National Science Week at the Museum

National Science Week 2014 is fast approaching and it will be a week packed full of discovery, experiments and adventure for all ages. SO, if you seek to learn new things, try something different and above all, have a fantastic fun-filled time, then the museum is for you.

Open to all Apple users, (just present the Tag Town app at our front of house desk for entry): ‘Hide, Seek, Dive and Peek @Anmmuseum’ is on from 16th of August to the 19th of August.  Users can start playing “Tag Town” – a photographic scavenger hunt where pictures lead players, assisted by GPS, to discover real locations. Played in the real world via mobile app, players swipe through the image clues on their mobile device and when they find the location in the real-world, they snap and upload their own photo of it. Tag Town taps into the fun and creativity of photography and builds an expanding collection of shared photos of the local area’s most interesting features and locations.

Under 5s get ready to ‘Board the Gang-plank with Drip, Drop Splash’ a specially tailored Mini Mariners program that will thrill all who attend. This event will be held on Tuesday 19th August – book online here.

Are you an adult who seeks to learn new things, enjoys new ideas and conversation? Book in for ‘Designing Our Composite Futures‘ where National Science Week meets Sydney Design. Held on Thursday the 21st of August from 6pm to 8pm, this event explores the design of High Performance Composites in future product development for the aging, sporting, health and disability sectors. The event is free but we do ask that you book online.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Cama, Curator at Maritime Museum.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Cama, Curator at Maritime Museum.

On Saturday the 23rd of August, big ticket holders and Members are welcome to come and enjoy:‘Endeavouring Science’: Discover Science with the RBG and Young Scientists. In this event we will look at botany past and present, the science of cannons, how diseases spread on board, astronomy, air pressure and sailing. While you experiment with scientists onboard the HMB Endeavour, you can ‘Fire Away’ – by learning about the science of cannons and build ballon rockets to demonstrate force. Make sure to ‘Watch your back’– modelling the spread of diseases such as malaria and scurvy. Onboard you might feel ‘Bigger than Earth’ – looking at astronomy in an astromony workshop. ‘Sail away with me’ – through various activities that help to explain how boats can sail into the wind. ‘Shine on me’- learning about where shadows fall relating to the transit of Venus. Venture into the Great Cabin where within you can learn about ‘Botany’ with Botanists from the Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 21st and 22nd of August, invited schools will be sailing away on Sydney Harbour to also experience and learn all that Endeavouring Science has to offer.

Are you interested in the history and science of Native foods? ‘Then to Now: The History of Bush Food’ hosted by Aunty Beryl Van Oploo in the Waterside Studio, is where you can learn about the science of native foods, cooking and a healthy lifestyle. Aunty Beryl runs the Gardeners Lodge Cafe and is head teacher at Yaama Dhiyaan.

Aged 18+ and seeking a after-hours challenge? Come and enjoy our special one-night-only event ‘Dare Danger Destroy: a hunt on-board HMAS Vampire’ on the 28th of August. We are daring Tag Town App users to board the HMAS Vampire and search for clues and photographs to solve a puzzle, all while immersed within the the somewhat candid history of this amazing Naval vessel. The night culminates in a live event with pop-up bar where you can share your on-board escapades with like-minded people. Although Tag Town is exclusively on the Apple platform, still come along to enjoy a night of intrigue, adventure and surprises. The Vampire event is free with (a pay bar) but we do ask that you register online.

Photo Courtesy of Penelope Edwell, Curator at Maritime Museum

Photo Courtesy of Penelope Edwell, Curator at Maritime Museum

Don’t forget to be ‘appy’ you need to download the Tag Town app from the Apple App store to participate in our Tag Town Quests.

This Inspiring Australia Initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.

For more information visit our website or email events@anmm.gov.au. Follow the hashtag #natsciwk

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