THE Monash Science Centre in Clayton is running a series of lectures and family nights as part of National Science Week.
Family science night tomorrow (Tuesday), 7-8.30pm.
Freshwater chemistry – find out if water is drinkable through tests to detect hidden pollution.
Baffling rocks and vicious volcanoes – explore different rock types, make your own rocks, use acid to test for fossils, and build an exploding volcano.
Family science night, Wednesday, 7-8.30pm.
Freshwater habitats – look through microscopes to find out what lurks beneath the water.
Harry Potter chemical potions – make mouth-fizzing chemicals, bubbling water, odious smells, bouncing eggs, and squishy materials.
All about Green Chemistry, Thursday, 7-8 pm.
Michael Clark examines the contribution of the chemical industry, its associated problems and explores how “green chemistry” is the key to a sustainable future.
The lecture incorporates a number of spectacular chemistry demonstrations.
Why our government takes waterbugs seriously, Thursday, 7-8 pm.
Aquatic invertebrates – or waterbugs – are spineless creatures inhabiting rivers, lakes, ponds, and even neglected pools.
Edward Tsyrlin, the co-author of The Waterbug Book, discusses how these tiny creatures tell us a lot about our environment.