Science Experiences 2017

Princes Wharf 1, Festival of Bright Ideas site plan. Site map
IMAS tank
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

IMAS is a world-class centre of excellence for marine and Antarctic research and education at the University of Tasmania. A showcase featuring live marine species and highlights of its world leading marine, Antarctic, aquaculture and fisheries research.
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Future of Water

TasWater is a water and sewerage corporation, providing services to the Tasmanian community. Visit their space and test your taste buds with water samples. How sensitive are you to Geosmin and Methylisoborneol (MIB) in the water?
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Woodbridge School Marine Discovery Centre
Woodbridge School Marine Discovery Centre

The Marine Discovery Centre is a Department of Education field studies centre for Pre-K to year 12 students. The Discovery Centre will bring hands-on marine science activities including a touch tank with live animals, microscopes, marine technology and STEM activities.
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School of Land and Food
School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania

Digital Sandpit

The digital sandpit projects land and water onto actual sand, letting you explore landscape change with the scoop of your hand! 

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Enterprize is Tasmania's startup space: a pair of coworking spaces designed to help build and support the Tasmanian startup community. Come along and learn about what it takes to build a high-tech startup in Tasmania!

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Fair Go for Swifties
Sustainability Learning Centre

Fair Go For Swifties

What's the biodiveristy challenge for critically endangered Swift Parrots- how can science help? How can you help? Calling Citizen Scientists to make a nest box, take on a tree, and collect data to inform scientific research.

Poster created by Mika Rosebrock, Hobart College student
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City of Hobart
City of Hobart

Hobart's Bushland Animals

Join the City of Hobart Bush Adventures program to discover the animals, both large and microscopic, that live in Hobart's bushland.

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Photo credit: Miranda Harman
Menzies Institute for Medical Research

The Little Things That Make Us Tick

Put on a Menzies lab coat and step up to the microscope. We'll show you what's really going on inside your body!

Photo credit: Miranda Harman
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School of Physical Sciences, University of Tasmania

Chance your hand at MATHS

A series of short games that will demonstrate the power and fun of mathematics! 

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Time Slice (Derwent Time-Lapse Array - MONA - September 2015)
Tasmanian College of the Arts and The Creative Exchange Institute

Deconstructed: The Science and Technology behind Contemporary Art and Design

This exhibition provides insight into some of the science and technology used in creative arts practice at The Tasmanian College of the Arts. 

The Creative Exchange Institute (CxI) is a centre for creative interdisciplinary research at the University of Tasmania.
IMAGE: Time Slice (Derwent Time-Lapse Array - MONA - September 2015), Martin Walch and David Stephenson.
Photo credit: Martin Walch and David Stephenson 
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Earth Sciences and CODES, University of Tasmania

Tasmania in 3D

The Geology of Tasmania - what rock do you live on and what is its age? See 3D footage of Macroscopic geological features collected by drones, and view the minerals that make up Tasmanian rocks under a microscope. 

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EPA Tasmania

Woodsmoke Woes

How do we monitor and measure air quality in Tasmania? What can we do to improve our air quality?

See the science behind how the EPA monitors and measures particulates in the air and learn the science behind wise woodheater use to reduce smoke emissions.

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BioSynthetic Systems is a collaboration between Dr. Svenja Kratz, Prof. Dietmar W. Hutmacher, Dr. Bill Hart, Felix Wunner, Lumen Cloud (Michelle Xen and Richard Candy) and Michael Maggs. Image courtesy of the artists and scientists.
Tasmanian College of the Arts and Creative Exchange Institute

BioSynthetic Systems: Engineered and Artificial Life

BioSynthetic Systems: Engineered and Artificial Life is an art-science research project. Incorporating elements from bio-manufacturing, electrical engineering and A-Life programming, the exhibition explores the creative potentials and ethical implications of living products and mergers of artificial life and biotechnology.

BioSynthetic Systems is a collaboration between Dr. Svenja Kratz, Prof. Dietmar W. Hutmacher, Dr. Bill Hart, Felix Wunner, Lumen Cloud (Michelle Xen and Richard Candy) and Michael Maggs. Image courtesy of the artists and scientists. 
Photo credit: Image courtesy of the artists and scientists. 
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UTAS Robotics
UTAS Robotics

Remote Controlled and Autonomous Robots

Interactive robot demonstrations including our 2017 FRC robot, arduino minibots, LEGO robots, and more.

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Radio and Electronics
Radio & Electronics Association of Tasmania

Communicating with Light and Satellites

See how you can communicate using light. See how simple it can be to communicate with satellites. Come see a 'point to point' microwave video system (repurposed from indoor TV repeater devices), a pair of light communicators that turn sound into light and then back again, and a hand build satellite ground station based on the SatNog Open Source design.

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Fishcare Tasmania

Fishing for Food and Ideas

Collecting fishy facts on how to catch, handle and ensure fish for the future. Hands on fish dissection, visual displays and materials promoting sustainable fishing practises. 

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Hobart Hackerspace
Hobart Hackerspace Inc

Hobart Hackerspace - Make, Learn, Inspire!

Self Discover of technology through guided investigation. Our Science is discovering how things work and making the use of everyday items in a not so everyday way. We could call this Hacker Engineering or more commonly known as recycling, up cycling or the Hacker Way! 

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Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

From Farm to Future

From pasture to plate the science of agriculture is a vibrant and vital field of scientific research.

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Antarctic Krill
Australian Antarctic Division

Krill, whales and icebreaker tales

See live krill, learn about their importance, and discover more about equipment used for Antarctic research.

Photo credit: Rob King, AAD

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UTAS Motorsport
UTAS Motorsport Engineering

Engineering an Electric Race Car

See the 3rd Formula-SAE vehicle made by UTAS Motorsport, and some of the parts going into our first all-electric car, being built this year.

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Hydro Tasmania

Tasmania’s Renewable Energy

Tasmania is in a unique position in Australia to be able to rely on renewable energy as the primary source of power for the State.  Our rugged west coast mountains intercept westerly winds resulting in heavy annual rainfalls.   Hydro Tasmania collects the rainfall in storages and by utilising different types of energy, generates electricity.  Learn why hydro power is sustainable and renewable and see how the force of water moves a turbine and creates power.

Photo credit: Hydro Tasmania
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Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre, University of Tasmania

How Well Do You Know Your Brain?

Come to the giant brain! Chat to a brain expert, look at brains through a microscope, or (for grownups) help us research dementia knowledge.

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Come and fit a microsensor to a honey bee, try virtual and augmented reality systems, see oceanographic equipment and what it reveals about our oceans, and check out some weird and wonderful specimens from Australia’s national fish collection.

Photo credit: CSIRO Education & Outreach
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WhySci + Young Tassie Scientists

Chill Out with Hot Science

Come and experience hands-on science, straight from the laboratory!
Liquid nitrogen ice-cream, DNA extractions, optical illusions and more!

Enter the Easiest Competition Ever and win some great prizes!

Meet the Young Tassie Scientists and don't forget to ask us all your tricky science questions!

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Butterfly wing detail

What about the museum of tomorrow?

Museums collect for the future but can’t collect everything. What should TMAG be collecting today for advancing the science of tomorrow?

Credit: Butterfly wing (detail), TMAG
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Games Lounge
School of Engineering and ICT, UTAS

UTAS Games Lounge

An interactive play space where you can come and play games made in Tasmania!

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24 Carrot Gardens
MONA 24 Carrot Gardens

Regeneration Generation: we are the future builders

Join us as we meld science and art in an interactive performance space. Share stories and ideas on how we can all work together to make a bright future. We are the future builders!

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Electric Horsemen
The Electric Horsemen

Learn the workings of an electric vehicle. Use your energy to create electricity and light up The Electric Horsemen stall.

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Bookend trust
Bookend Trust

The Tree House Challenge Expedition

The Tree House Challenge is all about forests. Hear about what is keeping Andrew up at night as the forest comes to life around him.

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Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC

The Anaemic Southern Ocean

Microorganisms need iron – but where does it come from? And how much is there? Come hunt for iron in our laboratory!

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Land to Sea - Lansdowne Crescent Primary School

Discover the dichotomous key and how you can use this tool to identify creatures in any environment, including your backyard! Also find out about an amazing interactive trail not far from your doorstep.

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3D Printing & Digital Fabrication from Fishing Rope


Only a few decades ago computers started to change our world to what became known as The Information Age. 

Computers are no longer limited to information handling. Computers now convert information into physical items utilising Robotics

Thus a new Industrial Revolution is evolving under our very eyes -- The Digital Fabrication Age.

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TerraLuma Drone Research Group, Discipline of Spatial Science, University of Tasmania

Drones for Science – great toys, amazing tools.

Drones are gaining popularity both as toys and as tools for science. The TerraLuma Drone Research Group is part of the discipline of Spatial Science at UTAS, we are a team of Spatial Scientists, Agricultural Scientists and Engineers who are pushing the boundaries of this technology to develop drone systems for creating detailed maps and 3D models. Drones are useful in a wide range of applications including surveying, crop monitoring, habitat monitoring, wildlife surveys, erosion and landslide monitoring, asset inspection, and of course photography and filming.

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Dominic College

Physical Sciences

Student STEAM projects including engineering design and hacker-style projects

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Dominic College

Animal Husbandry

Visit the animals in the petting pen and find out what's involved in looking after them.

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Chemistry in Action

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Short hands-on chemistry activities to help demonstrate chemistry being all around us.

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Imagination Playground
City of Hobart

Imagination Playground

What amazing structures can you build in the Imagination Playground? Create, learn and have fun with these giant blue blocks – your imagination knows no limits!

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