Ignite the senses during Riverina Science Festival

Published: 17 Aug 2016 4:11pm

Released 12 August 2016

The line-up of events to celebrate this year's Riverina Science Festival is set to ignite, and excite, all the senses.

Get hands-on and a little bit messy in the Kitchen Science Storytime sessions or gaze through a high-powered telescope to discover the stars above.

Listen to some music and learn the science behind the sounds or tantalise your tastebuds, and learn about the food we eat from a real-life scientist at Supermarket Botany sessions. 

Whether you're a budding scientist or just have a curious mind, the festival, which coincides with National Science Week 2016, has something for all ages and interests.

"When you think about it, science is everywhere, from the oxygen we breathe, to the homes we live in, the devices we use daily, and even our very existence and DNA is due to the wonder of science," Riverina Science Hub convener Christine Bolton said.

"There is so much that can be contributed to science and technology, and no matter our age, there is always something new to learn about, and from, science."

This year is the third anniversary of the Riverina Science Festival and each year it is getting bigger and better. 

"The festival is already creating quite a buzz, with a number of our Council colleagues joining in the fun, we also have some really great local and visiting scientists and science educators on board," Manager Library Services Claire Campbell said.

Charles Sturt University microscopist John Harper, Dave Burraston from WIRED lab and Michael Maher from the Wagga Wagga Observatory are some of the local experts who will share their knowledge during the festival.

Events will be held at a range of venues across the city, including the Wagga Wagga City Library, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga Marketplace and there's even a walk along the city's river banks to learn the engineering behind the levee structure that protects our city in the event of a flood.

The Festival runs from Saturday 13 August to Sunday 21 August and has been made possible through funding from the Australian Government's Science for Australia's Future, Inspiring Australia Programme.