Open Day 2013 highlights
Geoscience Australia’s Open Day, held on Sunday 18 August, was another great success with a new record of around 8000 happy and interested visitors through the door.
Enthusiastic staff volunteers were keen to talk and share with interested members of the community information about the work they do at Geoscience Australia. This was also reflected in the many displays and activities on the day and reflected in the comments received from the public acknowledging the great work by the volunteers ‘A great day, staff were very helpful and friendly. Many thanks’.
Feedback received from the visitors was overwhelmingly positive with many people indicating one of the favorite activities of the day was the return visit by the roving Erth dinosaur , a juvenile T-Rex. The second favorite activity was the rock and mineral displays in the Foyer; followed by the panning, erupting volcano, stamp hunt and passport, tours to the Australian Tsunami Warning Centre and GPS geocaching activity.
The Antarctic Base Camp also proved to be a hit with many of the younger visitors as they had the opportunity to have their photos taken with a couple of friendly (blow-up) penguins.
Other interesting statistics from Open Day 2013 include:
- Over 650 containers of slime lava made in the Education Centre, which equates to 32 kilos of cornflour and 16 litres of water
- over 500 stamp hunt passports completed
- over 900 dinosaurs decorated
- more than 500 pet rocks who found new homes; and
- all tours to the laboratories, GPS robots, rock dating SHRIMP, Geological TimeWalk and the Joint Australian Tsunami Centre fully subscribed.
The many hands-on kids’ activities and the opportunity to engage with Geoscience Australia’s researchers at the many science displays also proved to be a crowd pleaser.
Open Day went national for the first time, with an online presence taking Open Day beyond Canberra to the rest of Australia. Four science talks were streamed live via the web and are still available for viewing if you missed them.
Geoscience Australia is now looking forward to Open Day 2014 (and National Science Week), and will again invite the community to come along and share the day!
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