Highlights of Open Day 2014
Geoscience Australia's Open Day held on Sunday 24 August has been heralded another great success with attendance of around 7000 interested visitors experiencing the geosciences.
Open Day is a highlight of the National Science Week ACT program as the community has an opportunity to learn more about our work and hopefully will inspire some of our younger visitors to be our future geoscientists.
This year Geoscience Australia welcomed the Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane who spent time exploring the displays.
It was the enthusiastic staff volunteers that were the stars of the day as they were keen to talk and share their knowledge about the work they do at Geoscience Australia with interested members of the community. This enthusiasm was endorsed by the many glowing comments received from the public acknowledging the great work by the volunteers 'Thank you for a great day! All the volunteers were lovely'; 'Great day and awesome volunteers! Thanks'; 'Staff very friendly and helpful. Thank you!'
Open Day had 20 displays, 15 family friendly activities, five tours, three science talks for adults, two science talks for children and eight visiting organisations. Some of the key statistics included:
- Around 7000 visitors came through the doors
- Over 730 stamp passports were completed
- Over 900 mini sediment columns were created in the Education Centre
- 850 visitors participated in the panning activity
- Over 1000 wooden dinosaurs were decorated
- All tours were fully subscribed
- All science talks were well attended and live streamed via the website
Feedback received from visitors was overwhelmingly positive with many people very happy to see the return of the roaming Erth dinosaur, with ABC 666 Canberra presenter Lish Fejer surviving being playfully "eaten" by T-Rex during their live broadcast!
Other favourites included the rocks and minerals display in the foyer, panning, the exploding volcano and teddies, the many hands-on kids activities including the stamp passports and the opportunity to engage with Geoscience Australia's friendly staff at the science displays.
Open Day also went national, with the five science talks being live-streamed via the web on the day. These talks are still available for viewing if you missed them.
Geoscience Australia would also like to acknowledge the contribution made by other organisations who attended on the day including Murray Darling Basin Authority, Questacon, the Australian National University Research School of Earth Sciences, the National Dinosaur Museum, Australian Seismometers in Schools Program and the Age of Fishes Museum.
Geoscience Australia is now looking forward to Open Day 2015 (and National Science Week), and will again invite the community to come along and share the day!