National Science Week 2016 at the Museum

Micro-CSI Lab: University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Image: UTS.

Micro-CSI Lab: University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Image: UTS.

The museum will be running a series of exciting science-themed events and programs to celebrate this year’s National Science Week.

Micro-CSI Lab: University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Microscopic planktonic organisms are responsible for 50% of the air we breathe and help regulate the Earth’s biosphere. Micro-CSI, a mobile laboratory in a custom-fitted shipping container, enables scientists to do specialised research on these organisms. Usually the Micro-CSI lab can be found on the RV Investigator, Australia’s state of the art ocean going research vessel. However, during National Science Week, the museum is lucky enough to have the container, with its distinctive decorated exterior, located at the museum. UTS scientists and oceanographers will host tours and run activities for visitors to get up close to the tiny organisms that are vital for a healthy planet.

Usually the Micro-CSI lab can be found on the RV Investigator. Image: UTS.

Usually the Micro-CSI lab can be found on the RV Investigator. Image: UTS.

More details, including dates and times, will be posted to our website. Micro-CSI will be open for our Harbour Hoots Family Fun Sunday on 21 August.

Pirates Ahoy – Mini Mariners science program for 2-5 year olds

Come and dive into Mini Mariners. Image: Andrew Frolows / ANMM.

Come and dive into Mini Mariners. Image: Andrew Frolows / ANMM.

Follow the treasure map around the museum to find the secret treasure cave. Learn how to sing, dance and scrub the deck like a pirate. Then decorate your own pirate hat or parrot puppet to take home and enjoy some special science-themed pirate experiments to celebrate National Science Week.

For dates, and to book, go to our website.

AMSciFest

The museum is participating in the Australian Museum Science Festival, Australia’s largest science festival, from 16-26 August at the Australian Museum. Come and visit our booth in the Expo to discover more about the museum’s onsite and virtual educational programs.

Clique Macro Photography Workshop and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Learning macro photography from the pros at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Image: © David Doubilet (United States), Turtle Flight (detail) .

Learning macro photography from the pros at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Image: © David Doubilet (United States), Turtle Flight (detail) .

Join Fairfax photographers Edwina Pickels and Peter Rae at the museum for an evening shooting macro photography. Learn how to take professional macro images using visually complex insects and other subjects from the museum. The two-hour workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Macro Photography
  • Studio Lighting
  • Techniques and Tips
  • How to Focus Closer by Adding Bellows and Extension Tubes
  • Exhibition tour

The workshop is from 6.30-9.30pm – book your tickets online now!

Special National Science Week-themed Twitter chat: #MuseumEdOz

#MuseumEdOz is a dedicated hashtag and Twitter community for teachers, museum educators, curators and cultural organisations to share resources, ideas and pose questions about learning in museums.

On Wednesday 10 August 7:30pm AEST #MuseumEdOz will be dedicated to all things science and science teaching, hosted by @learnPSNSW @AMscifest @ANMMedu and @lyndakelly61. Please join us – pre-service teachers are especially welcome.

– Dr Lynda Kelly, Head of Learning. 

You can find out more about our school programs here.

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