National Science Week in Parramatta

NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK IN PARRAMATTA

AUGUST 15-23, 2020

During National Science Week each year, the City of Parramatta provides an exciting program of events and activities for the community to enjoy.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, National Science Week will be run online this year. The City of Parramatta has partnered with Western Sydney University to present a dynamic line-up of digital events for Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. 

Check out what’s on offer as part of our National Science Week program below.

Science Week Story Time

Presented by City of Parramatta libraries.

Science-themed stories suitable for 2-6 year olds.  

Discover Science Week Story Time 

Learn more about story time at Parramatta Library.

 



Citizen Science - A discussion with WSU researchers

Presented by City of Parramatta libraries.

Western Sydney University Citizen Science experts Assoc. Professors Ricky Spencer & Julie Old discuss their work and explain how you can help our turtles and wombats.

Watch Citizen Science now

 


 

Nine Ways To Keep Your Brain Healthy As You Age 

Presented by City of Parramatta libraries.

MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development experts reveal practical and evidence-based strategies to keep your brain healthy. The experts cover physical, cognitive, and social aspects of brain health.

Learn about the Nine Ways To Keep Your Brain Healthy As You Age

 


Music & Maths with Dr Andy Milne from Western Sydney University

What connects fractions, bicycle wheels, and social distancing at dinner parties? Music! Dr Andy discusses the fascinating connections between music and mathematics – for children up to 12 years old.
 
Date: Thu, 20 August 2020

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM AEST

Book now
 

 


 

Studio Conversations: Birdlife 

Presented by Parramatta Artists' Studios.

Listen to the latest episode of the Studio Conversations podcast from Parramatta Artists’ Studios, in which artist Tully Arnot and WSU Ecologist/Ornithologist Julia Ryeland will discuss local bird life from the perspectives of art and science.

Listen to Birdlife now

 


 

Distilling Scents with Artist Yasmin Smith

Presented by Parramatta Artists' Studios.

Local artist Yasmin Smith will reveal how she creates her art by collecting and distilling materials from Parramatta River. 

Watch Distilling Scents with Artist Yasmin Smith


 



Babylab - with WSU MARCS Institute 

Presented by City of Parramatta libraries.

MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development experts discuss early childhood language and communication development in the Babylab webinar. 

The experts have also created a new communication checklist for Australian children under three. Parents can fill out a survey and receive a report about their child’s communication, which is a great tool to kick start a conversation about your child’s communicative development.

Access the Babylab webinar here

Access the Infant Vocabulary Checklist here

 


 


Author Talk: In Conversation with James Bradley

Presented by City of Parramatta libraries.

Amy Heap interviews popular Australian novelist James Bradley about his new book which touches on science in many ways.

Live streaming 6:30 pm 20th August. Book to join the Zoom session here


 



Written in the Stars: Astronomy in Parramatta 

Presented by City of Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.

Take a virtual tour of the history of astronomy in Parramatta, and learn about the story behind the construction and operation of Governor Brisbane's observatory.

Explore Written in the Stars: Astronomy in Parramatta


 


Pandemic in Parramatta 1919 and 2020: A historical reflection  

Presented by City of Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.  

An online exhibition about Parramatta in two pandemics, one hundred years apart. Explore archival correspondence files relating to the Pneumonic Influenza, or "Spanish Flu’ of 1919

Explore Pandemic in Parramatta online exhibition


 



Riverkeepers – All about eels

Presented by City of Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.

Interactive program about eels for small children – all about how they migrate, live, and their history in Parramatta. 

BOOKED OUT

 


 

Planting Patience – live streamed science lesson 

Presented by Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library.

Join us on the Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library Facebook page for a live-streamed science lesson!

Learn about plants and and hone your green thumb (for 5-12 years). 

Date: Wed, 19 August 2020

Time: 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM AEST 

Book now

 


 

Parramatta Libraries Recommended Science Reads 

City of Parramatta Libraries have a great range of science and science-fiction books available, suitable for kids from 5-15 years old. The collection of books include fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels. 

Find out what the recommended science reads are here

 



Little Bang Discovery Club 

Check out the series of four videos presented by Wendy from the Children's Discovery Museum. Try out the fun science experiments using materials from around your home. (Suitable for preschool children and their caregivers). 

Session 1: Collecting and Classifying 
Learn how to sort toys and socks, go on a treasure hunt, and make a collection. 

View Session 1 here

Session 2: Measuring and Recording 
Learn about the lengths of items and measure children's height. Make a coat-hanger balance for weighing items around the house. 

View Session 2 here

Session 3: Experimenting 
A whole host of experiments - the Joys of Attraction, Musical Coat Hanger, Sink and Float and Sink and Salt. 

View Session 3 here

Session 4: Science Fair
In this final session we discuss the science behind our discoveries so far and try out some more experiments - Disappearing Pencil, Magnifying with a Glass of Water, Kissing Balloons and Raw or Boiled? 

View session 4 here

 

For more online events and activities, check out Western Sydney University’s National Science Week program