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Bugs, slugs, dinosaurs and daleks at free science show

This Sunday's Science Alive! event is must for inquisitive minds of all ages

Science Alive

Question: What do bugs, slugs, dinosaurs and daleks all have in common?

Answer: They’ll all be part of the Science Alive! event being held at the UniSA Whyalla Campus on Sunday.

Bonus Question: Is it free?

Answer: Absolutely!

Not only free, this science event is fully hands-on for all inquisitive minds and when you chuck in native animals, robotics, astronomy and the Questacon exhibits that answer all manner of questions, it’s a no-brainer to go along.

Whyalla kids and families obviously love it as our city has again been chosen as one of three to host the science event that attracts up to 30,000 people in Adelaide and last year drew 3000 here in Whyalla.

Event director Brian Haddy said it was a credit to Whyalla that it was again chosen for one of the three regional events with Port Augusta and Mt Gambier the other sites. He said it was even more appropriate for Whyalla this year given the latest good news with the sale of Arrium and some of the new technological advances that may occur at our steelworks in the coming years.

“We always sit down and ask ‘where do we go next year?’ and we get such strong support from Whyalla, we keep coming back,” Brian said.

“It’s a feather in the cap for Whyalla and probably even more appropriate this year with the renewed optimism in the city.

“This may only be a starting point for science but it is scientific literacy and knowledge that may go a long way to helping kids to be ready when there are advances in science and technology in local industry.”

For now, however, it just sounds like good, hands-on fun for all the family and for kids from any age.

It will all start with making slime for the little kids to the physics puzzlers the Questacon exhibits will answer to programming a robot.

“The kids can make their own slim and take it home with them,” Brian said.

“The older kids can work in pairs to program a robot, basically working on a computer they’ll be able to tell these robots what to do and they’ll do it.”

The Whyalla Astronomical Society will also be there with their telescopes as we ponder the stars too.

The Science Alive! event goes from 10am to 3pm at UniSA Whyalla Campus on Nicolson Street in Whyalla Norrie on Sunday, September 10, with free admission. For more information go to sciencealivesa.org.au or the Facebook page ScienceAliveSA.

 

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