Pics from the Kids Get Together Evening, which was a show & tell of students projects, plus a food frenzy. Photographs: Lis Shelley
By Emily S: On the 10th of April, I travelled to the small locality of Monarto. Monarto is about a forty five minute drive from Adelaide, South Australia. The main attraction of Monarto is the open-range zoological park. Many wild animals are on display at the park, yet the best component of the zoo, is that the animals have much more room than an ordinary zoo. I went on a bus tour of the park with a guide explaining each animal's habits as we went past. I found the carnivore section very intriguing as it was feeding time at ...
From Tim: We had a good time at the CSI science experience. Dr Karl gave a presentation at the end which the parents attended. He showed lots of photos of his trip to America and combined it with some science facts. We built a tower from straws to hold up a cup of water. We tested blood types ( they didn't use their own they had samples provided). We tested for cauliflower DNA. We tested soils and pollens. We identified some bones. We burnt lots of stuff (with acid) and played with liquid nitrogen. From Tim: We had a good time at the CSI science experience. ...
By Lachlan: On Tuesday, the 20th of January, I made the journey to Wollongong for a two day course in industrial robotics at the University of Wollongong. There were various learning labs available (forty to be exact), from creative writing to running a business. We were told to meet at the Hope Theatre on the first day, to be issued our name tags and were shown our seats in the auditorium. The founder of the learning labs gave a speech to welcome and thank us for participating in the program. Then, we split into our separate groups (which were ...
By Lachlan Sims: On the 29th of November, Mum and I were going to Canberra, and along the way we stopped at Nimmitabel to see the Boco Rock Wind Farm. We went for the open day - which was held to gain exposure for the farm and also combat negative beliefs about wind turbines - and there was a free guided bus tour around the location. Mum and I went on the tour and headed towards the forty third (there are 67) wind turbine. The wind turbines were designed in America, constructed in China and Thailand and then shipped ...
By Warwick: Can you solve this puzzle? Use exactly four 4's to form every integer from 1 to 12, using only the operators +, -, x, / and square root. For example, 4/4 - 4/4 = 0 - You cannot string 4's together to make 44 - You cannot use just three four's or five - it must be exactly four of them - Try to do it without Googling - with a bit of thought it's not too difficult.
By Lachlan: On the 1st of October, Jade and I went to the ANU campus for the first day of the Conoco Phillips Science Experience. After I wandered through ANU, I finally made it to the elusive physics building. Then I received my nametag and joined the circle around the Greg Lane, the ACT director of Conoco Phillips and our guide. He gave a brief introduction and then Patrick Helean from Questacon began his demonstration. He showed us many experiments that used household materials, such as milo tins, aluminium foil, liquid nitrogen… Personally my favourite demonstration was when he ...
By Lachlan: The next day, we had to be dropped off at the National Dinosaur Museum, where we received a private tour of the facility. First impressions, for me at least, were bleak, but I was pleasantly surprised when the tour turned out to be a lot more interesting than I expected. For example, a dinosaur in Australia was found that had an extremely long neck, large body and a small head (the size of a horse’s). It was a herbivore and swallowed its food whole. So to actually congest the food, the dinosaur would swallow rocks and when ...
By Lachlan: On the third and final day (10th of October) , we again arrived at outside building 38 and once everyone had arrived, we went into the lecture theatre, to listen to (and watch) a laser demonstration. It was hosted by Professor Hans Bachor and Patrick Helean. It was an informative talk and had some cool demonstrations, such as demonstrating how lasers are used in optic surgery. They did this by having one large balloon, representing the eye, and a smaller balloon inside the eye, representing a tumour or cancer. Then, they used the laser to pop the ...
By Louise Stewart: During the winter school holidays, I went to a three day science experience at Wollongong University with a group of 40 people and was exposed to a broad range of sciences. On the first day we were put into smaller groups of eight kids and played many ice breaker games. Afterwards we saw a fabulous science show (picture above) and then listened to a lecture about nursing, medical and health science with some exciting hands on experiments. More experiments were done in earth and environmental science before the day ended. Friendships were easily made with the ...
If you haven't caught these yet, they are podcasts which see Dr Karl and Adam Spencer mix science with humour as they set out to answer some of the perplexing scientific mysteries we encounter on a daily basis. Download and enjoy this highly entertaining science-fuelled knowledge whirlwind and, as the Sleek Geeks like to say, "Learn something without even noticing"... https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/sleek-geeks/id893405381?mt=2 It seems they are producing a new one each week.
By Lachlan: Last long weekend, I went to Canberra with my mother to play for a representive hockey team in a carnival. There were large gaps between the games, so we decided to fill them in by going to Questacon and the National Zoo and Aquarium. We arrived at Questacon as soon as the doors opened, but it was still packed. It had been four years since I had been to Questacon and a lot had changed, but it was still an interesting experience. Questacon has 6 levels and two seperate galleries on the final floor. The levels are ...
By Jade: On 11th April, after a short flight to Sydney, my Nana and I spent three days visiting the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Aquarium, Maritime Museum, Wildlife Sydney Zoo and Harbour Bridge. Day 1 Powerhouse Museum At the Powerhouse Museum we looked at numerous exhibits, with the majority of scientific displays being interactive. We experimented with temperature, pressure, electricity, magnetism, light, gravity, motion and chemistry. As well as the interactive experiments, we wandered around the engineering, technology, fashion, nuclear, cyber, music, space, gaming, designing, transport and ecological exhibits. After this, we made our way to the newly introduced ...
By Louise Stewart: In April school holidays I visited, together with two of my sisters and Mum, the Museum of Human Disease at the University of New South Wales in Kensington. Inside were over 3000 different interesting specimens which displayed diseased human tissue, preserved in formalin. The various lungs, livers, brains etc. show the impact of both infectious and non-infectious diseases as well as impact of antibiotics, genetic factors and lifestyle choices as smoking, drinking and drugs. Each piece is numbered and museum catalogues provide any know clinical history and a description of the abnormalities displayed in the ...
It's early days yet, but there is interest in starting a club for all local (Sapphire Coast) kids who are into technology. Not the boring bits, but the fun stuff. Robotics Drones (or more correctly 'unmanned aerial vehicles') Games programming Electronics Rockets It will be for anyone from 11 to 17 years old and would get together, say, once a month after school or at the weekend. For robotics, we may even have a hands-on 2 day holiday camp with construction and competitions (by age group). What do you think? Would you be in this? Please post a comment.
Formula 1 racing has never been known for its green credentials – after all it’s all about making a lot of noise, going really, really fast and burning a lot of fossil fuel. But that seems to be changing in 2014. The new engines must be at least 30% more efficient than before, are limited to 1.6 litre capacity (the same as a small car), and use a strictly limited amount of fuel per race. And to keep the spectators happy, the cars will still have to be just as fast, or faster. So, how will this magic feat be achieved? It’s ...
Sight beyond sight. Our colour vision stretches from the longer wavelengths we see as red to the shorter wavelengths we see as violet. But ultraviolet vision is fairly common among insects, fish, reptiles and birds, especially those with smaller eyes that filter out less UV light. Bees have excellent UV vision thanks to colour receptors optimised for detecting it, but at the cost of poorer vision at the red end of the spectrum. UV vision is used for different purposes by different species, from kestrels detecting the urine trails of prey to reindeer spotting polar bears. Reindeer were thought rare among ...
From Tim and family At the beginning of this year we went to Sydney and visited: Aquarium at Darling Harbour Powerhouse Museum Museum of Human diseases at UNSW (How to survive a Zombie apocalypse exhibition) Madam Tussauds waxworks (to see Albert Einstein !) Mt Annan botanical gardens Plant Bank Dr Who exhibition at the ABC And at the end of last year we also went to Canberra to Questacon. ...