National Science Week: Dr Karl leads free interactive talk

AUSTRALIA’Ss favourite science guru Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM will kick off National Science Week in Parramatta with a free interactive online talk as part of Sydney Science Festival 2021.

On Sunday, August 15, Dr Karl will answer the audience’s burning science questions and Deadly Science founder Corey Tutt will celebrate the scientific contributions of First Nations Australians in live talks presented by the City of Parramatta and the Powerhouse Museum.

“The City of Parramatta is a hub of scientific excellence and every year our community looks forward to our unique offerings for National Science Week,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.

“We are proud to partner with the Powerhouse Museum on a dynamic Sydney Science Festival program that people can enjoy and engage with, no matter where they are during lockdown.”

The Sydney Science Festival is produced by the Powerhouse Museum. This year it runs from 14-22 August during National Science Week.

Dr Karl said: “Parramatta is loaded with really smart people. (I know, I’ve met heaps of you – Westmead Institute, Western Sydney University, the schools I’ve visited, and many more). I can’t wait to hear your questions and comments.”

Corey Tutt said: “Education is the freedom and ability to create, dream and grow. To be the Sydney Science Festival 2021 Ambassador is a huge honour because you can’t be what you can’t see. I hope every young Deadly scientist and their family joins me in loving all that is the magic of science.”

For more National Science Week online excitement, the City of Parramatta Libraries are offering a live science-themed Story Time session, as well as a series of videos showing how people can make invisible ink, bath bombs and slime at home. Trivia lovers can also test their knowledge of Parramatta in a science quiz hosted by the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.


PROGRAM

Sydney Science Festival 2021 talks presented by the City of Parramatta and Powerhouse Museum

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM – ‘Great Moments in Science’

Explore the wonderful world of science with Dr Karl as he tackles some of today’s biggest ideas and answers the audience’s questions.

When: Sunday 15 August, 3-4.30pm

Cost: Free


Corey Tutt – ‘Our Deadly Science’

First Nations Australians have the world’s longest continuing culture, passing on the lessons of land, sea and sky to future scientists through stories, song and dance. Corey Tutt, a proud Kamilaroi man and the Sydney Science Festival 2021 Ambassador, will deliver the festival’s keynote address.

When: Sunday 15 August, 5-6pm

Cost: Free


City of Parramatta Council events

Science Week Story Time

Join City of Parramatta’s library staff for a live science-themed Story Time session. Read a science-based picture book, sing songs and rhymes, and learn a few fun facts.

When: Thursday 19 August, 10.30–11am

Cost: Free


Kids Kitchen Science

Ever wanted to learn how to make slime, scented bath bombs or invisible ink? City of Parramatta’s library team will demonstrate in a series of fun videos.

When: Videos available from Monday 16 August.

Cost: Free


Science AT Parramatta Online Trivia Quiz

From agriculture and archaeology to biology and botany, your knowledge of Parramatta will be put to the test in the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre’s live trivia quiz.

When: Sunday 22 August, 2-3pm

Cost: Free


For the full program and to register, visit: discoverparramatta.com/scienceat

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