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National Science Week

A week of intrigue and wonder is on the way this month, as science takes centre stage in schools, cinemas and at Darwin Festival for the 2019 National Science Week.

Ever wondered what Darwin could look like in 2050? Ever wanted to dive down and explore the reefs of the Solomon Islands? Or perhaps you’d like to journey to Canada to experience the ‘Toronto of tomor-row’? Well, thanks to virtual reality (VR) technology, you can. 

Presented as part of the 2019 Darwin Festival program to coincide with National Science Week, Shifting Realities allows audiences to experience the devastating effects of climate change and experience the world from a First Nations perspective. Also showing as part of the Festival program is Air Race, inspired by the incredible true story of the 1919 Air Race from London to Darwin.

Marvel at the moon and stars with a 3D outer space experience in Starlab’s Cosmodome Science Theatre & Planetarium at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Experience 3D depictions of our solar system, moon phases, eclipses and tidal rhythms, combined with surround-sound effects – it’s the closest you’ll get to 'outer space' without having to leave Earth.

Scinema International Science Festival screens at Casuarina Senior College, with a host of short films from all corners of the planet, set to intrigue and inspire. Build a hydraulic arm and learn how to use it or paint some wildlife nest boxes – there are so many things to do.

Plus, star-gazing nights and rocket workshops are popping up across the Territory in the communities of Hermannsburg, Tennant Creek, Bulman and Borroloola. Get out there and get your science on!

National Science Week SAT 10 – SUN 18 AUG | scienceweek.net.au/events | darwinfestival.org.au

Image: Florence falls star trails by Patch Clapp.

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