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LAKE MAC STEAM: A week of creativity, innovation and uniqueness

A week-long program of inspiring learning experiences centred around science, technology, engineering, art and math is about to hit Lake Macquarie.

Held every year in conjunction with National Science Week, Lake Mac STEAM celebrates and promotes creativity, innovation and uniqueness.

This year the theme for National Science Week is Glass: More than meets the eye, and coincides with the United Nation’s International Year of Glass.

The theme, and many of the events planned for Lake Mac STEAM, will celebrate the roles that glass plays in our everyday lives and investigate glass as a part of our sustainable future – from phone screens to optical fibre to glassware in labs.

Lake Mac STEAM programme highlights

Byte Wise by Questacon

Questacon arrives in Lake Mac with hands on technology and mathematics exhibits suitable for the whole family.

Suitable for ages 10 and up, Byte Wise will inspire visitors’ curiosity and confidence, and build a greater understanding of both how computational thinking works, and how it’s used in everyday life.

Operation Posidonia

Discover the science of seagrass as you get to know one of Lake Macquarie’s most important ecosystems. Marine ecologists from Operation Posidonia and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science invite you to learn about Lake Macquarie’s seagrass meadows and participate in practical scientific activities to understand how they function.

Coding basics with mini-robots

This workshop is aimed at first-time adult coders, looking for a basic understanding of the concepts and ideas behind robotics and coding This fun and interactive session will show you how to use visual codes to program miniature ozobots to dance or navigate a maze.

Hot Potato Band School Concert – Science of Sound

The Hot Potato band serves up an interactive concert that explores the connection between music, sound and science. Join us for an interactive concert that explores the connection between music, movement, sound and science through the use of instruments rhythm, harmony and melody.

A Flying Photon Science and Comedy show

A Flying Photon: science and comedy collide in this award-winning show. Go on a glittering and whimsical journey to meet everyone’s favourite object in the universe, even if you haven’t heard of it: the tiny, tiny photon. Through humour, sequins and stars, uncover a bizarre piece of quantum mechanics that brings us both a sunset and the internet.