The nation’s favourite celebration of science – National Science Week 2023 – kicked off on August 12, bringing us a jam-packed calendar of events to enjoy.
The school theme ‘Innovation: Powering Future Industries’ will inspire many of the activities taking place across the state, both in person and online, throughout the week.
Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science, and Minister for Multicultural Affairs Leanne Linard said National Science Week was a timely reminder for Queenslanders to appreciate how STEM is involved in our everyday lives.
“STEM impacts people without even realising it – many of the things that we all take for granted in our lives are possible because of science,” Minister Linard says. “This is why this annual celebration of science is so important – I encourage everyone to jump online to view the many events happening around the state and take part in an activity.
“The past few years have also shown us that the world can change in an instant and we are continuing to deliver online programming and activities to allow Queenslanders to have the wonder of science in their homes and classrooms,” adds Professor Sarah Pearson.
No matter where you are in the state, there is something for everyone with a STEM-ified program that can be accessed in your local area or online.
From a planetarium concert to marine wildlife, explosive science, science sculpture festivals, a hackathon, dinosaurs and more – the multitude of events across the state will ignite a spark for STEM learning.
While online, families can dive into a range of activities, experiments, videos and more.
Visit www.scienceweek.net.au to find out what is happening near you and join in the activities.
These are the National Science Week events we’re looking forward to…
The Enigmatic World of Sharks, Whales and Jellyfish | Saturday August 20, Currumbin RSL
Welcome to an exciting marine science event that is perfect for all ages. From awe-inspiring sharks to the mesmerizing jellyfish, and the majestic whales, you’ll learn about their unique characteristics, behaviour and habitats. See live jellies under the microscope, get hands-on with sharks, touch their skin and teeth and learn how they use our water ways.
Wildflower Walk | Sunday August 20, Plunkett Conversation Park
Join us as we explore the open eucalypt forest, rugged rocky outcrops, forested ridges and gullies of Plunkett Conservation Park on this guided walk. Enjoy the spectacular views as you learn about the unique diversity of flora and take in the early spring blooms.
Gold Coast School Science Competition | Monday September 4 to Thursday September 7, Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus, Southport
The 36th annual Gold Coast Schools Science Competition aimed at raising the profile of STEM in the Gold Coast community and encourages students to demonstrate their STEM abilities by entering a project into one of the five possible categories. The competition is the largest of its type in Queensland and the competition is fierce with over 400 entries received in 2022.