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Discover science of maritime exploration at National Maritime Museum

by Jude Timms on 6 Aug 2014
Replica of James Cook's HMB Endeavour. Australian National Maritime Museum
National Science Week activities – 23 August 204 - The Australian National Maritime Museum is inviting visitors to celebrate National Science Week in a special day of activities lifting the lid on the science of maritime exploration.

Endeavouring Science on board HMB Endeavour
Saturday 23 August, 10am – 4.30pm

The Australian National Maritime Museum – in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens and Young Scientists – presents Endeavouring Science. Step back in time more than 200 years on board HMB Endeavour – a replica of the ship James Cook commanded on his 1770 voyage to Australia. Discover the science of cannons in the Fire Away! experiment, building balloon rockets to demonstrate force. Learn about the spread of contagious diseases like malaria and scurvy in Watch your back in which the Young Scientists will model the spread of diseases and find out how boats sail into the wind due to air pressure in Sail away with me. Other activities explore astronomy, eclipses and even the transit of Venus.

Join flora botanist Louisa Murray in the ship’s Great Cabin as she demonstrates how to make a specimen collection and discusses how plants were used by the local Aboriginal people for medicines and food.

Open to all ages.
Included in the museum’s Big Ticket – adult $27, child $16, family $70. Booking not required.

Then and Now – the History of Bush Food
Saturday 23 August, Times 11 – 11.45am and 12.15 – 1.00pm

Join Indigenous elder Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo and learn about the science of native foods, cooking and a healthy lifestyle. Aunty Beryl runs the Gardner’s Café in Camperdown and is a Head Teacher at Yaama Dhiyaan in Darlinghurst.

Free event in the museum’s Waterside Studio. Booking not required.

For full details of the National Maritime Museum’s Science Week program visit Australian National Maritime Museum.

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