Science at the Museum – National Science Week 2018

A full day science program in partnership with the NSW Department of Primary Industries Bio-security Collections and the Orange Cowra Cabonne Science Hub.

Primary Students – Friday 10 August
60 places available

9.30am-11.30am
Activity 1: Fungi and Bacteria – what’s the difference? – Learn about how fungi and bacteria infect plants and use their water and nutrients to reproduce and spread. Students will work in groups to make their own specimens to take back to class.
Activity 2: Build a Bug – Friends and foes, learn about the anatomy of insects and the different roles they play in plant health.
Activity 3: Apply Your Knowledge – Worksheet activity to bring together knowledge gained during activities.

11.30am-12.30pm: Lunch (students to provide their own lunch)

12.30pm-2.30pm: Screenings from SCINEMA International Science Film Festival 2018. SCINEMA is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere showcasing the best in science cinema from around the world.

Bookings: museum@orange.nsw.gov.au or (02) 63938444

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Secondary Students – Friday 17 August
40 places available

9.30am-11.30am
Activity 1: Meet scientists from the Department of Primary Industries – learn about the scientists work in biosecurity. Session will include a tour of the NSW DPI Science Week exhibition at Orange Regional Museum.
Activity 2: Strawberry DNA Extraction – All living things have DNA. In this hands on workshop extract DNA from a strawberry and learn about how DNA is used in biosecurity and diagnostics.

11.30am-12.30pm: Lunch (students to provide their own lunch)

12.30pm-2.30pm: Screenings from SCINEMA International Science Film Festival 2018. SCINEMA is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere showcasing the best in science cinema from around the world.

Bookings: museum@orange.nsw.gov.au or (02) 63938444

SCINEMA Playlist:
Films will play one after the other. If screening finishes before 2.30pm students will be able to explore the Science Week and Paddock to Plate exhibitions.

SCIENCE MEETS MAKING (Australia) 4:44 mins
By James O’Hanlon
Science is a creative process. Every time you ask a question or run an experiment you are doing something that has never been done before. When presented with a new problem, scientists are given the challenge to come up with finding creative solutions using whatever skills and tools they have at hand.

LOOK (Lithuania) 3:30 mins
By Meinardas Valkevičius
Human activity does not always have a positive effect on our planet. This short animated film explores natural cycles of exchange between humans and animals. Dare to look and change the world.

ASTROTURF (United Kingdom) 1:05 mins
Best Experimental Film
Directed by James Uren
Produced and Written by Nidhi Gupta
Using the strange sounds of recordings of satellites in space, Astroturf juxtaposes the minutiae of human life with the incredible size of our universe. Jury comment: This clever film takes the old adage ‘in space no one can hear you scream’ and turns it on its head.

NATURE CALLS (Australia) 3:00 mins
By Harry Vincent
Nature Calls depicts Mother Nature as a real person walking amongst us. Having ignored her warning signs for many years, we are getting close to the point of no return – without her we will perish

GRASSROOTS (Australia) 19:10 mins
Best Documentary
Directed by Frank Oly
Produced and Written by Tegan Nock
As a soil specialist, Guy Webb has spent years, searching for ways to improve the health of Australia’s degraded farming soils. When he stumbles upon a piece of microbial research that is a breakthrough in soil science, he inadvertently becomes responsible for ensuring that this essential knowledge is not lost. With the help of the farmers around him, he sets himself the challenge to take scientific knowledge and transform it into a practical technology to be used across the globe. Grassroots follows Guy Webb and his friends, unlikely heroes on a quest to bring a genuine climate change solution to the world.

THE KINGDOM – HOW FUNGI MADE OUR WORLD (Australia) 52:00 mins
Best Film
Directed by Annamaria Talas, Simon Nasht (Australia)
Produced by Susan MacKinnon (Australia), Anne Pick, Bill Spahic (Canada)
Hidden from sight is the Kingdom of Fungi that rules life on land. It’s an alien world with the largest and oldest organisms alive today. It was fungi that made life possible on a barren planet and it was fungi that brought life back to Earth after the last mass extinction event. By looking at fungi in the context of evolution and natural history, scientists are making discoveries that will change our lives. Some fungi will save us, others will threaten us and we are just beginning to understand which is which.