WA: Meet astronomers, Matt the Feral Cat, and a puppet-making workshop

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The following initiatives received funding from the Australian Government’s 2024 National Science Week event grant round. More details for each will be posted closer to the event.

National Science Week in WA

Goldfields Science Week

Western Australian Museum

Meet astronomers in Kalgoorlie. A team from Gingin Gravity Discover Centre will travel 600 km east to the Museum of the Goldfields, allowing locals to learn about astronomy and meet astronomers face to face. The astronomers will provide multiple opportunities for the community to learn about the solar system through participation in the Science After Dark Science Fair, lectures, and two school visits.

This event will give community members the opportunity to use scientific equipment, such as a solar telescope, and promote career opportunities in science. Additionally, the astronomers will provide incursion and excursion education workshops for schools in the Goldfields region.

Project/event location(s): WA

Matt the Feral Cat – Engaging the Community to Protect Native Wildlife (Albany)

Great Southern Bio Logic Pty Ltd

Help prevent the CATastrophe of the harm their feline friends inflict on possums, dunnarts, lizards, and other local creatures in the Great Southern by taking part in workshops and a performance involving the fun and magic of puppetry. This project highlights the threat of cats to native wildlife, the science behind their control, and how we can all protect species. 

In collaboration with the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Great Southern Bio Logic will conduct puppet-making workshops using recycled material, culminating in a musical play about ‘Matt the Feral Cat’ to highlight local species, their threats, and protective measures that can assist their protection through community and scientific collaboration.  Local scientists and Traditional Owners will enhance and extend participants’ understanding of this important topic.

Project/event location(s): WA

2024 STEMathon

St Joseph’s Primary School Waroona

St Joseph’s School Waroona will host a ‘STEMathon’ for people in the Peel region. The STEMathon is a week of facilitated interactive science-related activities conducted in collaboration with industry and community partners, which includes a local Noongar perspective. The program takes a hands-on approach, with activities, experiments, science showcases, and presentations that foster interest and engagement in scientific pursuits by children and the public. It will promote the exchange of ideas between students, parents, volunteers, industry, and the wider community in new and innovative ways by showcasing and celebrating the application of STEM in real life.

Project/event location(s): WA

Augusta Tallinup – The Science of Our Land

Augusta Community Resource Centre (Inc)

Deadly Science, Wadandi knowledge, and inventions inspired by nature feature in a range of free science activities, seminars, and workshops. They are part of ‘The Science of our Land’ at the Augusta Community Resource Centre.

Iszaac Webb, a Wadandi cultural custodian and Chairperson at Undalup Association, will provide a cultural experience including a workshop on traditional methods to produce tools and implements for gathering food and survival, as well as a walk on Country to collect materials for the workshop. Award-winning entrepreneur, author, and inventor, Jay Harman from PAX Scientific, will present a seminar on local biodiversity and his developments in biomimicry, inspired by the natural environment and unique species of Augusta. Augusta Primary School students will also be able to take part in the Deadly Learners Science Program online.

Project/event location(s): WA

Telethon Kids Broome STEM Festival

Telethon Kids Institute

Extract DNA from strawberries, join yarning sessions on First Nation science, and ‘kill’ bacteria with mini beanbags at the second annual Broome STEM Festival. The Festival brings scientists, educators, displays, and activities from the Telethon Kids Institute to WA’s Kimberly region to provide fun, free education sessions for students and community members. The Festival aims to celebrate and highlight scientists from the local region as well as promote science as a potential career opportunity.

Project/event location(s): WA