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Science in the City - A Marathon of Heroes

By: Jennifer Miller, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 31 Aug 2010

Science in the City (which also expands to Science in the Suburbs and Science in the Bush) is a week long event aimed at High school students of all grade levels. It is designed to encourage them towards an interest in the sciences and to expose them to the diverse field of science. This is truly a marathon of heroes from the lecturers who hardly have pause between classes to the staff and volunteers that patiently control the mass of students and at the end of the day, the smiles and humor still stands.

Students experiencing a hands-on fossils session

Stuart Humphreys © Australian Museum

Science in the City (which also expands to Science in the Suburbs and Science in the Bush) is a week long event aimed at school students of all grade levels (both primary and high school). It is designed to encourage them towards an interest in the sciences and to expose them to the diverse field of science.

The objectives are to:

  • create events to celebrate science and technology research and discoveries.
     
  • raise awareness of the values and relevance of science, technology, and innovation in our everyday lives and encourage enrolment in the sciences.
     
  • showcase local science and science careers to students and teachers to form a lasting connection between local teachers and scientists.
     
  • facilitate suburban and regional science-based organizations to administer and run an annual science awareness event.

The key features of the extended Suburban and Bush events are to:

  • address a real need of an enhanced science experience for primary and secondary schools
     
  • provide quality and professional programs
     
  • provide authentic and practical experiences and to include locations that have a special value as study centres

So, who’s involved and how does this marathon work?

This week long program involves many partners including the state government, corporate businesses, and academic levels. This year event partners included:

  • Science Exposed
  • Ultimo Science Festival
  • Project Sponsors include:
  • New South Wales Government
  • 3M

The Major Supporters this year was the City of Sydney. Executive Partners provide the lectures, workshops, and all the activities and event facilitation and this year included:

  • The University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Powerhouse Museum
  • The Australian Museum 

More information about my experience can be found here and here.

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