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Science with a twist at Curtin Curiosity Carnival and Curiosity Café

Media release

C225/08

11 August 2008

Curtin Open Day 2008
10am-4pm- Sunday 17 August 2008
Curtin University of Technology Bentley Campus
Visit the Curtin Open Day website at www.openday.curtin.edu.au for a full program

A science focused fortune teller, infra red cameras that pick up body heat and laughing clowns that make you question your chemistry knowledge are just some of the science highlights at the Curiosity Carnival at Curtin Open Day on Sunday 17 August 2008 from 10am-4pm at the University’s Bentley Campus.

The designer of many of the activities in the Curiosity Carnival is School of Science and Computing Outreach Coordinator, Kat Sandford, who often works with high-school students on science-related events.

“The Curiosity Carnival will be full of fun activities based around science to entertain visitors,”
Ms Sandford said.

“People will be able to experience how science can be amusing and enjoyable,” she said.

“Well known carnival favourites will be included but incorporating a science twist.  For example, the chocolate wheel is based on special numbers and the shooting gallery is based on chemical symbols.

“As well as a plasma ball, and  a ‘game theory’ activity, there will be a conductivity challenge, a
test-your-strength machine, an inertia chair and other activities.

To enhance the carnival atmosphere the adjacent Curiosity Café will offer a range of treats including pop-corn, fairy floss, toffee apples, hotdogs and carnival-style confectionary.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jeanette Hacket said the Curiosity Carnival will be an entertaining experience for future students, their families and other members of the community who will make up the expected attendance of 15,000 people at Open Day.

“The Curiosity Carnival will be an enjoyable highlight of Curtin Open Day,” Professor Hacket said.

“The day will offer visitors the opportunity to explore career options, courses, research opportunities, scholarships, entry requirements and to see the University’s facilities, accommodation and grounds.”

Visit the Curtin Open Day website at www.openday.curtin.edu.au for a full program.

Modified: 11 August 2008