Science Space @ University of Wollongong 

 May 4, 2018

By  Peter

We had a great time at Science Space, a place where people can explore science and technology through experimentation and interaction with the various exhibits.

Science Space is operated by the University of Wollongong, and is situated at the University’s Innovation Campus.

Every single exhibit is interactive. Here’s some of the things I played with:

What I really liked about Science Space in particular was that with every activity, there is an explanation of the principle of operation in a way that is quick to read and understand.

People can move through the activities interact with the exhibit, read the “What to Do” and “What’s happening” labels, and understand what is going on.

Most experiments are operated with a single button, or a turn wheel, or a lever. I felt I had to try every single one of them, just like my children did. We were lucky enough to visit on a Friday morning during a school day and practically have the whole place to ourselves.

I really enjoyed this visit. Truly, learning is best when it becomes an experience in which more than one senses participate.

Unfortunately though, the Planetarium was closed. The Planetarium is only operating on weekends, and during school terms when organised school groups visit. We’ll have to come back for that.

Here’s a few videos I recorded:

The coils in these containers are energised by another coil hidden below the surface and turn on an LED bar. Similar containers converted the transmitted energy into sound.

An Eddy current break experiment

A Harp without strings

If you are ever in Wollongong, it will be worth your time visiting Science Space. We’ll be back!

Peter


Peter Dalmaris is an educator, electrical engineer, electronics hobbyist, and Maker. Creator of online video courses on DIY electronics and author of three technical books, and has recently released his book Maker Education Revolution.   As a Chief Tech Explorer since 2013 at Tech Explorations, the company he founded in Sydney, Australia, Peter’s mission is to explore technology and help educate the world.  Tech Explorations offers educational courses and Bootcamps for electronics hobbyists, STEM students and STEM teachers. A life-long learner, Peter’s core skill is in explaining difficult concepts through video and text. With over 15 years of tertiary teaching experience, Peter has developed a simple yet comprehensive style in teaching that students from all around the world appreciate.  His passion for technology and in particular for the world of DIY open source hardware has been a dominant driver that has guided his personal development and his work through Tech Explorations. Peter’s current online courses have helped over 60,000 people from around the world to be better Makers. 

Peter Dalmaris

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