QV Museum gears up for National Science Week

RARE MINERALS: QVMAG Natural sciences curator David Maynard with a huge amethyst geode that will be on display for Science Week. Picture: Scott Gelston

RARE MINERALS: QVMAG Natural sciences curator David Maynard with a huge amethyst geode that will be on display for Science Week. Picture: Scott Gelston

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery are dusting off their rare minerals, bringing in local scientists, and setting up the telescopes this weekend for National Science Week.

Saturday at the museum will be all about the real-life application of science in our daily lives. Speakers include women in science group Steminists, TasWater, Tamar Natural Resource Management, and more.

The idea is to introduce the public to the processes behind many of the scientific processes taken for granted in our everyday lives, said QVMag curator of natural sciences David Maynard.

“A lot of these groups coming in conduct science that helps to keep the water flowing, to keep the electricity on - you might not notice these guys doing their science, but it does affect us daily,” he said.  

“So here’s a chance to come in, meet the scientists, and do some hands-on activities.” 

There is also the Crazy Scientist show, which Mr Maynard said was sure to be a highlight.

“Everyone should go and see the Crazy Scientist, even the adults will get a laugh,” he said. “It’s great fun.”

Other events include a Skype session with Josh Richards, who has been shortlisted to travel to Mars, and the Planeterium show.

Sunday has a focus on geology, with the museum bringing out the rocks and minerals they usually have in storage out for display.

“That’ll be a fun day for young families,” said Mr Maynard.

“We’ve got gold panning for the kids, we’ve got some of our big geology specimens that are usually stored away in the basement coming out on display, and we’ve got some really cool talks about geology.”

Head down on Wednesday or Friday evening for a Night at the Museum, from 6-9pm.

“The galleries will be darkened and kids can run around with glow-sticks, we’ll have speakers, and they’ll be stars in the night sky that you can come and see through our big telescopes,” said Mr Maynard. 

The Museum is running a special exhibition on spiders at the moment, and kids are encouraged to come to the Night at the Museum nights dressed as their favourite spider. 

My Maynard said the whole week will be an opportunity for kids to sharpen their minds while they participate in fun and creative activities. 

“Kids are naturally inquisitive,” he said. 

“Get them into the museum young. It’s a place that kids can have fun, and also have a really great learning experience. Everyone should love their museum.”

For the full National Science Week program see www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/Events/National-Science-Week-2018.