Funding boost has local science festival reaching for the stars

Published: 10 Feb 2017 12:04pm

The Riverina Science Hub Festival is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever thanks to a $20,000 Federal Government Grant.

Coordinated by Wagga Wagga City Library the festival will be held in August 2017 during National Science Week, an Inspiring Australia initiative, for the fourth year running.

In announcing the funding this week the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos said that the Riverina Science Hub Festival will be a part of a national movement.

“Science Week activities are run right across the country to help to inspire Australia’s next generation of scientists and innovators and increase community awareness of science in everyday life,” he said.

Acting Manager Library Services, Christine Bolton, says there will be plenty of new activities and perennial favourites.

“One of the many highlights will be a state-of-the-art mobile planetarium which will send you on a journey through the Milky Way, where festival-goers can discover the wonder of the sun and learn about Indigenous sky stories,” she said.

“There will be a focus on fostering excitement about science with plenty of hands on learning opportunities, the range of events means there is something for everyone.”

Festival line up

  • Astronomy of Hunter Gatherers
  • A Galaxy of Suns
  • My Place in Space, Star Gazing
  • Fishing under the Moon
  • Starr’s Planetarium
  • National Indigenous Science Education Program
  • Temora Aviation Museum –Science of Flight Family Fun
  • Kitchen Science Storytime
  • Fermentation Workshops
  • Microvision, Microscope Morning

Keep an eye on the Wagga Wagga City Library website for more details: