5 free National Science Week events that will amp up your STEM skills

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Sign up for the Bridgewater library LEGO Challenge. Image: Shutterstock.

With National Science Week going down, there are a stack of seriously inspiring – and exciting – science-focused events happening all over the country. Here are five that would give you an awesome insight into your future career paths.

If your dream STEM job involves a 3D printer…

This Science Week the Adelaide City Library’s Innovation Lab has gotten their hands on a 3D printer in full RGB colour, and they’re letting anyone interested have a go. Rock up any time before the end of the month to watch the Da Vinci model in action, or book in a private session to design and print your own personalised materials. Head here for more info.

When: Thursday – Saturday, 10:30am to 5:00pm until August 31
Where: Adelaide City Library, Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA

If you’re a wannabe robotics engineer…

Ever admired the mechanics of a real-life garbage-eating robot doing its thing? If you hang out near Melbourne’s Yarra River you might just spot one. Trash Robot was created by Chicago-based developers Urban Rivers, and flew here from the US just to clean up the iconic Melbourne waterway. And with the river full of enough rubbish to fill 30,000 wheelie bins, the floating trash ’bot has some seriously hard work cut out for it. Head here to track his exact location, and watch him do his very cool thing.

When: Every day from 11:00am-6:00pm until September 1
Where: Yarra River, Southbank, Vic

Look out for this guy floating along the Yarra.

If you’re keen to get into virtual reality design…

Enjoy the Apollo 11 moon landing from the comfort of earth with a unique – and free – VR experience at the Bridgetown Community Resource Centre. The Western Australian set-up invites anyone interested to participate in a state of the art 360-video experience of their choice. Along with the moon mission, 30-minute VR options include ‘the body journey inside a cell’ and ‘fruit ninja’. The guided sessions include snacks too. Head here to book in a time.

When: 10:00am-4:00pm until August 16
Where: Bridgetown Community Resource Centre, Bridgetown, WA

If you’re looking at studying innovation and development…

Into LEGO? Love building stuff? If you’re a fan of little coloured blocks and working in a team, pop this exciting Science Week date in the diary. On August 13 Tasmania’s Bridgewater library is hosting a LEGO Challenge where participants will recreate epic builds from photographs. The event is held after school and the cost is zilch. Sign yourself up; the challenge is strictly capped at 35 LEGO heads.

When: Tuesday August 13, 3:00pm
Where: Bridgewater Library, TAS

If you’d like to grab career tips from an astronomer…

Professor Richard De Grijs works in space for real, and as the Associate Dean and Professor of Astrophysics and Macquarie University, he’s got one of the most revered resumes out. If you’re keen to get into a similar role you’ll marvel at the gigs he’s had in the golden age of space exploration! In his Australia’s Talking Science slot he’ll chat all things career, study and stars, and you can totally hit him up with questions at the end. Book a seat here.

When: Tuesday August 13, 6:30pm
Where: St Ives Library, NSW

Stoked on science but still deciding which field to get into? This quiz should point you on the right study path.

Cassie Steel

Author: Cassie Steel

As Refraction’s digital assistant, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.

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