Science Festival Ignites Museum

08 August 2013


The South Australian Museum is set to showcase the jewels of its research as National Science Week fever sweeps the country next week.

The festival is designed to ignite public passion for science in fields such as mineralogy, biology, innovation, engineering and technology and help the community understand how important these industries are for our society.

The South Australian Museum will host a series of programs to inspire and delight our visitors. More than 1000 events are taking place in other museums, science centres, schools and universities across the country.

With the number of upper secondary school science students falling dramatically – particularly among girls – the Museum wants to encourage activities that recapture this group of young, bright minds and show them the rewarding pathways that exist in scientific careers.

Acting Director at the South Australian Museum, Professor Andrew Lowe, says “We are extremely proud to be part of an important community of parents, teachers, scientists and educators who are all working together to make science relevant and interesting for children.

“Through our many programs we seek to provide students of all ages with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with scientists to find out what inspired them to take up science and where their science careers have led them. National Science Week is a wonderful opportunity to make more of these opportunities and to put science squarely in the national spotlight.”

Family looking at a science display case in the Museum.

The Museum will host an exciting series of events for all ages.


The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

20 July to 8 September, 10am-5pm
South Australian Museum, Ground Floor
$10 Adults, $7 Concession, U16 free

The Waterhouse is a prestigious international competition that challenges artists to tell the stories of natural science using a range of media. Entrants explore the processes and discoveries of every scientific discipline in creative and unlimited ways. The stunning exhibition features finalist and winning artworks including Youth Prize entrants.


Refreshing Science

14 August, 6pm 
South Australian Museum , Pacific Cultures Gallery, Mezzanine
18yrs+, Free

The University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Sciences, with South Australian Museum, is holding a free over-18s event with wine and nibbles that will entertain and engage the community with a fast-paced presentation. It is aimed at wowing the audience and showing the value of science in our lives – and some of the controversies and mysteries. Registration is essential by email or call 08 8313 4325.


The Information Centre

Daily, 11am-4pm weekdays, 11am-3pm weekends
South Australian Museum, Level 1

The Information Centre on Level 1 is the place to go to get your questions answered! Our team knows all about our exhibits and can even help identify any specimens you bring in. If you do manage to stump them with a particularly tricky question, they have our expert scientists to call on to help find the answer. Take a trip to the Information Centre and take a look into a secret world with our microeye, watch our bees busily making honey, or just enjoy the fun, hands-on experience.


Mobile Museum

Science Alive! Careers Day

9 August, 9am-3pm
Goyder Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds

The Science Alive! Careers Day is a great opportunity for high school students and their teachers to be immersed in a wide range of science-related activities for a half day or a full day. It involves a mixture of careers presentations, science shows and interactive learning opportunities provided by more than 30 science-related organisations including the South Australian Museum and the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy.


Science Alive!

10 & 11 August, 10am to 4pm
Goyder Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds

Science Alive! is Australia’s largest science expo event with spectacular science and interactive fun across a wide range of scientific disciplines, from medical sciences to astronomy to environmental science and engineering and much more. As special guests of the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy, a team from the South Australian Museum will be onsite with dig pits, collection items and lots of fun stories!


Schools' Program

STEM Studio

13 August, 9:45am – 2:15pm
South Australian Museum

STEM Studio is free one-day event that encourages female high school students to consider taking up science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) study and careers paths. Students from Years 8/9 will spend the day at the South Australian Museum and get an exclusive view into the work of the Museum and Flinders University. Generously supported by Flinders University and BHP Billiton.


Science as a Human Endeavour

12-16 August, 10am-3pm
South Australian Museum

Students will examine scientific drawings from the Museum’s archives and learn more about science as a human endeavour. Engage your students in scientific inquiry and observation while working with a specialist scientific illustrator to draw and describe specimens from the South Australian Museum’s diverse collections. This workshop will provide opportunities for students to use scientific drawing to understand animal classification and adaptation and how that knowledge can be applied in a real-life context. The program includes a performance by Heaps Good Productions and a visit to the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition.