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During the first six months of 2015, we've run five Little Bang Discovery Clubs and nine school holiday workshops. We've also run four workshops at Science Clubs. In February, we returned to the Qsar Al Hosn Cultural Festival in Abu Dhabi to run 'Archaeology' and in May presented 16 workshops at the Bialik College Science Festival in Melbourne.
The Early Start Discovery Space at the University of Wollongong opened in May. Children’s Discovery’s 10 years experience in creating engaging, accessible and educational experiences contributed to the development of the Discovery Space. This is Australia's only "Children's Museum" for ages birth to 12 years, where family learning occurs through play. There are 14 immersive experiences including Construction Site where you complete building a house, Market Place where you go shopping for healthy fresh produce, Tummy Tour which is an inflatable about digestion, Shipyard where you explore aboard the tall ship HMAS Discovery and a Crawlers' Cubby especially for pre-walkers.
Our busiest year yet with 11 Little Bangs Discovery Clubs, lots of school holiday workshops in libraries and at shopping centres, we took MadLab to two school science festivals and we presented three science clubs at libraries. We were involved in the primary, secondary and community days at the Australian Museum Science Festival and ran an Archaeology exhibit at the Qasr Al Hosin Cultural Festival in Abu Dhabi in February and had four workshops at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival in November.
The Little Bangs Discovery Club for pre-schoolers and early primary school students and an accompanying adult was held in seven libraries across Greater Sydney. We also ran school holiday workshops including MadLab electronics, Kitchen Chemistry, Quake and Shake and made lots of bubbles at the Australian Museum Science Festival in August. We had three experiences at the Wodonga Children’s Festival in October and ventured to the Abu Dhabi Science Festival in November with Kids Dig.
We continued to work on a permanent building to host our exhibits and where our visitors can experience our fabulous learning adventures. Our activities were still being staged at venues throughout Sydney including our new and exciting Little Bang Discovery Club for preschoolers and their accompanying adult carers.
Staged our KIDS DIG at Scifest Africa (South Africa's International Science Festival) and toured the Eastern Cape with our MadLab electronics workshop.
Children's Discovery has been busy for a permanent home as a priority this year but we were still happy to provide our unique educational experiences for special events throughout the year. Some of our highlightes included:
Staff and family of the University of New South Wales experienced our Tour of the Tummy, Table-Top Science and Make'n'Take Science Toys at their family fun day.
HMS Discovery - after 18 months berthed in Sydney.
HMS Discovery set sail to Fremantle Ports in September and is due to open for business in late 2011.
HMS Discovery @ THE ROCKS
"Join the crew of HMS Discovery for a journey of adventure and discovery! Help prepare to set sail from Plymouth, England in 1792. Decide what stores to load for the journey and what to take to resupply the struggling colony in Sydney Cove, Australia. It is four years after the first fleet arrived in Sydney and the new colony’s crops are failing so they need supplies from England."
While on board children were encouraged to learn about the challenges of life at sea, early navigation and natural history.
on the road The team at Children's Discovery has teamed up with entertainment specialist, Just Promotions to tour Build It, and other activities, to shopping malls across NSW. Keep an eye on out home page for upcoming venues. KIDS DIG @ THE ROCKS TOUR OF THE TUMMY & MadLab @ ULTIMO SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Kids Dig @ The Rocks
The adventure of discovery was in The Rocks every school holidays this year with 'Kids Dig' @ The Rocks Discovery Museum. Starting in the site office to collect digging tools, note book and vest, children joined the senior archeologists in this simulated dig.
Australia Day Celebrations
Children's Discovery's SciTechTivities were held at Parramatta Park, Sydney. Workshops focussed on 'wind things', ilusions, balancing birds and things wired up.
ABC KIDS LIVE 16 - 18 JULY
All of Children's Discovery came together under one roof! Children's Discovery was voted the most popular activity feature with the older kids at ABC KIDS LIVE! and ranked very highly with the little ones too. "Everyone raved about how wonderful it all was..", said Trish Powers for ABC Kids Live Over three days hundreds of children and adults experienced building a house with Build It and excavated an archaeological site in Kids Dig. Many also choose to experience MadLab and learnt to use a soldering iron to construct their own electronic gadget.
Big Science & Technology Day Out
Children's Discovery partnered with the Questacon Science Squad, CSIRO Education and the Department of Education to bring Big Science and Technology Day Out to western Sydney. Aimed primarily at school students in Years 3 - 8, the activities included science shows by Questacon and technology workshops by CSIRO and MadLab. As well, Build It gave students the opportunity to experience house construction first-hand. Supported by Uni of Western Sydney, TAFE NSW and NewScientist.
Science in the Suburbs
The first public appearance of the Children's Discovery Museum was at two Westfield Shopping Malls: Tuggarah (8 - 12 July 2002) and Mt Druitt (15-19 July 2002). We presented interactive exhibits on loan from Megafun, science shows and technology workshops. We were officially launched by Jackie Kelly MP. Thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers who worked so hard to ensure our first outing was such a great success.