect children with the reef plus presentations and displays to show them what they can do to help save reefs from afar
  • In the shadows of our prehistoric past – an interactive, story-telling workshop where dinosaurs and fossils meet music and theatre.

A community event titled ‘From dinosaurs to drones’ will be held at the Qantas Founders Museum to hear about STEM careers from a panel of young professionals:

  • a palaeontologist who works with dinosaurs, crocodiles and fish fossils
  • a medical researcher looking at the genetics of melanoma
  • a marine scientist who brings local communities together to gather data for marine research projects
  • an aviator who is training to be a jet fighter pilot.

Register to attend From dinosaurs to drones – an evening of science and technology.

A to Z of Queensland science

From Arthritis to Zika virus research, we are celebrating the breadth of science in Queensland throughout August with our A-Z feature across Queensland Science Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Keep an eye-out for a different letter each day of the month, and get a taste of some life-changing science underway by Queensland science researchers and STEM professionals.

Scientists visit schools

The Queensland Chief Scientist is scheduling visits by scientists to a number of schools across the state during National Science Week. Scientists will discuss science careers, the impact of science, benefits of studying science and everything from space to technology and medical research.

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