National Science Week 2018

National Science Week

This year National Science Week is celebrated from 11 to 19 August. City Libraries are holding a Science Spectacular event, a week long celebration of science across our libraries. Meet scientists, do science and explore new technologies, with an action packed program with hands-on workshops and events for the whole family!

Check out some of our featured events below or view the full Science Spectacular program and book online now!

Featured events

Marie Curie

The Element in the Room: A radioactive musical comedy about the death and life of Marie Curie

Marie Curie lived an extraordinary life, and made incredible scientific discoveries in the face of unbelievable odds. This is her story, replete with breathtaking breakthroughs and seriously silly songs. The Element in the Room is an exuberant celebration of the first woman to win a Nobel prize, whose work continues to affect our lives today. The show has won two awards at Adelaide Fringe - make sure you don't miss its first visit to Queensland! Written and performed by John Hinton and Jo Eagle, and Directed by Daniel Goldman. Friday 10 August at Helensvale Library, 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Suitable for ages 8 to 108.
Book online now.

Eddie Woo

Eddie Woo: Reimagining maths

Eddie Woo is a rock star maths teacher and a 2018 Australian Local Hero. Wootube is Eddie's YouTube channel of free videos for learning maths, shot and produced by Eddie Woo.  See Eddie live on stage and find out how he makes learning and mathematics fun for all ages. Monday 13 August at Robina Library 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Book online now.


Aviation workshops with Griffith University

Learn the science, engineering and technology principles behind aviation and making planes fly! Presented by Griffith University's Aviation outreach team. Saturday 11 August at Nerang Library, 9.30am to 11am and Saturday 18 August at Broadbeach Library, 9.30am to 11am. Book online now.

Crazy Science

The magical world of crazy science stage show

Explore the magical world of crazy science at this exciting science stage show, performed by Scientist and entertainer Richard Scholes. Witness giant columns of elephant toothpaste, a genie's appearance from a lamp, massive smoke rings zooming and toilet paper flying, levitations, gigantic bubbles, mountains of slime, billowing concoctions and more! Come and along and enjoy the show on Tuesday 14 August at Helensvale Library, 3.45pm to 4.45pm and Wednesday 15 August at Robina Library, 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Book online now.

Virtual Reality

Immersive virtual reality experiences

Immerse yourself in a fully interactive virtual reality experience. Explore the Titanic, or experience an encounter with a blue whale. Experience this exciting new technology with a short 15 minute immersive experience at various libraries across the Gold Coast.  Facilitated by Gold Coast VR. View times and locations and book online now.

She Flies

Drone aviation workshops with She Flies

Explore what it is like to be a pilot, and learn to fly drones with She Flies. In this workshop you will learn how to program drones, learn about the roles and responsibilities of flying in 'real life' situations, then test your flying skills! Girls are highly encouraged to book. Suitable for ages 9 and over only. Saturday 11 August, 10am to 11.15am and 11.45am to 1pm at Robina Library.
Book online now.

UQ Science Demo

Explore liquid nitrogen with the UQ Science Demo Troupe

Everyone likes to see what is cool and exciting and there is nothing cooler than liquid nitrogen, literally! At 196 degrees below freezing, liquid nitrogen is probably the coldest thing you're ever going to see in your lifetime. The Demo Troupe will demonstrate the weird and wacky science that happens at low temperatures. Saturday 11 August, 9.30am to 10.30am at Runaway Bay Library and 11.30am to 12.30pm at Upper Coomera Library.
Book online now.

Slime Workshop

Slime workshop with Griffith University School of Natural Sciences

Have fun playing with polymers. Learn how to make PVA Glue slime and stress balls out of corn starch goo. Create wriggly worms or ooze filled balls out of alginate slime and play in our tubs of non-Newtonian solid goop. Tuesday 14 August 2.30pm to 4.30pm at Southport Library. No need to book just drop in!

science on the go

Science on the GO! show

A dynamic and highly engaging 60-minute feast of science. The Science on the GO! show encourages student participation and engagement with a series of mind-blowing moments. Thursday 16 August 3.30pm to 4.30pm at Broadbeach Library. Presented by Griffith University. Book online now.

Movie Screening

Movie Screening: The Martian

Come along and watch sci-fi favourite 'The Martian', starring Matt Damon on the big screen at our Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre. The Martian is rated M and is recommended for mature audiences. Book online now or phone 5581 1625.

Featured luminary lectures at the library events

Hear from leading scientists currently undertaking research and making new discoveries in their field.


Robots are coming, ready or not

Robots are set to change the way we live and work. What should we expect and how can we best live with them? Our speaker, Dr Sue Keay, runs the world's first robotic vision research centre. Recognised as Superstar of STEM by Science & Technology Australia, Sue will explore where robot technology is currently at, what we might expect to see in the future and how we can prepare ourselves. Friday 10 August, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at our Southport Library.
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A brief history of the Universe

A brief history of the Universe

What are we seeing when we look at the night sky? Astrophysicist Josh Calcino will explore the early Universe physics, from the formation of the first stars and galaxies. Learn about the formation of structure in the universe, the cosmic dark ages, and observation of the present day Universe. Monday 13 August, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Broadbeach Library.
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Ancient Egyptian Mummies - May they live forever

Ancient Egyptian Mummies - May they live forever

Ancient Egyptian mummies have captured the public imagination for centuries, as if carrying their spirits through time. This lecture explores how and why the Egyptians created these immortal remains, from natural to artificial mummies, and all the gruesome details in between. The evolving scientific techniques for mummification will be discussed, on humans and animals, using the surviving textual record and the rituals from one of ancient Egypt's most iconic objects: The mummy. Wednesday 15 August, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Elanora Library.
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NASA on tour

NASA on tour: Our incredible universe

In our quest to resolve one of the oldest questions - are we alone in the universe? - we have pushed our thoughts, our dreams and our technology ever further to find life on other planets.
This has resulted in an astonishing era of discovery...but, not without some misadventures! Dr Jessie Christiansen, an astronomer in NASA's Exoplanet Science Institute, will present a tour through 400+ years of contemplating, looking for, and ultimately finding planets around other stars. Dr Christiansen will examine some of the more incredibly unexpected planets that populate our galaxy, and discuss some possible surprises the universe might have in store for us. 

Joining Jessie will be Dr Andrew Rushby, a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Ames Research Centre in California, where he studies long-term planetary habitability. Dr Andrew will discuss the potential habitability of newly discovered exoplanets, which they have found using the Kepler space telescope (and other space and ground-based instruments). Thursday 16 August, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at our Robina Library. Book online now.

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.

National Science Week