Thousands of kids inspired by science festival

Published: 23 Aug 2019 4:13pm

Thousands of little and not-so-little scientists enjoyed the fun of the Riverina Science Festival, which culminated in the jam-packed Future World event on 17 August.

Presented by Wagga Wagga City Library in its capacity as coordinator of the Riverina Science Hub, more than 4000 people of all ages descended on the Civic Centre for Future World and hundreds more attend activities in the lead up.

Future World had nine separate activity areas throughout the Civic Centre precinct with something for all ages and everything from parasites to virtual reality, coding, music and more.

Throughout the week, budding young scientists also enjoyed Kitchen Science Storytime, school science days and quiet science sessions designed for people on the autism spectrum.

The National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) at Tolland Community Centre was one of the week’s highlights, with 120 primary school students attending sessions presented by CSU, Macquarie University and student leaders from Mount Austin and Kooringal high schools.

The Riverina Science Festival is supported by Wagga Wagga City Council and the Federal Government’s Inspiring Australia program.

The Future World event was made possible by staff from Council’s library, art gallery, museum and environment teams along with presenters from CSU, The Riverina Anglican College and EduKits.

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