National Science Week puts Valley under microscope

Alan Scrymgeour leads a Sapphire Coast Marine Society rock platform search during Science Week activities at Greencape in August 2013. Photo: Lyn Scrymgeour.

Alan Scrymgeour leads a Sapphire Coast Marine Society rock platform search during Science Week activities at Greencape in August 2013. Photo: Lyn Scrymgeour.

SCIENCE fans get ready - National Science Week begins on Friday.

The week runs from Friday to August 23, and the Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub will conduct a variety of science and technology activities for the whole community.

The different activities cover such aspects of science as food production, climate change, astronomy, coding and biodiversity. 

In the lead-up to National Science week, conversations with ANU experts on climate, fire and water issues will be held at Bega Library on Wednesday (August 13) from 3-5pm to discuss aspects of climate adaptation relevant to community concerns and interests.

Admission is free, but bookings are essential and can be made at www.climateconversation2014-bega.eventbrite.com 

The official Bega Valley launch of Science Week will be on Saturday from 1-6.30pm at the Bournda Environmental Education Centre. 

Activities will include flora, fauna and beach talks and walks with experts, fish dissection, Wallagoot Lake discovery walk, ClimateWatch talk and walk and a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony with an Aboriginal/natural heritage walk and talk. 

On August 19, join members of the community and an expert from UNSW to learn about some of the Aboriginal science and astronomy of the past at present at Jigamy Farm, near Pambula from 4-7pm. 

One-hour tours through the Panboola Wetlands will be held between 10am-noon on August 21 by local experts who will describe the flora and fauna, particularly the many birds. 

Also on August 21 a science café at the Oaklands Function Centre, Pambula will have talks about the science of food production such as fish smoking, chocolate, coffee roasting, chilli products, beer and wine making and oyster farming. 

If you have ever wanted to know more about how computers and modern devices work go along to the introduction to coding workshop held by CoWS Near the Coast, Bega on August 22 from 4.30-8pm.

Bookings are essential for all activities except the science café and can be made on the Atlas of Life website www.alcw.org.au. 

More information on activities can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au.

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