Beyond Scienceworks: 3 ways to get into National Science Week

For Melburnians, childhood trips to Scienceworks are almost a rite of passage. If you haven’t raced a virtual Cathy Freeman, you simply haven’t lived.

The kid-friendly Spotswood museum is an old favourite, and especially popular during National Science Week, which wraps up on Sunday. But there are plenty of other events and venues across Melbourne showcasing the wonders of science and technology. Get in while you can.

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Blood: Attract & Repel

  • University of Melbourne, Building 189, Swanston Street, Parkville
  • Until Thursday, October 5, noon-4pm
  • Free entry

There will be blood at the University of Melbourne – specifically, an exhibition about it. Blood is a journey through 22 artworks, exploring why we’re both attracted and repulsed by the very thing that keeps us alive.

From an installation about the smell of blood to a twist on the traditional Irish blood sausage, the artworks on offer are provocative, sensory experiences that should excite and challenge visitors. Not for the faint of heart.

Join us for Body of People by donating your heartbeat 💓 you’ll be a part of our interactive sound installation, creating a sonic pool of heartbeats collected through a digital stethoscope. This Monday and Tuesday only, 12-6pm in the Frank Tate building, University of Melbourne. #BLOOD17 #NatSciWk #NatSciWeek #science #art #sciencegallery #STEM #blood #melbourne #unimelb #sciart #scicomm #free #heartbeat #stethoscope #installation #installationart

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Sublime Science Cabaret

  • Toff in Town, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
  • Sunday, August 20, 5.30-8.30pm
  • Entry: $20 (plus booking fee)
  • thetoffintown.com

In a fantastic way to finish off National Science Week, the Sublime Science Cabaret will celebrate science in music, poetry and stand-up comedy at the Toff. The cabaret will take the audience on an exploration of the universe, and should cultivate a newfound appreciation of the planet we call home.

ART OF SCIENCE // Go behind the scenes with Dr Edwin Hawkins to explore a CCTV-like technique he developed to observe cancer cells. wehi.edu.au/artofscience 11-20 August, @federationsquare Melbourne. #natsciwk

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Art of Science

  • The Atrium, Federation Square
  • Until Sunday, August 20, 10am-6pm
  • Entry: Free

Pop into Federation Square and you just might stumble on an attempt to grow a lung in a laboratory. Or deadly parasites resembling a neon flower crown. Or even catch some “CCTV footage” of cancer cells as they invade bone.

The Art of Science exhibition features stunning images captured by world-class scientists in their work to understand, prevent and treat cancers and infectious diseases

 

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