Want to dance with a robot? See a drone in action? Play with giant bubbles? The Gold Coast will get its very own science centre for one day featuring all that and more.

Chantelle Matches Photography-3To celebrate National Science Week 2016, Education Queensland and Griffith University will host the 2nd Gold Coast Schools Pop-up Science Centre, showcasing science in south east regional primary schools, secondary schools and outdoor and environmental education centres.

This year’s event will be held from 11am to 3pm, Sunday August 14 at Runaway Bay Super Sports Centre, Sports Drive, Runaway Bay.
Last year’s event was a huge success with more than 1000 people attending. Griffith UniversitySTEM Outreach Manager Sally McPhee says the team looks forward to making the Pop-Up Science Centre even bigger and better next weekend.

Chantelle Matches Photography-202“The Pop-Up Science Centre is a free event featuringwhat a science centre would look like if we had one on the Gold Coast and it’s happening over four jam-packed hours,” she says.

Randall Hall, Principal Education Advisor (Science) for the Department of Education and Training Queensland, says there will be even more technology on offer this year.

“This event is showcasing STEM and STEM education in Gold Coast Schools and adding an extra technology flavour to our extremely successful event last year with the inclusion of virtual reality stations, maker and tech spaces, drone and UAV zones and special guests Holoverse and Griffith University life-size robots,” he says.

Chantelle Matches Photography-68Science on the Go! program leader Professor Richard John says there will be plenty more activities held as part of the week’s celebrations.

“The Pop-Up Science Centre is the launch event for National Science Week on the Gold Coast and aims to lift the profile and the importance of STEM in the community,” he says.

The Science on the GO! program began in 2005 and provides Griffith University expertise to school groups, individuals and organisations within the broader science education community.

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