Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent is encouraging locals to get involved in National Science Week.

National Science Week 2016 will run from 13 – 21 August

“I invite the McMillan community to get involved in National Science Week, Australia’s annual opportunity to meet scientists, discuss hot topics, participate in science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society,” Mr Broadbent said

“Local school activities include Brain Break morning teas and Small Friends Storytelling programmes, which teach kids about the importance of the microscopic world.”

Events will take place at Chairo Christian School campus in Pakenham, Nar Nar Goon Primary School, Lakeside College, Trafalgar High School, Longwarry Primary School, Rawson Primary School and Yallourn North Primary School.

Event details can be found at: www.scienceweek.net.au.

“McMillan residents can also contribute to real scientific research from the comfort of their own homes by participating in the ABC’s National Science Week citizen project ‘Wildlife Spotter’ (www.wildlifespotter.net.au),” Mr Broadbent said.

“People can spot quolls, malleefowl, Tassie devils, cats and many more animals captured in photos.  These citizen scientists will identify animals in roughly a million images taken all across Australia by automated cameras.”

First held in 1997, National Science Week has become one of Australia’s largest festivals and last year saw a staggering 1.3 million people participate in over 1,500 events and activities.

In 2016, National Science Week events will be held right throughout Australia—from astronomy at Uluru to a science film night in the Antarctic—with everything from science festivals, music and comedy shows, expert panel discussions, interactive hands-on displays, open days and online activities.

The festival is proudly supported by the Australian Government; partners CSIRO, the Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC; and sponsors Cosmos, Discovery Science, NewScientist and Popular Science.

“Governments invested $9.7 billion in science, research and innovation in 2015-16, recognising its importance to Australia’s economy and our future. This includes science education and engagement programmes that play a vital role in encouraging community interest in science,” said Mr Broadbent.