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Sydney Science Trail

Sydney Science Trail
13 August - 3 October


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Sydney Science Trail is back to celebrate National Science Week from the 13 August to 3 October 2021! There will be experiences for all ages including video games, virtual lab tours, live streamed conversations and science you can do outdoors and in the kitchen. The live program will feature gaming days on Twitch, exploring where the world’s cakes have disappeared to and how to keep Quokka ecosystems stable, whether the science presented in movies is backed up by real research, how scientists are using their skills to solve crimes in detective botany and wildlife forensics, and much more.  

Take the trail and be rewarded for what you discover! Complete the science quiz at the end of each level and receive your badge – see how many you can collect!

Sydney Science Trail is a partnership of the Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, supported by funding from ANSTO, Inspiring Australia NSW as part of National Science Week, University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University and City of Sydney.

Sydney Science Trail is proudly supported by ABC Radio Sydney and the NSW Government Department of Education – DART Connections.

Catch up on Live Events here

If you missed out on the live events or would like the chance to rewatch these fascinating talks and workshops. A series of recordings are now available on-demand and free to enjoy! 

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Sydney Science Trail: Education
 National Science Week
August 16 - 20th 2021

We're unable to deliver in-person excursions for science week but that won't stop kids from learning! We've set up a week long online series for Science Week 2021.

Sydney Science Trail: Education – our week-long, free science festival just for schools – will feature live and on-demand activities, keynote talks by scientists, panel discussions and interactive workshops for both primary and high school students delivered through DART Learning. 

Click here to download the full program.

Program descriptions and booking information

Bush Foods
Monday 16 August, 11:30am

Explore plants used and eaten by Aboriginal people and learn some recipes that you can make at school or home!

Sustainability Superheroes Challenge
Tuesday 17 August, 9:30am

Join us in the ultimate design challenge to collaboratively design a sustainable rainwater system to save crops on a drought-stricken farm!

Street Science
Wednesday 18 August, 2:00pm

Join the team from Street Science as they explore science and food technology, with awesome demonstrations and fun experiments.

Kitchen Chemistry Chaos
Thursday 19 August, 11:30am

Join us on-line from the comfort of your classroom, home or where-ever you are as we take you through some intriguing ideas and use science to help us explain what we think we know. This free workshop will use ingredients commonly found in your kitchen - don't worry we'll send you a materials list prior to the lesson.

Women in STEM
Monday 16 August, 9:45am

Hear from the panel of incredible women in STEM, and their individual journeys that have brought them to where they are today. Follow their amazing research over their careers and get inspired by their work. 

Dr Karl's Great Moments in Future Careers
Tuesday 17 August, 9:00am

Karl’s fun, inspirational talk will cover five main areas in future careers in science, how this will affect students and become important in their future working lives.

  1. Computer and information technology and how computers will be as smart as we are.  
  2. Genetic engineering and how today’s students will ‘live forever’.
  3. Engineering. How we will try to invent things never invented before.
  4. Basic physics. If we get rid of mass, we can travel to the stars at the speed of light.
  5. The environment and what we can do to fix it.

The Great Space Debate
Thursday 19 August, 9:45am

Meet our panel of scientists and learn about what their jobs involve, how they got here, and what they do in their spare time.

My Favourite Scientist (that you won't find in a textbook)
Friday 20 August, 9:45am

The work of so many scientists has been forgotten in history - hear as our panels talk about who should be in your textbooks, and why they're not there in the first place.