Sydney Science Trail | Interactive Virtual Science Experience | 15 Aug – 15 Sep 2020

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Sydney Science Trail interactive virtual science experience

The Sydney Science Trail is a FREE online virtual science experience that is available to all children around Australia.

From tiny adventures in the microverse, to a deep-dive into underwater robotics, to a scavenger hunt across Australia and live-panel discussions with some of the country’s biggest names in science such as Dr Karl and Tim Flannery, Sydney Science Trail has an out-of-this-world virtual expedition for budding young scientists.

Starting this National Science Week, for one month (15 August – 15 September), the Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney are inviting children around the country (5-15 years) and their adult friends and teachers to join the virtual quest, exploring essential areas of science – from earth, plants, and animals, to technology and space. The Trail is bubbling over with immersive games, live-stream talks, explosive science shows and tours from world-class scientists and researchers. 

Discover the beautiful treasures and deadly threats of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney in The Living Laboratory 360° virtual tour; beam live to the Coral Sea and uncover its mysterious, briny depths with Exploring Unseen Oceans; gain a timely understanding on how bushfires can be both friend and foe in the Australian Fires – Impacts and Opportunities live panel; and become a certified citizen scientist tracking Australia’s Cane Toad population with your smartphone in the Australian Museum’s Frog ID.

Kids can also explore natural tucker that has been used by First Nations people for thousands of years with Bush Food Experience, locate real dinosaurs living amongst us with I Spy a Wollemi, go on a local Bush Blitz to discover the native species in their own backyards, and then help protect them from disease and pests in the Biosecurity Warrior interactive video game.

On the Trail, children, and teens, together with their teachers or adult collaborators, will have access to Australian science’s top minds. ABC radio’s Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will host an expert panel tackling The Big Questions of Science; conservationist and former Australian of the Year Tim Flannery will provide unique insight on What does Climate Change Means to You?; and future space cadets can join Australia’s very own engineer for a day at the International Space Station in A Day in the Life of ISS Flight Controller Andrea Boyd.

The Sydney Science Trail school program, created in partnership with the NSW Department of Education, explores the theme of adaptation through an immersive, curriculum-linked virtual classroom.

Students can compete against each other in ANSTO’s National Science Week Hackathon and be inspired by an incredible Women in STEM live panel.

Meanwhile, teachers and home-schooling parents can expand their horizons with professional development courses on topics such as incorporating Indigenous perspectives into lesson plans, harnessing outdoor learning activities and many more.

This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week, an annual celebration that excites the inner scientists in all of us.  Sydney Science Trail is also supported by media partner, ABC Radio Sydney.

Register for Sydney Science Trail and join the mission to help planet Earth today.


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Sydney Science Trail website.

What:   Sydney Science Trail

When:    15 August – 15 September 2020

Where:   Online

Who:   Ages 5 – 15

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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