The Trail features more than 50 pit stops to visit along the way and is bubbling over with immersive games, virtual panel discussions with Australia’s pre-eminent scientists, explosive science shows, and tours from world-class scientists and researchers.
Discover the beautiful treasures and deadly threats of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney in The Living Laboratory 360° virtual tour; beam live to the Coral Sea and uncover its mysterious, briny depths with Exploring Unseen Oceans; gain an understanding on how bushfires can be both friend and foe in the Australian Fires – Impacts and Opportunities live panel, and become a certified citizen scientist tracking Australia’s Cane Toad population with your smartphone in the Australian Museum’s FrogID.
Learn about natural tucker that has been used by First Nations people for thousands of years with Bush Food Experience, locate real dinosaurs living amongst us with I Spy a Wollemi, go on a local Bush Blitz to discover the native species in their own backyards, and then help protect them from disease and pests in the Biosecurity Warrior interactive video game.
University of Sydney’s Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will host an expert panel tackling The Big Questions of Science; conservationist and former Australian of the Year Tim Flannery will provide insight on What does Climate Change Means to You?; and future space cadets join Australia’s very own engineer for a day at the International Space Station in A Day in the Life of ISS Flight Controller Andrea Boyd.
The Sydney Science Trail school program, created in partnership with the NSW Department of Education, will include over 30 school sessions, inviting students and teachers to explore the theme of adaptation through an immersive, curriculum-linked virtual classroom.
Teachers and home-schooling parents can expand their professional development with courses on topics such as incorporating Indigenous perspectives into lesson plans, ideas for more outdoor learning activities, and many more.
This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week, an annual celebration that excites the inner scientists in all of us.
Sydney Science Trail is also supported by media partner, ABC Radio Sydney.
What: Sydney Science Trail
When: Saturday, August 15 to Tuesday, September 15 2020
Where: Online at www.sydneysciencetrail.net.au
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