Ally Madden at Bournda 2015 Science Week

Ally Madden at Bournda 2015 Science Week

The Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub invites you to celebrate National Science Week 2016 with a variety of fun activities for all ages at the Sapphire Coast Science Festival, which runs from Saturday August 13 through to Sunday August 21.

For events which need bookings to reserve your place go to the Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub link

The week begins on Saturday August 13 with an Atlas of Life celebration at the new Tura Marrang Library when you are invited to share the launch of our easy new app and platform to record your wildlife sightings into the Atlas. See some of the fun and finds from the last few years as we built our Atlas to now over 12,000 records of local species and get help to download the new app and start adding your own animal sightings. Learn about the baby tropical fishes that come to visit us every year and see a slice of David Hannan’s 30 years of amazing ocean film footage that he’s donating to us. Come and play with our great new microscope to see creatures up really close – a butterflies’ wing, ocean plankton, or bring your own specimen to study. Lots of new things to see and try and nibbles too. Bookings not required. Contact: Libby Hepburn 0458 798 990

Sear Urchin photo Georgia Poyner

Sear Urchin
photo Georgia Poyner

The week of science continues on Monday August 15 showcasing the Best of Scinema at the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club. These are interesting,science themed short films from across Australia that are good for scientists and nonscientists alike. From drama to documentaries, animations or epic natural history, Scinema is passionate about the power of the moving image to tell stories about the world, how it works, and our place in it. Free entry, bookings required.  Contact: Doug Reckord 0428 267 956photo Georgia Poyner

For those who want to get muddy and go on a frog hunt we have the popular Panboola Frogwatch happening again on Tuesday August 16.Come and join us after dark to search for them with torches and learn more about how important they are for telling us the level of health of our creeks and wetlands.
Steve Sass, a leading herpetologist renowned for his expertise on local frog popula tions, will lead the evening.
Bookings are required as numbers are limited. This event is weather dependent. Contact: Michelle Richmond, 0400 341 282

rocky shore ramble shellysThroughout the week the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre will run hands on science experiments and activities for visitors of all ages. Just come in and get hands on with slime, water currents and much more. Bookings not required. Activities available with entry to the Discovery Centre. Contact: Jillian Browning 0406 355 996

Enjoy a guided walk on the first section of the Bundian Way Story Trail, from Cocora Beach, Eden to Quarantine Bay on Thursday August 18th.The Bundian Way is an ancient Aboriginal pathway extending for some 350km from the sea at Twofold Bay to Australia’s highest Mountain, Mount Kosciuszko (Targangal). The trail was used by Aboriginal people for many thousands of years for food gathering, ceremony and trade. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. This event is weather dependent. Contact: Angelika Erpic 02 6496 3540

On Friday August 19 test your trivia knowledge at the RSPCA trivia night. The night is only $15 per person with tables of 8. Enjoy a great night out to getting quizzical with lots of prizes to be won. Starts at 7pm and all proceeds for the night go to the Sapphire Coast Volunteer Branch of RSPCA NSW. Tickets available from Club Sapphire, call 0419 267 799 or 02 6495 1306 to book.

quadcopter in flightThe week flies high on Saturday August 20 with drone and quadcopter demonstrations at Panboola wetlands. Watch them fly and learn how these fun things work and are used in scientific research. Contact: Michelle Richmond, 0400 341 282

The week ends on Sunday 21st August with robotics and a bang. Come along to the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) expo at the Bega Library which will be showcasing STEM work from local school students and also amazing hands-on robotics workshops (bookings essential) presented by the talented group from Narooma High School Contact: Liam O’Duibhir 0417 579 079

Dr Graham Walker, the Great Science Show Off

Dr Graham Walker, the Great Science Show Off

And to close out the festival on Sunday 21st August everyone can enjoy the shows presented by the wonderful, explosive Dr Graham, the Science Show Off in the Gulaga Foyer of the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre. Contact: Doug Reckord 0428 267 956

A fun filled week not to miss. (bookings essential for some of the activities)  find us on Facebook.

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week. Now entering its fourteenth year, National Science Week has well and truly cemented itself as Australia’s largest festival, with last year’s calendar offering over 1000 events throughout Australia, reaching an audience of over a million people. The festival is proudly supported by the Australian Government, as well as partners CSIRO, Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC. Event details can be found at For further information please contact Doug Reckord 0428 267 956, Jillian Browning  0406 355 996 or Libby Hepburn 0458 798 990