Science virtually at hand

NATIONAL Science Week, held from August 15 to 23, is set to reach more people than ever before.

"Because of the huge number of virtual events happening around the country, National Science Week will this year be more accessible to regional communities than ever before," TV presenter, science communicator and author Lee Constable said.

"There are loads of interactive and fun ways to get involved at online events and virtual talks can also be an opportunity for two-way communication between curious country kids with questions and scientists with answers."

Lee is one of a number of science aficionados involved with National Science Week, as she hosts a panel discussion on climate change and what we can do to make a difference.

In addition to the panel, there's a huge array of activities which will take place from workshops on conserving endangered honey-eaters, to lessons on how to make sourdough, to insights into Indigenous astronomy.

As most of them are online, visit scienceweek.net.au, anyone can take part, regardless of where they live. Some highlights include:

Swimming with giant Australian cuttlefish, through an online virtual tour of Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Park.

Scientists taking a look at the foods of the future with mystery boxes sent for sampling.

SciVR, a virtual reality tour of the solar system, with astrophysicists Rebecca Allen and Alan Duffy.

Schools learning about physics and forces by seeing how many rubber bands it takes to implode a watermelon.

As part of National Science Week 2020, Bendigo Tech School invites the community of Bendigo to experience making music from their waste.

This free online performance features The Milk Carton Confessions composition and performance ensemble and waste supplied by Bendigo locals.

Graeme Wiggins, Director of Bendigo Tech School, said that the Bendigo Tech School brings together local industry and the community to empower students with the skills required for the jobs of the future.

"Our programs are aligned to the industries predicted to experience strong economic and employment growth. The arts are a great way to tell and share our unique perspectives to solve complex problems like waste."

For the creation of Milk Carton Confessions local people were interviewed about their thoughts and opinions about waste.

Scott Bryant, Circular Economy Coordinator from the City of Greater Bendigo, says that by discussing and acknowledging the impact our day-to-day life choices have, we start to see the consequences of our choices and possible solutions.

Milk Cartons Confessions is a free online event, taking place on Wednesday, August 19 at 6pm and community members are invited to register to be provided with the online performance details by visiting www.bendiogtechschool.edu.au

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