Australia’s Most Advanced Regional Science Centre Turns 30!
Since opening in 1989 – Science Space has welcomed over 1.3 million visitors through their doors. Of that, they have seen well over 300,000 school group students, from over 100 different schools each year.
Why is it important?
Since it’s outset, the centre’s original aim was to ‘stimulate interest in science for students and the general public. We aim to provide ‘hands-on’ experiences in science and technology and to demonstrate them in an exciting way. We share the basic principles of science but also aim to generate interest by being a showcase for new developments in technology and innovation.’
When it was opened, Science Space vowed to be different from a museum. It would be interactive, so children and adults could learn about what makes our world tick through exploration with their own hands. Science is all around us so the aim was to make it accessible and something that we could all understand.
Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, Science Space is going from strength to strength as we continue to deliver on our mission to more and more visitors each year.
Why do we care?
Today’s children are our future scientists and innovators. They will become the people who have the opportunity to change the world and shape the society we become. Now is the time to engage and inspire the children of tomorrow. We can do so by providing information and interactive experiences that spark interest in learning about the world around them. From Wagga to Bega students and families have been traveling from across the country to get their chance at feeling the power of science with their own hands. Facts you can feel!
When we opened our doors in the late 1980’s it was a time of immense growth in the sector. In fact, almost 95% of all Australia’s current Science Centres opening their doors around the same time. Over the past 30 years we have moved our site, survived weather and economic pressure, grown and rebranded our exhibition space and collection and are thriving as we look forward to another 30 years and beyond with our communities support.
What is in store for our future?
With the support of The University of Wollongong and other generous stakeholders, we are working towards creating our own community accessible Makerspace – the first for our region, launching a STEM Zone specifically to support children and school groups and enhance their learning experiences, as well as professional development support for our region’s teachers in STEM. We are also looking to expand our reach through building our regional outreach program and working with other Science Centre’s across Australia and stakeholders to bring new exhibits and host traveling exhibitions.
How can you get involved?
Attend our SUPERSIZED SCIENCE Demonstration or become a member and invest in the education of your children for a whole year. Our SUPERSIZE SCIENCE Demonstration will be running on Saturday 27 July 2019 at 11:00am. Entry is free via our outdoor gates.
In celebration of our 30th birthday, Science Space is holding a SUPERSIZED SCIENCE demonstration! It will be big, it will be messy and we want YOU to get involved. We are also offering 30% OFF ENTRY, 30% OFF MEMBERSHIP and 30% OFF THE SHOP!