Science on Saturday fun for Caloundra
The Queensland Government's popular Science on Saturday program is coming to Caloundra, giving local youngsters a chance to enjoy activities like making slime.
Regional Development and Industry Minister Desley Boyle said the six-week program starts on 13 October and was aimed at 7-14-year-olds.
"This is an interactive program, showing that science is fun, interesting and relevant to almost every aspect of our lives," Ms Boyle said.
"Scientists are at the forefront of new discoveries and new technologies in every field, from mobile phones to medicine, from aviation to art restoration.
"The sessions are really engaging. Kids learn how toys are designed, make their own weather measuring instruments, look at life as an astronaut and experiment with food.
"It's about inspiring the next generation to develop an interest in science. We must ensure Queensland's growing reputation in research, education and innovation continues into the future."
Ms Boyle said Science on Saturday, which was run by the CSIRO, featured six 90-minute sessions held over six consecutive weeks. Participants can sign up for the full program or attend individual sessions that interest them.
Topics include: toy science; construction science; food chemistry; science in space; slime time; and weather scientists
"The slime-making activity is really popular. Kids have a ball making different types of slime with ingredients like instant pudding mix and chewing gum," Ms Boyle said.
"And by making different slimes, they learn all about fluids and polymers and how these are used in everyday products like paints, plastics and soap."
Science on Saturday activities will be held at Our Lady of the Rosary School. Juniors (7-10 years) are on from 10am-11.30am and Seniors (10-14 years) from 12.30pm-2pm.
Ms Boyle said more than 15,000 young Queenslanders had attended Science on Saturday sessions since the program began in 2004.
"I urge parents to sign their children up, particularly if they show an aptitude or interest in science - this could be the first step in a rewarding career for them," Ms Boyle said.
Bookings are essential. Places cost $6 per session prepaid or $9 on the day. For more information or bookings, visit www.csiro.au/sos or call 1300 302 649.
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