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Scienceworks Just Got A $3.7m Galactic Upgrade

By James Shackell
14th May 2018


Scienceworks. It really does. Especially when you pump in $3.7m to create a new permanent STEM-themed exhibit. That’s Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths, just FYI.

Feast your eyes on Beyond Perception: Seeing The Unseen, Scienceworks’ immersive new landscape for teenagers and young adults, built to examine the invisible forces that bind our world together: stuff like gravitational waves, invisible light, electromagnetism and sound.

It’s fair to say Scienceworks has come a long way from racing a series of light bulbs that represented Cathy Freeman.

Beyond Perception generates its own soundscapes, maps airflow patterns, allows you to experience sound as a physical experience (via something called a Sound Couch) and breaks down the entire Milky Way using electromagnetic spectrums.

The whole thing was co-developed over the last two years by teenage members of a specially-convened youth advisory council, JBoard. Scienceworks also got the help of 28 scientists from top institutions like Monash University, the University of Melbourne and Museums Victoria.

“It’s predicted that education in science and math will be crucial for more than 400,000 new jobs in Victoria by 2025, but participation in these subjects is steadily declining. Beyond Perception aims to counteract this trend and inspire teenagers to participate in STEM by taking them to its most fascinating and imperceptible corners,” says Museums Vic CEO, Lynley Marshall.

The exhibition opened over the weekend. Tickets are $15 (or free with museum entry). The truth is out Spotswood.

The Details

What: Beyond Perception: Seeing The Unseen
Where: Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood
When: Open right now
For more info, click here.

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Image credit: Scienceworks 

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