World Science Festival 2017

Directions to all the events for the World Science Festival

Directions to all the events for the World Science Festival

The World Science Festival was hopping again this year when I visited. I was excited to see more groups that joined the festival including Robogals from UQ. It was very busy and many of the booths had many children and hectic parents waiting for their chance to build a machine, code a robot, or color a mural.

Coloring mural at the Queensland Museum

Coloring mural at the Queensland Museum

The Australia Zoo was on hand talking about the conservation work that they do and had some cool crocodile traps on display. I have yet to make it to the zoo but it is on my list. However, I am going to the Steve Irwin Memorial Lecture held at UQ April 12th which should be a fun night.  

Crocodile Trap

Crocodile Trap

Australia Zoo's Croc Cruiser!

Australia Zoo's Croc Cruiser!

The highlight of my day was the film and panel discussion for the film Hidden Figures. It was the first time I saw the movie and I loved it! The film brought light to the treatment of black women in science and mathematics in the middle of Civil Rights Era USA. The film brought to light the trials and triumphs of those that have been hidden in the United States' past because of their race. I hope that this film inspires others (in the general public and in relevant fields) to further the discussion and progress for women and people of color in science and mathematics. The panel afterward talked about other 'hidden figures' in science as well as working on promoting gender equality in STEM through programs such as SAGE.