Take your kids on a scientific adventure! On entering OptusLab their eyes will pop open when they see the equipment at their disposal: test tubes filled with coloured liquids, and droppers, microscopes and slides. The liquids in the tubes are only simple substances found in your own kitchen, but this activity, like all the others at CSIRO Discovery, aims to promote the excitement of experimentation and teach a few scientific principals.
Black Mountain Laboratories, Clunies Ross St, Acton; (02) 6246 4646
■ The two floors of working laboratories with big viewing windows; watch real CSIRO scientists at work.
CSIRO stands for Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. The scientists here work on a huge diversity of projects, making discoveries and solving problems for industry, society and the environment. CSIRO scientists have discovered endangered handfish that use their fins for ‘walking’ instead of swimming, worked on technologies for saving lives during bushfires, and even produced cookbooks for healthy eating.
■ Check the website for science experiments you can do at home.
- CSIRO Discovery, Acton, In city