Immersive Science IV: Science Champions (SciVR) – A National Science Week Event
The Universe is waiting to be discovered! SciVR, the virtual reality remote Science Week event is back in 2020 and Science Space has joined to team to help distribute mini VR headsets to Wollongong.
SciVR is an immersive astronomy experience enabled by a virtual reality (VR) smartphone app by Swinburne University of Technology. Their science communicators and researchers return again this year to discuss how incredible detections are being made by Australian researchers in real-time. From special global events using dozens of telescopes to daily monitoring of the radio sky in Australia, SciVR will take you on the hunt for things that go boom! We’ll explore the origins of mysterious and energetic phenomena, tracking events as they occur. Dr Rebecca Allen and A/Prof Alan Duffy share the latest wonders of space research using Australian facilities, like the CSIRO Parkes telescope, to reveal more about the nature of these extreme and transiting objects.
Pick up your headsets at Science Space before 22 August, and join in at Science Space or take your headset home to participate.
Discover, explore, and learn about extreme and advanced space science and the research that fuels it. Through the immersive medium of VR and guidance of Alan and Rebecca, people participate in the streamed event and have access to the presenters for in-depth Q&A. If physical distancing restrictions are eased by August, live viewing parties may go ahead in libraries and science centres across Australia, where people gather together to watch the livestream and share their excitement about space and astronomy.
SciVR is designed to engage all audiences. The immersive VR nature is appealing to younger audiences while easy to operate for those with little technical experience. We will have Auslan interpreting as well closed captioning. Through continued efforts with regional partners, we will reach viewers in rural and urban areas. By adding a second shorter stream, we will cater to families with younger children who want to learn about space. We will work with the Moondani Toombadool Centre at Swinburne to create an appropriate acknowledgment of Indigenous astronomy to help audiences appreciate the discoveries our ancestors made over thousands of years.
Learn more on the SciVR website, www.scivr.com.au, and register your interest below to get a Mini VR headset from Science Space today.
Strictly first in, best dressed, there are only 30 sets available for distribution.
Date: Saturday 22nd August
Time: 11:15am to 12pm AEST
Location: Science Space Planetarium
Cost: Free with entry
Details: All guests will be supplied with their own mini VR set for use with their mobile phones.
Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, this event is strictly limited to 30 guests, first in, best dressed. You can learn more about this initiative and register your interest on the Science Space website.
This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.