The National Youth Science Forum recently took part in Science in ACTion , part of the ACT’s National Science Week activities.
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.
On the first day, school groups ranging from years 9 to 12 who study in the Canberra region visited the event, learning about the many organisations involved in science activities in the ACT and surrounding areas.
Saturday was Community Day, which kept our NYSF volunteers busy answering questions about our programs and demonstrating the very popular Van de Graaff generator and Oscilloscope, which were kindly loaned by the ANU Physics Education Centre.
NYSF Chief Executive Dr Damien Pearce said, “Participating in this event would not be possible without the support and generosity of NYSF alumni both from on campus at the ANU and living in the area. This year, 15 of our alumni helped us out at the event, which saw an estimated 5000 people visiting over the two days.”
NYSF partners ANU, Lockheed Martin, ANSTO and UNSW were also involved in talks and demonstrations throughout the Canberra event.
By Julie Maynard