Spreading the magic of science

Members of Scinapse - Emma Jackson, Andrew Outhwaite, John Gourley, Ken Lawson and Mark Canny.

Members of Scinapse - Emma Jackson, Andrew Outhwaite, John Gourley, Ken Lawson and Mark Canny.

The Mid West’s network of science lovers has revamped its name and released an exciting new events calendar aimed at spreading the magic of science.

The former Mid West Science Engagement Group (MWSEG) is now called Scinapse, and has unveiled a host of exciting new initiatives aimed at enabling everyday people to become swept in science’s wonders.

Scinapse committee chair Emma Jackson said the group was fired up about sharing its upcoming events, which range from a short film making workshop and stargazing to understanding the wonders of brain development.

“Scinapse is all out sharing our passion for science and engaging the community in fun and exciting events that demonstrate the amazing possibilities of science," Ms Jackson said.

“We cover everything from making mesmerising science films, like we will as part of the Sci Film competition, to realising the magic of astronomy as you gaze at the heavens like we will at the ‘Fireballs in the Sky’ event at Mt Magnet Astro Rocks Festival.

“We’ve a host of events coming up that will prove anyone of any age can become swept up in the magic of science.”

Next on the agenda is a short film making workshop in Geraldton on April 30, which will school people in the art of film-making in the lead up to the Sci Film competition.

Participants will learn how to make and edit a film on mobile devices, techniques for making films for a theatre screen, how to communicate a science story through film, the best free film editing apps and online resources for use after the workshop.

They can then create and submit three-minute films featuring science stories, with winners to be showcased on the cinema screens.

This will be followed by the Fireballs in the Sky Event at Mt Magnet Astro Rocks Festival on May 13, understanding the wonders of neurology and brain development event on June 2-3 and Goodness Festival and National Science Week activities on August 14-21.

As MWSEG, the group has already conducted a raft of activities, including crystal workshops, science films about bees, considering a productive farming future, upskilling kids in computing coding through CoderDojo and hosting the Science Festival Community Night.

Keep up to speed on Scinapse events and find membership forms on Facebook, or through Pollinators website http://pollinators.org.au/science/.

And, if you have an upcoming science event, please contact Scinapse for help in promoting it. Contact 0438 925 058.

Scinapse is a partnership with Scitech, Inspiring Australia and local science engagement organisations.