Sapphire Coast Science Festival – August 15 to 22, 2015
This year we are again offering you a host of fascinating activities and events to get you involved in science in many ways.

Have a read through the event details below and then go to the Eventbrite booking site to secure the places for the activities you want to join. Print your program here:  Science Festival 2015 program

The Sapphire Coast Science Festival (SCSF), is a week-long celebration of science in the Bega Valley Shire. The week is conducted through the Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub partners and will deliver high-profile science engagement activities which will provide opportunities for the entire community to participate.
Events that will be run by the Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub during the SCSF in Science Week 2015 are as follows:

The Wonders of Wallagoot 

Science Week Launch at Bournda EEC
Program – Saturday 15th August 2015
12:30pm Welcome to Country/Smoking Ceremony

1:00 pm Session 1 Workshops

2.15 pm Session 2 Workshops

3.30 pm Afternoon Tea

4:00 pm Session 3 Workshops

5:00 pm Conclusion/Evaluation – Main Building – Bournda EEC

5:15 pm Close

Printable details: Wallagoot programAug3        Workshop summary Aug 3

1 The Wonders of Wallagoot
Saturday August 15  The 2015 Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub Launch will focus on the fascinating features of Wallagoot Lake, an Intermittently Closed-Open Lake or Lagoon (ICOLL) much loved by locals for its recreational and conservation values. Wallagoot Lake, a listed nationally significant wetland (NSW127) has a rich history of Aboriginal occupation. This event will be hosted by Bournda Environmental Education Centre at 
Scotts Bay Road, Bournda National Park, Kalaru NSW.

There will be 9 workshops with a focus on the science of estuaries:  Specialists will lead explorations for the public and training workshops for Atlas members to help everyone see and identify different species groups. If you want to know more about what makes Wallagoot work, get yourself and your friends to the Wonders of Wallagoot!

12:30 – 6:15pm  All ages very welcome, Free entry, 
 Bookings required.

2 Dive into Information Technology

Sunday August 16 Be inspired by some of our local IT experts – let them lead you into a fun exploration of some of the mysteries of IT This event is run by IntoIT at CoWs near the Coast, Bega
209 Carp St, Bega NSW

Morning and afternoon sessions covering:
10:00 – 11:30 am Introduction to Scratch – an easy to use programming environment

12 – 1:30pm a workshop featuring:

Things to do with Mindstorms Robotics Kit

Chips and Motherboards – some basic computer assembly
Wordpess – easy ‘DIY’ website maintenance
General training in programming ( Java, Ruby, Clojure)

2:00pm – 5:00pm Minecraft “Building Programme” (Group play)

Parents and children welcome, Free entry, 
Bookings required, places limited to 20

Bring your own laptop if you can

3 Aboriginal astronomy
Sunday August 16 at Oaklands event centre, Pambula 3546 Princes Highway, Pambula NSW

William Stevens from the University of NSW, a presenter at the Sydney Observatory, will be speaking on Aboriginal peoples’ use of the night sky – their astronomy. He will describe how various groups saw the sky; tell of some of their dreamings and how the night sky was vital to both their physical existence and their belief systems. Hopefully the weather will allow for some guided viewing of our night sky after the presentation.                                                                                                                                                                                                          From 5.30pm
 Ages 10+, Gold coin donation
 Bookings required

4 Science in film

Monday August 17 at the Picture Show Man, Merimbula, 
80 Main St Merimbula, NSW
Age: 15+, $18 – Adult, $14 – Concession.
Bookings required

A film night at the local cinema with talks on science in film and then showcasing a great sci-fi film

Enjoy science on the big screen with the classic sci-fi film – Blade Runner.

In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans. In Los Angeles, 2019, Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specializes in terminating replicants. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when four replicants escape from an off-world colony to Earth.

5 History of the Coast- Twofold Bay Cruise, Cat Balou

Tuesday August 18th at 9:30am from the Cat Balou wharf at Eden

Explore the history of coast with a cruise around the beautiful Twofold Bay. Join Bruce Leaver to discover why the coast is there in the first place? Why are there three sacred mountains standing so prominently the landscape? Why the distinctive beautiful coastal lakes? Enjoy the beauty of nature as you learn more about the geology and history that makes our coast unique and beautiful. And while sailing make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the myriad of marine wildlife that inhabits our waters, including dolphins, sea birds, seals and maybe even a whale or two.

All ages welcome, cost $65 (pay Ros Butt) , booking essential

Nighttime at the Aquarium
Tuesday August 18th at Merimbula Wharf Restaurant and Aquarium, Wharf Road, Merimbula 5:30pm

Things are different at night and this is a special opportunity to see the night creatures of the coast up close. You will be taken on a guided tour with ultra violet torches and  Michael McMaster, Chief Curator at the Aquarium will help you see all the wonders of the marine nightlife. David Hannan local hero and internationally recognised ocean photographer(eg. Coral Dreaming) is making a film for us from his extraordinary archives.

Sally and Anthony are giving us dscounted entry to the Aquarium and there will be one of their lavish finger food suppers. Aquarium entry is being subsidised by both the Aquarium (thanks Sally/Anthony) and Inspiring Australia many thanks) so entry will be free, supper $30 or $16.50 for children’s meals per person

Please book your places through Eventbrite  and pay direct into the Marine Society  bank   BSB: 032 704   Acc. No. 122547 and let us know: if you are booking for any children.

All ages welcome, bookings essential.

6 Frogwatch at Panboola

Thursday August 20
Come and join us at Panboola as we learn more about our local frogs and how important they are for telling us the level of health of our creeks & wetlands.
Steve Sass, a leading herpetologist renowned for his expertise on local frog populations, will lead the evening. Learn about frogs and their worldwide threats. Take part in a guided walk around Tips Billabong as we understand how to survey for frogs and learn how to identify various frog species from both sightings and sounds. You will also learn how to promote a frog friendly garden at home.

Organised by  Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project Inc at Panboola Wetlands
Bullara St Pambula, NSW

5.00pm – 7.30pm  
All ages welcome, Free entry
 Bookings required and places limited

7 Science in the Pub
Friday August 21 at Tathra Hotel, Tathra
8-12 Bega St, Tathra NSW
A look at how science is relevant in our regular pub scene, including pool and darts science and the science behind what we drink.

Ages 18+, Free entry
8 Marine Discovery Day
Saturday August 22 run by the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre
 253 Imlay St, Eden NSW

Close of this year’s Sapphire Coast Science Festival at the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre during an Open Day at which there will be activities related to the light and the marine environment to fit with the theme for Science Week in 2015. This includes exciting science presentations from Dr Graham Walker, the Science Show-Off.

10am – 3pm 
All ages welcome, Free entry

Any queries or if you need help in booking, contact our Science Festival organiser Jillian Riethmuller on  phone: (02) 6496 1699  email: