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A Roundup of National Science Week Events in Perth

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

National Science Week is just two weeks away making now the perfect time to plan which activities you'll be attending. There are currently over 50 public events registered on the Science Week website across our state, plus over 80 online activities! We've compiled a list of the top 10 events we're most excited for in Perth.

1. Science Week Quiz Night - Perth Mess Hall, Friday 11 August (18+)

- Inspiring WA and WA Coordinating Committee for National Science Week

Kicking off Science Week we have a science themed quiz night in the heart of Perth. The quiz features five rounds, each prepared by some of Perth's leading STEM institutes. Rest assured that this quiz caters for all levels of STEM knowledge. Tickets are just $20 and include a free drink. Food trucks will be available to purchase food from.

For tickets, the schedule, or more information, click here.

2. The Anti-conference: Innovation, Inspiration, Intelligence - WA Museum Boola Bardip, Saturday 12 August

- Inspiring WA and WA Coordinating Committee for National Science Week

Have you ever wondered what innovation is happening right here in Western Australia but didn't know how to find out without sitting through hour-long presentations? So did we. Cue the Anti-conference, a day filled with 30-minute interactive sessions, hands on workshops and fascinating exhibitors. This isn't your typical conference, it's a uniquely Western Australian Anti-conference. Tickets are $20 for the morning session, $35 for all-day tickets or only $50 if you book a quiz night ticket too!!

For tickets, the full program of presenters, or more information click here.

3. Bird IQ - Getting Curious About Birds and Bird Intelligence - Various locations, 5 - 24 August.

- City of Wanneroo Libraries

Take a walk around Lake Joondalup Reserve with Birdlife WA, get up close with five birds of prey, including a falcon and an owl, with WA Birds of Prey to learn about bird behaviour and conservation, join the Re-Cyc-Ology team in building bird nest-boxes, or hear from three of The University of Western Australia's top bird researchers who will cover bird cognition. These sessions will run across Wanneroo, Clarkson, and Yanchep Libraries.

To find a session time and register for an event click here.

4. The First Scientists - Victoria Park Community Centre, 12 - 19 August

- Victoria Park Community Centre

Join VPCC in exploring the deadly inventions and innovations from Australia’s First Peoples, The First Scientists. First Nations people have used what we now call science for over 65,000 years to adopt lessons learnt from the land, sea and sky into their ways of living through stories, song and dance. Sessions cover the six Noongar seasons, innovation, and the balance between humans and nature. The sessions will be facilitated by Dylan Collard, Jayden Boundry and Dylan Shilito.

For tickets, session times, or more information click here.

5. Hologram Printing Competition - University of WA, Saturday 19 August

- ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS)

With the guidance of photonics experts, the hologram printing competition is an exciting event that combines creativity and technology to create personalised holograms. Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to use desktop hologram printing kits and 3D printers to design and print their own unique holograms. This is a free event, but tickets are limited!

For more information and to register click here.

6. National Science Week at Scitech - Scitech Discovery Centre, Weekends

- Scitech

Looking for your next weekend activity? Head to Scitech Discovery Centre to code basic Bee Bots, play a game of Quick Draw! to learn about AI or even help train AI to play noughts and crosses with Menace.

For more information click here.

7. Various activities and event - WA Musuem Boola Bardip, 10 - 20 August

- Western Australian Museum

The Museum are hosting a range of sessions during Science Week suitable for all audiences. Take your family to the Biggest Science Lab Ever! to get hands on with AI and coding, robot construction and find creative ways to help wildlife to thrive in your suburbs. Or head to their Afterlife Bar on a Friday evening to uncover the secrets of Ancient Egypt.

To find session times and register click here.

8. STEM Show and Tell - Hillview Intercultural Community Centre, Saturday 12 August

- The Innovators Tea Party

Celebrate National Science Week with some of WA's women in STEM champions. This event is for WA-based students in years 10-12 interested in learning about how rewarding and exciting a career in STEM can be. Students will have the opportunity to meet with different women working in a range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths fields. These are WA’s technical experts and leaders!

For more information and to register click here.

9. National Quantum and Dark Matter Road Trip - Various locations, 15 and 17 August

- ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics

A team of scientists and science communicators are travelling around Australia and to Perth to deliver an engaging presentation and pub trivia! In the public lecture Dr Jeremy Bourhill will discuss the overwhelming evidence for the existence of dark matter and tell you how Australian scientists are using some of the most advanced sensing technologies to detect it here on Earth. Head to the Albion Hotel in Cottesloe for a spot of pub trivia.

For session times, more information, and to register click here.

10. MicroToons 'Scab' Launch Event - Medina Hall, Friday 25 August

- MircoToons

MicroToons is an animated science cartoon brought to life by artists with autism. The three minute long new animated story MicroToons 'Scab' will premiere in a launch event hosted by 4LifeSkills. A special showcase of the inaugural MicroToons 'Pimple' (that received eight international awards and screened at over 30 film festivals last year) will also be screened. Join the team for the launch of MicroToons 'Scab' with popcorn, exclusive behind-the-scenes and interactive science fun inclusive for all ages and abilities.

To register click here.

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