Media release: Australian Museum Science Festival 2013

Australian Museum commences National Science Week with a family-friendly Science Festival on Saturday 10 August, 2013.

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Photographer: © Australian Museum

One of the nation’s largest science festivals, activities are designed to encourage attendees to appreciate, learn and understand the science they see every day with hands on experiments and lively demonstrations.

From life-size dinosaurs to the power of liquid nitrogen there is something for everyone to enjoy in the entertaining shows, workshops and tours.

Australian Museum Science Communication Manager, Catherine Beehag believes a scientifically literate community is essential for solving the challenges facing modern society. “Kids love science because it engages their natural curiosity about how things work. Encouraging this type of critical thinking is integral to tackling the big issues plaguing the world today, not to mention vital for parents who are faced with that age old question – ‘but why?”
The event launches Australian Museum’s ‘Australian Science Festival’, where more than 5,000 students take part in over 355 activities.

Along with workshops and shows, the Science Festival will include balloon objects, talks with museum scientists, fun food and face painting, with plenty more to be announced.

Highlights of the festival program include:

Jollybops Show: Explore what energy is and discover how it is transformed with The Jolly Professor and his sidekick Rusty the Robot.

Dr Rob: Discover the mysteries of science with Dr Rob Bell, host for Network Ten's science television show SCOPE and a science education officer for CSIRO Education, South Queensland

Winny the Dinosaur: Learn about Australia’s prehistoric past in a humorous show complete with skeletons, fossils and a life-sized Muttaburrasaurus.

Australian Museum Liquid Nitrogen Show: Become mesmerized by the power and versatility of liquid nitrogen as it smokes, expands, evaporates and freezes objects with shattering results.
Australian Wildlife Displays: Get up close and personal with a range of native Australian animals as they roam through the museum.

Rock Me, Galileo: Experience the musical inspired by of a century of Australian Science and global astronomy
Book Launch and Research Library Tour: Join Raymond Huber, author of ‘The Flight of the Bumble Bee’ for a reading, while exploring the wonders of the Australian Museum’s research library.

Wacky Science Experience: Discover the science behind CSI forensics, electromagnetism, robotics, bubbles and more through various workshops.

Interactive Science: Hear from guest speakers about a range of current scientific topics, and see examples of scientific illustrations and photography.

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For more information visit or call the Science Communication office on 9320 6389

On-line Cost (excl. booking fees)*

$ 20 adults
$ 15 concession
$ 11 child (aged 5-15)
$ 6 child (aged 2-5)
$ 45 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children)

*Australian Museum Member prices are available on our website.

Claire Vince , Publicist
Phone: Monday – Friday 0468 726 910
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