What's happening in the Hunter for Science Week

National Science Week is happening across Australia. 

It is your chance to feel the passion of those dedicated to finding the facts without political spin or evil intent.

It’s your chance to marvel at new discoveries and to relive the old favourites of frogs and tadpoles, to enjoy the robots and coding – the new kids on the block – the way of the future.

Therefore, this coming week is a happy week, a discovery week.

A time to put aside the fake news of our political leaders, the filtered and selected news of your Facebook feed, and to learn something new. 

In the Hunter you can do science in Dungog, learn botany from the old masters at the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, check out the planets with astronomers, and get into the amazing world of robotics as a family.

“By having both child and parent collaboratively involved in hands-on workshops, active engagement, understanding and excitement in STEM can really take place,” says Heath Raferty of MiniSparx. 

The University of Newcastle’s Callaghan Campus will host a full program on Saturday with ‘build an electric vehicle’ workshops, home-made solar cells, rocks and minerals, earthquakes, soil testing, magic beads and hovering magnets, and a series of six-minute cutting-edge science presentations. 

It’s a chance to hear some of our world famous scientists talk about rewilding lions, nanomaterials, microbial beasts, yeasts, ancient reefs and much more. 

As usual, Sunday is the Science Festival at Newcastle Museum ,with the super-popular glistening garbage truck front and centre once again, supported by frogs, science shows, rocks and mini solar car racing.

I hope that your take home message from National Science Week will be a better understanding of the importance of science in our daily lives and in our future. 

Our politicians need to put a plan in place for Australia that will see us right for the next 100 years, and it is up to us to ensure that those politicians use the facts of science, not the whims of self-interest and party politics, to chart this path forward.

Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts

School of Enviromental and  Life Sciences

The University of Newcastle.