[ASC-list] WA - Curtin Curious Schools Upcoming Events - REALLY EXCITING STUFF STARTING THIS WEEKEND!

Emma Donnelly E.Donnelly at curtin.edu.au
Wed Aug 1 05:34:46 UTC 2012


Hi everyone,
We have a lot coming up in the next few months, please share with your colleagues, students, primary school or high school contacts and anyone else you think might be interested!

For more information check out our new blog at: http://blogs.curtin.edu.au/science-outreach/

Or website: http://science.curtin.edu.au/outreach/

Or contact me!

Science Hub @ Curtin Open Day
Get your hands dirty and your brain busy. Participate in exciting experiments and discover more about Curtin science.

You can also talk to the Primary Centre for Science Education (PICSE) and find out about careers in the primary industry sciences. Explore the many uses of wool, and discover the different types of orange juice and what makes a 'good' juice.

Date: 5 August 2012
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Location: Curtin University, Bentley (Science Hub will be in the Resources and Chemistry Precinct - building 500)
Cost: free
More information: http://openday.curtin.edu.au<http://openday.curtin.edu.au/>
RSVP: not required

Giant Science – world record attempt – WE NEED YOU!
To celebrate National Science Week we are going to attempt a world record for the most people participating in a chemistry experiment (we need to beat 801!). By registering to attend you go into the draw to win a sciencey food hamper. Come along and join My Kitchen Rules Scientists Emma and Andrew in some record-breaking science!

Date: 15 August 2012
Time: 12.30pm to 2.00pm
Location: Curtin Stadium, Curtin University, Bentley
Cost: free
More information: http://giantscience2012.eventbrite.com.au/
RSVP: http://giantscience2012.eventbrite.com.au/

The Chamberlain Case: A Case Study in Forensic Science
The Chamberlain Case had a significant and profound effect on the practice of forensic science in Australia. Join Simon Lewis, a national award-winning lecturer and forensic researcher and his father, Lieutenant Colonel Roger Lewis, as they investigate the forensics behind the long running mystery surrounding the death of Azaria Chamberlain.

Date: 15 August 2012
Time: 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Location: Curtin University, Bentley (Resources and Chemistry Precinct - building 500)
Cost: free
More information: http://science.curtin.edu.au/outreach/community.cfm
RSVP: spaces are limited; please book your seat via http://curtinforensicslecture.eventbrite.com.au/ or phone Curtin Events Line on 08 9266 2563

Southwest Super Science Spectacular
Curtin Science Outreach will be set up in the school lab at this Science Expo. For those in the South - come along and get your hands dirty and your brain busy. Participate in exciting experiments and discover more about Curtin science.

Special guest speakers at the Science Spectacular include Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki and Ruben the surfing scientist.

Date: 18 August 2012
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Location: Ocean Forest Lutheran College, 133 Norton Promenade, Dalyellup (10 minutes from Bunbury).
Cost: free
More information: http://www.mysouthwest.com.au/Events/Detail?event_id=8235
RSVP: not required

Curtin PICSE - Science Investigation Awards
The Science Investigation Awards involve high school students investigating a science question of their choice through designing, conducting and reporting on a series of scientific experiments.

The PICSE Curtin Science Investigation Awards 2012 are being promoted in schools throughout the Perth metropolitan area.  Many students will benefit through conducting their own scientific investigations and displaying them at the Science Investigation Awards.

The 2012 Science Investigation Awards will take place at the Resource and Chemistry Precinct (Building 500), Curtin University on Tuesday 28 August, 2012.

Curtin Scientists present at Lecturesaurus Series @ Scitech
Visit Scitech’s Explor-a--saurus Exhibition and see Curtin Scientists present some amazing talks.

Why is a duck a dinosaur?
Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops haven't walked the planet for 65 million years, but are dinosaurs all extinct? In this entertaining lecture, Associate Professor Kate Trinajstic will dissect a barbecue duck to show that avian dinosaurs are alive and well today.

Fossils are the main tool of palaeontologists to learn more about prehistoric plants and animals.

Kate will discuss how her own research on fossil fish helps reveal how they evolved over time. Similarly, the fossil record shows that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic period and were the only dinosaurs to survive mass extinction.

Kate is an ARC QEII fellow at the Department of Chemistry at Curtin University and an expert in vertebrate palaeontology and fossil fish. In 2005, she and her team discovered that fish living 380 million years ago in the Gogo Barrier Reef in the Kimberley Ranges actually gave birth to live young, with a preserved mother fish fossil showing an intact embryo and umbilical cord. In 2010 she was awarded the Malcolm McIntosh Award for Physical Science at thePrime Minister’s Science Prizes ceremony for her groundbreaking work on preserving fossilised fish.

Date: 4 September 2012
Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm (doors open 6.00pm)
Location: Scitech
Cost: $5 per person (this includes time in the Explore-a-saurus exhibition - open before and after the lecture)
Audience: General public – bit not pitched to young children
To book: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=28618

Ancient volcanoes and asteroids: Where did the dinosaurs go?
Dinosaurs ruled the planet for hundreds of millions of years. So what dramatic change occurred nearly 66 million years ago to cause their mass extinction? Perhaps the shower of dust from an asteroid impact blocked out the light from the sun. Perhaps volcano emissions resulted in a change in climate.

There is much debate over these topics, and at this lecture, geochronologist Dr Fred Jourdan will guide us through the myths and facts. He will discuss evidence for such volcanoes and asteroid impacts, as well as studies of other mass extinctions, and show us how several factors probablycontributed to the dinosaurs’ demise.

Fred is a Senior Research Fellow at the John de Laeter Centre of Mass Spectrometry and Department of Applied Geology at Curtin University. He is also the Director of the Western Australian Argon Isotope Facility, dedicated todating Earth processes using argon geochronolology. Fred uses chemistry to study large volcanic provinces and impact events, in order to discover their relationship with mass extinctions.

Date: 24 September 2012
Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm (doors open 6.00pm)
Location: Scitech
Cost: $5 per person (this includes time in the Explore-a-saurus exhibition - open before and after the lecture)
Audience: General public – bit not pitched to young children
To book: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=29818

Emma Donnelly

Science Outreach Coordinator | Faculty Science and Engineering

Curtin University
Tel | +61 8 9266 1021
Fax | +61 8 9266 2021
Office | Building 311 Room 117

Email | e.donnelly at curtin.edu.au<applewebdata://7F2B93E1-E3F9-48E4-9CA7-6BA57BE6EE67/e.donnelly@curtin.edu.au>
Web | http://science.curtin.edu.au/outreach
Postal address | GPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia, 6845

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