Time to shine

Time to shine

The Science Gig is back again.

With a new theme and a galaxy of activities, the Science Gig returns to Circular Head in 2019.

Moon Madness is this year’s focus, taking in the national theme of ‘Destination Moon: more missions, more science.’

The evening has a full itinerary to engage young and old.

Astrophotographer Planet Pete will be in Smithton to talk techniques, while aspiring Tasmanian astronaut Rose Tasker will chat about her time in the space program so far.

Some of the galaxy’s most notorious villains will be in attendance when the 501st Copperhead Outpost boys gear up and roll out over the course of the evening.

Footage of the first ever moon landing will be played on the big screen for all to see.

Jye Crosswell from Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service returns for another entertaining presentation, while the Smithton High School Robotics team bring their gear along for kids to have a crack at.

Or have a go at the virtual reality equipment Smithton Library staff bring along.

In the lead up to the event the Science Trail is back again. Participants can pick up an entry form at their school, Circular Head Council or Circular Head Office Supplies before heading on a trek around participating businesses to work out the answers.

There are other competitions to get involved in, including the Macgyver Challenge.

Open to groups of three, the challenge pits contestants against each other to see who can achieve a goal using the materials at hand. Last year it was the highest balloon tower, the year before that, the best cotton ball slingshot.

Scotchtown Football Club has the canteen covered and a lucky local will win the lucky door prize just for turning up.

Join the fun at Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre on Monday August 12 from 5.30pm.

Xander, 12, Leila, 10, and Tilly Power, 8, with Smithton Library’s Anne Shepherd, are excited to give the virtual reality another crack at the Science Gig in August. Picture: Isaac Popowski.