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Physics Fun Day

Geek out with an extra dose of physics fun at the official opening of Physics Observatory Summer Holiday Program.

For one day only we'll be presenting a range of Physics-inspired workshops including Hula Hooping by Vulcana Women's Circus, live science shows by Queensland's own Street Science, your chance to play a 3D flight simulator game and Physics 101 workshops. Times and booking requirements vary, please see program details below.

Activities from Physics Observatory Holiday Program will also run throughout the day including Physics Wiz Treasure Hunt and Ball Run and in smaller break-out rooms kids can enjoy quiet time with a science short and animated film festival by Little Big Shots, paper plane crafts and screenings by MinutePhysics.

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Playground, directed by Danny Vos, 2015
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HULA HOOPING

Have you ever wondered how hula-hoops stay on your waist whilst spinning, appearing to defy gravity? The answer can be explained through force, motion, friction and weight – in other words, physics!

In this drop-in workshop, Vulcana Kids will facilitate a playful circus class for kids to explore everything they can do with hula-hoops. Kids will have the time to explore and develop at their own level and pace, whilst expressing their individual creativity and imagination.

Time

10am – 2pm

Drop-in, no bookings required

Ages

3 – 12 (Adult supervision required)

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STREET SCIENCE

Join Queensland's own 'Science Steve' for his famous explosive live science show ramped up and ready to feature physics at its best. From the science of light and sound featuring coloured fireballs, through to levitating objects and a little toilet humour, this is one show not to be missed! Get in early... this will be one packed house!

Note: Due to popular demand for this workshop, we’ll be live streaming Street Science demonstrations in a nearby lecture room at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. No bookings required but capacity is restricted.

Time

11AM, 12PM, 1PM

Duration

30 minutes per show

Free

All sessions booked out

Ages

3+ (Adult supervision required)


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SPACE FLIGHT

Houston, we're going exploring! Launch your own spacecraft and venture to the far reaches of the solar system in the realistic 3D space flight simulator game, Orbiter.

This workshop is developed and facilitated by the QUT STEM For Schools Team.

Time

10am – 2pm

Drop-in, no bookings required

Ages

8+ (Adult supervision required)


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PHYSICS 101

Ever wondered why the sky is blue? How air pressure compresses a plastic bottle? What causes a supernova to explode? The QUT Physics Society has the answers in this fun-filled demonstration for kids and families!

This workshop is developed and facilitated by students from the QUT Physics Society.

Time

10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM

30 minutes each demo

Drop-in, no bookings required
(Limited capacity per demo)

Ages

8+ (Adult supervision required)


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Physics Observatory Holiday Program

A range of activities will run throughout the day including Physics Observatory digital project, ball runs and treasure hunts. And in smaller break-out rooms kids can enjoy quiet time with a science short and animated film festival by Little Big Shots, paper plane crafts and screenings by MinutePhysics.

Time

10AM – 4PM

Drop-in, no bookings required

Ages

3 – 12 (Adult supervision required)