National Science Week at TMAG

Science_Week_Logo_2014_webFrom today, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is celebrating National Science Week 2014 with a series of displays, demonstrations and activities focused on the science of the sea.

The museum’s science staff, as well as representatives from leading science organisations, will be on hand to educate both school groups and general visitors about what’s going on in the hidden depths of our oceans as part of Science of the Sea – Oceans of Change.

TMAG’s Centre for Learning and Discovery Manager Andy Baird said visitors will be able to learn what their role can be in protecting vital and unique ocean ecosystems, and also find out what science has been discovering thanks to a full program of exhibits, demonstrations and activities.

“Oceans are full of fascinating creatures from the more obvious whales to deep sea invertebrates like sea spiders, corals, and molluscs,” Andy said.

“There’s also the sheer dynamics of the seas, things like currents, thermodynamics and sea ice formations.

“We’ll have lots of these things on display during National Science Week at TMAG and we hope our program will inspire greater interest in our seas.”

On the final day of the program, Saturday 23 August, guest artists who have worked with, and been inspired by, the science of the sea will be on hand for Science of the Sea – Where Art Meets Science.

Particularly suited for teenagers and adults, this special day will reveal the artistic response to some serious issues facing our oceans and inspire a collaborative approach to understanding the mysteries of the seas.

“Increasingly we are finding the arts and sciences are coming together to help create understanding,” Andy said.

“An attentive eye, a creative mind, a sense of wonder: these are universal elements celebrated by the best artists and scientists. 

“Come and see the results, and hear from the practitioners in a series of free workshops, demonstrations and exhibits.”

For more information, please see a flyer here.

Science of the Sea – Oceans of Change is at TMAG from 19 – 23 August 2014, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Science of the Sea – Where Art Meets Science is on Saturday 23 August from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.