With the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the importance of science and research to the community, Australia’s annual celebration of science will take on a new significance this year.
National Science Week, from 15-23 August, is a great chance to bring science to all local residents – to discuss hot topics, do an in-home experiment and celebrate the social and economic impact of science on our nation.
I encourage everyone to get involved – and it’s easier than ever, with many more online and in-home events this year.
We shouldn’t underestimate the importance of science, research and innovation. Well before this pandemic, they were the key drivers of the Government’s plan for a stronger economy. Now they are more important than ever.
Online events, virtual tours and experiences, DIY science, and home-based activities are being held all around Australia, from exploring the wildlife in your own backyard for the Great Aussie BioQuest to virtual reality tours of the Universe. Many schools and workplaces are holding ‘Brain Break’ science-themed morning tea zoom catchups.
Online events can be accessed at www.scienceweek.net.au.
It’s particularly important that we inspire kids to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects – and to understand how working in these fields can make a real difference.
Many of the jobs of the future will require STEM skills and it’s crucial that students are engaged in these subjects through primary and high school.
First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals. Last year 1.5 million people participated in more than 2,050 events and activities.
Information on how to get involved is available at www.scienceweek.net.au.