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Science in the Swamp boosts Wentworth involvement in 2017 National Science Week 12-20 August

10th February 2017  |  Comments

The fun and discovery of National Science Week in Wentworth just got better with Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust receiving $12,000 from the Australian Government to deliver its project ‘Science in the Swamp’.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Member for Wentworth congratulated the Trust for their creative efforts to inspire more people to learn about science, technology and innovation during 2017’s national celebration of science running from 12-20 August.

“I’m thrilled that Science in the Swamp will be giving Wentworth an opportunity to participate in National science week, through an exciting free, outdoor family and community event in Centennial Park”, Mr Turnbull said. 

“Science in the Swamp will have a range of diverse and exciting hands-on science activities accessible for all ages, from meeting a dinosaur to potting a plant”.

Science in the Swamp is a partnership between Centennial Parklands and science exhibition providers.

“The longevity of National Science Week which will celebrate two decades in 2017, not only shows that people from all walks of life are fascinated by the wonder of science, but also proves that anyone can participate in science activities, regardless of their background, age or location.”

Science in the Swamp is among 39 projects chosen nationally to receive funding in a $500,000 grant round announced this week by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO.

“These initiatives will give people in metropolitan, regional and remote areas opportunities to meet scientists, participate in science, discuss hot topics and celebrate the contribution of Australian science to society, culture and economy,” Minister Sinodinos said.

“Science is critical to our wellbeing, prosperity and international competitiveness, so engaging the community and equipping young people with future-focused knowledge and skills is vital.”

Science Week activities are run right across the country to help to inspire Australia’s next generation of scientists and innovators and increase community awareness of science in everyday life.

Other projects supported by this year’s grants include pop-up science festivals, an astronomical observatory on wheels, an exploration of innovations for a Future Earth, and virtual reality journeys to the microscopic world inside a plant cell or to the outer reaches of the galaxy.

Several of the activities funded emphasise inclusivity, like science workshops designed for people with intellectual disabilities, sessions for people with different cultural and language backgrounds, coding skills workshops for youth on the autism spectrum, and DIY science film nights for even the remotest locations.

National Science Week 2017 will also feature a suite of Indigenous science initiatives and others highlighting female role models and encouraging girls to participate in science.

First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year a staggering 1.3 million people participated in over 1800 events and activities, including local science festivals, music and comedy shows, expert panel discussions, interactive hands-on displays, open days and online activities.

More details about National Science Week which will run from 12-20 August are available at www.scienceweek.net.au

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