Sapphire Coast Science Week

Logo of the Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub Sustainability Education Network

Friday August 13 to Sunday August 22 ONLINE and LIVE! 

A great opportunity for people of all ages to have engaging, fun experiences with STEM, citizen science, environmental displays, threatened species information, online science and sustainability projects.

If you are interested in science, technology, the environment and sustainability – this is the Science Week program for you.

How do I get involved?

  1. Follow us and other participating organisations (click on logos further below) on Facebook and keep in touch with #scienceweek and #scsf2021
  2. Check out the Science Festival Google Calendar for events. More events are being added every day so keep coming back!
  3. Check out your Science Festival Map (use Google Chrome or similar) below and click on the symbols in the map legend to see what activities are near you.

For further information:

Doug Reckord, Bournda EEC 0428 267 956  

Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness National Science Week Program (Aug 14-21)

You will be blown away by these amazing online opportunities the Atlas of Life is offering for you to learn more about the extraordinary biodiversity and ecosystems of the Far South Coast.  Click on the Atlas logo to your left to register for these zoom webinars and meetings

East Australian Ocean Warming Symposium (Sat 14th); 
Bee Hotels – to Boost Bees after fire (Mon 16th); 
A Celebration – The Atlas of Life and iNaturalist (Mon 16th); 
Glossies in the Mist and Gang-Gang Cockatoos (Tues 17th); 
The Science of Nestboxes (Wed 18th); 
Echidna CSI (Wed 18th); 
Forest Monitoring and Improvement Program (Thurs 19th); 
Life in our cemeteries (Sat 21st)

Sunday 22 August – Bega River and Wetlands Landcare (BRAWL) 

BRAWL is hosting a family-friendly, community engagement event fusing bush tucker education and re-vegetation on the Bega River with indigenous plant species. More details here.

Participants will collect, soak & grind seeds on grinding stones, to cook up a damper for morning tea. This will be followed by a discussion on the agro-technologies used to grow commercial foods locally from indigenous plants, and tree planting of 100 seedlings. The activities will be led by an Indigenous educator.

There will also be an opportunity for participants to examine the impacts of smut fungus on weed species.  You can read about the partnership between BRAWL and CSIRO to introduce leaf-smut fungus to control Wandering Trad along the Bega River

Bega Cheese is a leading Australian owned and operated dairy and food company located in the beautiful Bega Valley, on the south coast of New South Wales. The company was founded as a dairy co-operative in 1899, and many of the current owners of Bega Cheese are the 100 plus dairy farmers.

This presentation will focus on Bega Cheese in general and our sustainability programs both at the farm and manufacturing level.

Schools’ STEM Day at Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre (Schools only) 

These wonderful science hub supporters are providing a feast of STEM and science fun on Friday 13th August, to kick off the Sapphire Coast Science Festival.  We’ve had to make it a closed event to meet Covid-19 requirements but we will see if we can stream some activities to Facebook so that you can have a peek!  You can click on each organisation’s logo to find out about other National Science Week activities they are running. Bournda EEC and the Atlas of Life will also be supporting these activities.

17th, 18th and 19th August – As well as providing support for online activities, Bournda Environmental Education Centre is hosting some student workshops during science week, with the support of the Atlas of Life and Far South Coast Birdwatchers.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions we have had to make them single-school activities and they are booked out but you can have a peek to see what students are up to in National Science Week! Click on the Bournda logo for further information!