Science in ACTion 2016

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) will be taking part in Science in ACTion as part of the ACT’s National Science Week activities on Friday and Saturday 12 – 13 August.

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians get involved, taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation.

NYSF Alumni entertain event goers at National Science Week 2015

NYSF Alumni entertain event goers at National Science Week 2015

The NYSF will host a stall, with an opportunity for event goers to meet our alumni, participate in an interactive display and play dress-ups at the NYSF Photobooth across the two-day event at the Old Bus Depot in Kingston, ACT. Last year saw over 5,000 visitors across the two days.

Dress-up at the NYSF Photobooth

Dress-up at the NYSF Photobooth

Friday is Schools Day designed for Year five to Year 12 students and showcases STEM careers and pathways on offer in the Canberra region. Bookings are essential for this event. Saturday is open to the general public.

NYSF Chief Executive Officer Damien Pearce said, “The NYSF has participated in the past two Science in ACTion events and we are looking forward to participating again with assistance from NYSF alumni, who are always great ambassadors for our program.”

For more information about National Science Week, visit the website.

To register your school for the schools day event, please contact rebecca.kaye@agriculture.gov.au

Indigenous Science Experience 2016

The National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) is running the Indigenous Science Experience Family Science Fun Day at the Redfern Community Centre in Sydney in August as part of National Science Week.

NISEP is a grassroots, community-based organisation that works with communities in both rural and metropolitan low socio-economic status regions to improve educational outcomes, especially of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. Through engagement in fun and interactive science activities it aims to enhance scientific literacy, build confidence and open pathways to higher education.

At this year’s National Science Week event, NISEP partners and the Redfern Community Centre, City of Sydney will host a celebration of Indigenous and western science, demonstrating the value of traditional knowledge and Aboriginal culture in science, and the relevance of science to our everyday lives.

The event provides the opportunity to meet and speak with Indigenous elders and youth as they demonstrate their knowledge to members of the wider Redfern area community, through a range of activities . Working alongside them will be academics and students from Macquarie University, NISEP partners and a number of other science and outreach providers.

The Family Science Fun Day runs from 10:00am to 3:30pm on Sunday 21 August. There will be a range of fun hands-on activities that demonstrate scientific principles in a culturally relevant way.

All activities will be held at the Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern.

For more information, visit the National Science Week events page.