[ASC-list] WA: Curtin Science - loads of activities and events coming soon!

Emma Donnelly E.Donnelly at curtin.edu.au
Mon Jun 23 05:16:44 UTC 2014

Exploration Geology and Keeping Australia Prosperous

Dr Rob Hough, exploration geologist at CSIRO, will preset on how the geologists also need detective skills.

Just a small proportion of Australia’s rich endowment of ore minerals, petroleum and geothermal resources have been processed, a large amount of mineral and energy wealth remains to be found. Early prospectors combed the surface of this ancient land searching for valuable minerals, the geology that was visible on the surface was then mapped, but in the 21st century we need to see through the surface and map below.

Rob is an investigator, of sorts, looking for clues that will lead to the discovery of mineral wealth. Exploring bacteria, gases, plants and even termites can provide hints as to the geology under the surface. Other clues are derived from the study of geophysics, such as seismic and electromagnetic surveys and magnetic and gravity studies.

Also taking a bird’s eye view, by attaching sensors to aircraft, can help detect buried ancient river systems and to look for deep anomalies that might be a pointer to where future mines might lie. In this way, geology, chemistry, physics and biology are all important in uncovering buried minerals and energy.

Arguably more is known about the surface of Mars than parts of the planet Earth. It is no surprise then, that some technologies employed by the Mars Rovers are also being used to investigate the unknown realms of our own planet.

For: high school students (or anyone interested)
Date: Wednesday 2 July
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Cost: free
Location: Curtin University
To book: http://curtinatse2014.eventbrite.com.au/


Mildew Mania is back and will be running in term 3.

This year we are changing the program slightly.

In 2014 we have

·      a greater variety of seeds to grow,

·      increased variables to test,

·      videos (available soon),

·      online resources (such a Powerpoint presentations for you to use in your classroom)

·      plus a new website is in development so you can share your results!

2013 saw 903 students from 89 classes across WA involved.

Curtin University would like to invite Wheatbelt schools to help with this ongoing citizen science research project aimed at protecting Western Australia’s barley crops from the damaging effect of powdery mildew disease. This project is run through Curtin’s Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM).

For: Schools
Date: Term 3
Cost: free
Location: Your school
To register: https://mildewmania2014.eventbrite.com.au<https://mildewmania2014.eventbrite.com.au/> before 27 June


The Scholarship Program consists of a free five-day Residential Camp in December, and five days of Industry Placement in January. Following the Industry Placement, students will participate in a Reporting Back Session where they will get to share their experiences with fellow students, parents, teachers, and University and industry mentors. At this event, students receive their scholarship cheque of $300 and a Certificate of Completion for the Program.

For: science students in year 11 and 12
Date: 15 to 19 December 2014
Time: 5-day residential camp
Cost: free
Location: Curtin University
For more info or to apply: http://www.picse.net/CURTIN/IPS.htm or email picse at curtin.edu.au<mailto:picse at curtin.edu.au>
Applications close on the 19 September.


For anyone who wants to know how to use twitter, but doesn’t know where to begin.

Science is moving at a rapid pace and it's often difficult to keep up with all that's going on, especially for the time-poor. During these hands-on sessions we'll explore twitter (starting from the very basics) and show you how it can help you feed your inner scientist while saving you time. Spend only 5 minutes a day keeping up with the latest science!

As science teachers, educators and advocates, staying in touch, interested and excited about science is a must, otherwise how can we enthuse our next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians?

By the end of these two workshops you'll be signed up, savvy and ready to launch into science using social media.

Date: TBC (September or October)
Time: various
Cost: $45
Location: Curtin University
To register your expression of interest: http://curtintwittereoi2014.eventbrite.com.au


Open Day is your chance to explore the Curtin campus, learn about courses, speak to lecturers and current students, participate in activities and have lots of fun.

For: anyone who is thinking of studying at University
Date: 3 August
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: free
Location: Curtin University
More information: http://openday.curtin.edu.au


National Science Week in running in WA from 16 to 24 August. There are heaps of events, activities and other things on offer to cater for any science interest.  Most things are free.

National Science Week will be launched at the Perth Science Festival on the 16 August. Come along and enjoy talks from Antarctic explorer Tim Jarvis, talks and workshops by Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis, try out some hands-on science, watch science shows and meet people who work in different science-related fields.

All National Science Week events will be registered on the website so you can find those that interest you in your suburb or town. Keep checking to see what’s on.

For: anyone who likes science
Date: 3 August
Time: various
Cost: depends on activity
Location: all over Australia
More information: http://www.scienceweek.net.au/events/


If you have a smartphone, you can join our growing team of citizen scientist meteor hunters by helping our scientists collect vital data about meteors.

When you spot a meteor, report what you observed by using our free smartphone app. Information about when and where you saw it, along with its shape and colour can provide out scientists with important information. With enough reports, we may be able to tell you where in the Solar System your fireball came from and whether it landed on Earth!

To download our FREE app search for “Fireballs in the Sky” in the App Store or Google Play store.

Emma Donnelly

Science Outreach Manager | Faculty Science and Engineering

Curtin University
Tel | +61 8 9266 1021
Fax | +61 8 9266 2021
Office | Building 314 Room 136A

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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