Cann River Eco Education Centre expo to make science fun


Charli and Billy Bennett having a closer look at some bugs at the Canning River Eco Education Centre.
Charli and Billy Bennett having a closer look at some bugs at the Canning River Eco Education Centre.

IN the lead-up to National Science Week, the Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC) is encouraging the community to get positive about science.

The August 21 expo, titled Wired for Science, will be an exciting, innovative one-day community expo held on the banks of the Canning River.

It aims to encourage enthusiasm for the physical, chemical, earth and biological |sciences, and related technologies, in our lives.

The latest in drones, electricity and nature-based sciences will be explored.

Mayor Paul Ng said it was an opportunity for young people to participate in scientific processes and understand how they were incorporated into daily life.

“We want the community, especially our young people, to come along and find out how technology plays a critical role in understanding and preserving nature,” he said.

The community will be able to participate in hands-on activities, including investigating the tiny world of bugs under microscopes, programming robots, building solar toys, generating pedal power, learning how to send a Morse code message and using apps as a tool for scientific research.

There will be an electric vehicle display, expert talks on sustainable housing, how the use of drones assists marine research and demonstrations from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.

Young minds can expand their interests beyond the microscope and enjoy native animal encounters, face painting, building with recycled wood, a Scitech exhibit, free native plant giveaways, Castledare miniature railway rides, a sausage sizzle and a special appearance by Captain Clean Up.

Sponsors include the Australian Association for Environmental Education, City of Canning, SERCUL, Department of Parks and Wildlife and Inspiring Australia.

Mr Ng said school students, not for profit organisations, local businesses and government agencies all volunteered their time to make this event possible each year.

The event runs from 10am to 3pm.