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Science in the community

2017

Find out about some of the inspiring, community-based science initiatives underway in NSW

27 April 2017
The STEM Network

Inspiring Australia has joined the Advisory Group for the STEM Network, a coalition of leading businesses with a commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education in Australia.
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27 April 2017
Genes and Robots

Science of the Local returns for its second event of 2017 looking at molecular biology and robotics. Springwood and Winmalee Neighbourhood Centres invite all Blue Mountains and Western Sydney residents to join exert researchers at Springwood Country Club on Sunday, May 21 from 2:30 pm.
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27 April 2017
New STEM Learning Hub

With the support of Samsung, the new Bright Spots Schools Connection STEM Learning Hub will kick-start STEM education for low socio-economic schools across Australia, offering access to the latest technology, professional development and STEM-specific training.
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27 April 2017
Innovation and Science Australia

The Office of Innovation and Science Australia has been established to support the Innovation and Science Australia board announced in 2016.
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27 April 2017
Apply for a maker project grant

Inspiring Australia is offering community groups of all kinds support of up to $20,000 towards Maker Projects.
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27 April 2017
Understanding the fourth industrial revolution

The Committee for Economic Development recently held a business lunch in Sydney that addressed the theme of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
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27 April 2017
Science Statement Released

Australia's National Science Statement was released in March 2017 and identifies science as one of the critical elements for Australia to deliver new sources of growth, maintain high€‘wage jobs and seize the next wave of economic prosperity.
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13 March 2017
Neural Knitworks goes to Cambridge

Neural Knitworks is a collaborative art/science project about mind and brain health that originated in National Science Week. Its first exhibition at Sydney’s Hazelhust Regional Gallery in 2014 sparked a neural network that now reaches across the globe, and next week, community members in Cambridge will have the opportunity to create textile neurons as they discuss the brain with leading neuroscientists.
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13 March 2017
Blue Mountain Bats

Bat events are popping up all over the place in coming months as part of the Australasian Bat Night designed to debunk the myths and fears associated with bats.
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13 March 2017
Science at the Local returns

Springwood and Winmalee Neighbourhood Centres again invite community members in the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney to Science at the Local, to be held at the Springwood Country Club on Sunday 12 March from 2:30 pm.
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13 March 2017
Walks and talks in the Northern Rivers

The Northern Rivers Science Hub’s 2017 Science Walks, Science Talks program is up and running! First up is a brand new edition of last year’s successful Science in the Pub event series.
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13 March 2017
Little Bangs in the Library

The Little Bang Discovery Club is a pre-school STEM initiative developed by Children’s Discovery Museum in partnership with the Randwick City Library service.
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14 February 2017
2017 National Science Week Grant Recipients

Six NSW projects have won grant funding from Inspiring Australia for National Science Week including the popular Indigenous Science experience at Redfern, Science in the Swamp at Centennial Park and an all ages event at Sydney Opera House presented by UNSW's Big Questions Institute that will explore the latest scientific thinking on the origin of life on earth and how this research applies to NASA's Mars 2020 Rover project. Two science festivals in the Riverina and Snowy regions will also receive grant funding and the University of Sydney will mark the 20th anniversary of the science fiction film Gattaca with free public screenings and talks.
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14 February 2017
Multisensory music

Dr Helen Mitchell is a musician who studies performers and performance. She’s interested in how people describe, remember and judge sounds, in particular when listening to a music performance. Helen will be joined by flautist Naomi Robinson in a free lunchtime event on Tuesday 14 February at City Recital Hall to discuss the complex interplay between sight and sound and how we listen not just with our ears, but also our eyes.
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14 February 2017
Star Stuff launches in Byron Bay

Star Stuff is a brand new astronomy festival that will be held in Byron Bay in June 2017. With a stellar lineup of speakers that includes Dr Karl, Dr Alan Duffy, Dr Katie Mac, Dr Fred Watson and Dr Duaine Harmacher, Star Stuff has been created by a local digital designer and astrophotographer Dylan O’Donnell. Find out how Dylan’s passion for astrophotography has inspired him to create a unique new science tourism offering for the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
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7 February 2017
Getting girls into maths and STEM

In Year 12, only 6.8 per cent of girls take advanced mathematics, compared with 13.4 per cent of boys, while at university female students account for only a third of mathematics undergraduates and less than a quarter of academic and research staff in mathematics are women. To address this imbalance, CHOOSEMATHS and Science 50:50 are creating mentoring programs which will work to connect role models and mentors with young women to encourage them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
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7 February 2017
Getting hands on with STEM

With a growing number of schools offering interdisciplinary STEM programs, sometimes in partnership with industry, there many case studies available that show how such programs can be highly beneficial to students and teachers alike as they introduce critical thinking skills into the classroom. However, integrating STEM skills as an everyday practice requires new modes of preparation and perseverance by teachers so it is likely that schools will need to take time to find the best model that meets their particular needs..
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7 February 2017
STEM skills for the future

RDA Hunter’s Smart Workforce STEM Conference will again bring together representatives from secondary and tertiary education institutions, industry and key players in the science and technology fields. It’s the second time that this event has been presented in the Hunter region by the ME Program to build stronger partnerships between STEM employers and education institutions in order to improve students’ STEM capabilities.
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7 February 2017
New Science Hub for the Southern Tablelands

Inspiring Australia welcomes a new Science Hub for the Southern Tablelands region of NSW to be convened by Goulburn-based Southern Tablelands Arts. The group’s first foray into science community engagement includes two Neural Knitworks events to be held in Picton and Goulburn. The new Science Hub is also working towards an installation for the illuminARTe Wollondilly Arts Festival and plans to present a Nerd Knights film program in Goulburn later in the year.
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7 February 2017
KU-RING-GAI pH: Art + Science Project

Ku-ring-gai pH: Art + Science Project is an innovative cultural project that provides a unique framework for artists and scientists to collaborate creatively to develop new artworks responding to the natural environment, cultural heritage and scientific values of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The installations by artists and scientists now on display at Manly Art Gallery and Museum result from twelve months of investigating, experimenting and interrogating ideas and science inspired by the local environment.
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