Dinosaurs, Space And Coding: The Gizmodo Guide To What’s On In August


Wondering what’s happening in your city? Look no further – here’s our guide to everything geeky happening around town.

This is by no means comprehensive. We hope to build on it every month, giving you more and more options. If you spot an event that you believe belongs here, shoot me an email [email protected]


Change Makers – STEAM Careers Panel

  • What:Studying STEAM is more than science and maths. It’s about building the confidence of an entire generation and teaching them to value their own ideas. Hear from the people who are changing the way science is done and creating a more inclusive industry.
  • Where: Australian Museum
  • When: 15 August, 11am – 12pm
  • Cost: Students 42, Teachers free. Book here.

Science in the Swamp

  • What: Family focused, this is the largest single science week event in NSW. Key features include Earth’s roaming dinosaurs, superhero acrobats and 2 metre tall robots.
  • Where: Centennial Park, Sydney
  • When: August 18, 11am-3pm
  • More details: Centential Parklands

Living Laboratory

  • What: An event for all ages. A chance to explore behind the scenes at the Royal Botanic Garden labs, see wildlife displays and discover the world of plant sciences.
  • Where: Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
  • When: August 11, 9am-2pm
  • More Details: The Royal Botanic Garden

Gondwana Garden Family Day

  • What: A family focused event exploring the prehistoric world of Gondwana, with science stalls and displays throughout the Garden.
  • Where: Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
  • When: August 18, 9:30am
  • More Details: Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Science in the Wild – Superheroes Vs Dinosaurs

  • What: A family focused event, similar to the one at Centennial Park – but for Sydney’s West.
  • Where: Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
  • When: August 11, 11am-3pm
  • More Details: Australian Botanic Garden


Science on Show

  • What: For one day only, rare and fascinating specimens and objects from Museums Victoria’s Palaeontology collection will be brought out from the vast collection storerooms, giving visitors an exclusive opportunity to view these intriguing items up close. Running all day at Melbourne Museum, Museums Victoria scientists, volunteers and associates will share the stories behind each of the fossils and specimens on display. Visitors can watch fossil preparators excavate fragile bones and teeth from rock, and learn how conservators preserve fossils so that they remain part of the collection for millennia to come.
  • Where: Melbourne Museum
  • When:August 19, 10am-4:30pm
  • Cost: Free with Museum entry

Fossil Identification in Curious?

  • What: The expert staff in Melbourne Museum’s Curious? are encouraging members of the public to bring their fossils in for identification all throughout National Science Week. These skilled scientists will be able to ascertain whether it’s important evidence of prehistoric life in Victoria or simply just…a rock. Who knows, by the end of the week it might led to a new discovery about life on Earth thousands of years ago.
  • Where: Melbourne Museum
  • When: Ausgust 15-19, 10am-4:30pm
  • Cost: Free

Citizen Science: People-Power Building Knowledge of Nature

  • What: Three Museums Victoria scientists; Dianne Bray, Dr Erich Fitzgerald and Dr Karen Rowe introduce three fascinating and collaborative citizen science projects. Redmap for marine monitoring, palaeontology fieldwork to find fossils, and Communities Listening for Nature for recording and analysing nature sounds. Perfect for those curious about the natural world and who want to help local scientists to understand the world around us.
  • Where: Melbourne Museum
  • When: August 15, 1-2pm Book here.

Hello Museum Disco

  • What: Dance beneath the dinosaurs with No Lights No Lycra as Melbourne Museum hosts a special dinosaur disco for families. Young ones can dress-up, get their dancing shoes on and dance in the museum at night. More info and tickets
  • Where: Melbourne Museum
  • When: August 17, 6-8pm
  • Cost: Members $16, Non-Members $18. Book here.

The Giants of Palaeontology

  • What: In this special talk for National Science Week, Dr Erich Fitzgerald and Dr Tom Rich, Senior Curators of Vertebrate Palaeontology at Museums Victoria each talk about significant palaeontological discoveries from Victoria including the extraordinary evolution of whales and Victoria’s polar dinosaurs.
  • Where: Melbourne Museum
  • When: August 19, 2-3pm
  • Cost: Free

Jurassic Park 3D + Palaeontology Talk

  • What: This special screening of the original Jurassic Park 3D at IMAX Melbourne includes an introduction to the film from Museums Victoria palaeontologist Dr Erich Fitzgerald and Swinburne University of Technology palaeontologist Dr Stephen Poropat. Dr Erich and Dr Stephen will provide fascinating insight into how our understanding of dinosaurs has changed dramatically from 1993 when Jurassic Park was originally released.
  • Where: IMAX Melbourne
  • When: August 18, 6:30pm
  • Cost: Premium $32, General $20. Book here.

NASA’s Planet Hunters

  • What: Stargazers can join a NASA scientist to hear stories about the Kepler and Cassini space missions. Listen to tales about searching for planets beyond our solar system, and learn how these missions changed our view of the universe.

    One of the most ambitious efforts in planetary space exploration, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spent thirteen years orbiting Saturn and collecting data, before diving into the planet’s atmosphere last September. Meanwhile the Kepler Space Telescope, is an observatory in space dedicated to finding planets outside our solar system and will run out of fuel sometime this year.

    This special event celebrates these two big missions and their extraordinary contribution to our expanding knowledge of the universe. More info and tickets

  • Where: Scienceworks
  • When: August 13, 6-10pm
  • Cost: Adult $22, Concession $20, Member $15. Book here.

Planetarium shows

  • What: The Melbourne Planetarium presents a simulated display of the night sky that allows people to enjoy the wonder of the stars regardless of the time of day—or the weather! Each session involves a half hour feature that explores an astronomical topic from stars to black holes and is followed by a live presentation of what you can see in the night sky in the southern hemisphere and the major planets and constellations that can be seen. More info here
  • Where: Melbourne Planetarium
  • When: August 11-19
  • Cost: Adult $23, Concession $8, Child $8, Members $6 (prices include museum entry). Book here.

Lightning Room shows

  • What: The Lightning Room offers 30 minute live shows that are entertaining and electrifying! A highlight of each show is the giant Tesla Coil, capable or generating more than two million volts of electricity to produce three metre lightning bolts. Other displays include an electromagnetic can crusher, a Jacob’s ladder, lightning safety strategies and a high voltage pickle cucumber that can really light up your day!
  • Where: Scienceworks
  • When: August 11-19
  • Cost Adult $23, Concession $8, Child $8, Members $6 (prices include museum entry). Book here.

Coding with ScratchJr

  • What: This introductory workshop is for children who are ready to make, play and explore! Sharing an iPad tablet, you can work together to build your own ScratchJr program. It uses a drag-and-drop block-based interface to allow children to get into coding quickly and easily.
  • Where: Scienceworks
  • When: Saturday 11 August, 10:30am – 12noon
  • Cost: Child $30, Member child $25. Book here.

Beginners Robotics for Adults

  • What: Visitors can come and find out what the fuss (and, arguably, the future) of robots is at this robotics and coding workshop. This 90-minute robotics workshop is for adults and is aimed at absolute beginners with no prior coding experience. Using supplied robots, iPads and teamwork visitors will learn how robots move and sense their environment, and how to program their way out of challenges.
  • Where: Scienceworks
  • When: Sunday 19 August, 10:30am – 12noon
  • Cost: Adult $30, Concession $25, Member adult $20. Book here.


Photo Lab: Crafting Your Shot co-created with Chase Jarvis

  • What: According to photographer Chase Jarvis, there are three things you can do to make a great photo: connect with your subject, compose your frame and shape light. In this lab, taught by Apple Creatives, you’ll get hands-on with fun and immersive exercises built on Jarvis’s three techniques.
  • Where: Apple Centre, Canberra
  • When: Thursday 9 August, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Cost: Free. Book here.


How To: Edit Video on Mac

  • What: Explore the fundamentals of movie editing with iMovie. You’ll explore how to think about where your story starts and ends, and get tips for browsing and arranging your clips. Discover how to fine-tune your story with editing tools, themes and trailers, and audio and music. Then find out how to share your movie masterpiece with the world — or even just a friend or two.
  • Where: Apple, Westfield Carindale
  • When: Sunday 5 August, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Cost: Free. Book here.


Quick Start: Coding with Swift Playgrounds

  • What: In this 30-minute session, you’ll learn how to get started with coding using the Swift Playgrounds app.
  • Where: Apple Rundle Place
  • When: Thursday 2 August, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Cost: Free. Book here.


Sketch Walks: Observational Drawings

  • What: Bring your iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for an inspiring walk where you’ll focus on sketching the people, objects and places around you. You’ll practice basic techniques and share tips on how to observe and draw what you see. Wear comfortable shoes and bring only what you need — including fully charged devices.
  • Where: Apple Perth City
  • When: Sunday 5 August, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Cost: free. Book here.

Got a cool geeky event coming up? Email me [email protected] and I’ll pop in in the guide.

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