Great Things STEM from Regional Festival

National Science Week got off to a flying start here in the Mid West with the Goodness Festival 2018 delivering the goods at the Trade Training Centre Open Day on August 11th.

There were robot wars, birds of prey, CO2 drag races, slime, lots of cool trade equipment to play with as well as live music by bands from John Willcock College and Geraldton Senior – it was definitely a day to remember, and a great way to open the festival.

Come on down to the Regional Trade Training Centre Open Day off Shenton street. FREE sausage sizzle, live school band…

Posted by Scinapse – Mid West Science Engagement on Friday, 10 August 2018

The Goodness Festival was created to inspire and engage people in science, sustainability and innovation activities, and is organised annually by Scinapse (Mid West Science Engagement Group) and many dedicated volunteers.

Every year Scinapse engages thousands of individuals in our region with science and this year was no exception…

From astrophotography to metallurgy, port tours to comedy workshops, presentations to sundowners – Goodness 2018 had it all!

Getting our science on with Gemma Baker Jeweller for her secret spaces metallurgy tour 😃 #scienceweek #goodnessfestival Goodness Festival – Science, Sustainability and Innovation Pollinators – CityHive

Posted by Scinapse – Mid West Science Engagement on Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Geraldton was even lucky enough to have two renowned scientists get involved with the festival this year. We had Nobel Prize winner Professor Barry Marshall tune in with some local kids on skype to tell them all about “How to Win a Nobel Prize”.

We also saw an inspiring presentation by one of the ABC’s Top 5 Scientists 2018 Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker as she shared her story on being a scientist (and now busy mother of two).

“As a young woman, it is so important to know there are other women out there who have achieved higher levels of science education,” Said Dr Hurley-Walker.

For Natasha, knowing other women have achieved so much while also being a mother is so inspiring and is what keeps her going.

Scinapse would like to thank all of the amazing organisations and individuals who helped make Goodness 2018 a success – we really could not have done it without you!

If you want to make a difference and get involved with Goodness Festival 2019, please contact the Scinapse Coordinator Kirsty via

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