ON THE JOB: Vetebrate paleontologist Dr Scott Hocknull with megafauna fossil specimens. Dr Hocknull has spent time collecting fossils from around Chinchilla.
ON THE JOB: Vetebrate paleontologist Dr Scott Hocknull with megafauna fossil specimens. Dr Hocknull has spent time collecting fossils from around Chinchilla. Gary Cranitch

Science festival returns

CHINCHILLA is being spoilt for a second year in a row with the World Science Festival set to go off with a bang when it returns to town.

Originating in New York, World Science Festival was held for the first time in Brisbane in 2016.

Chinchilla is one of only four towns the festival visits.

The festival kicks off with a student day on March 31 followed by a community day on April 1, both of which are being held at Chinchilla Cultural Centre.

More than 200 local students will take part in the program while the community day is a free event open to everyone and will run all day from 9am-4pm.

Students will be given the opportunity to interact with artefacts and displays and take part in hands-on science demonstrations.

They will also be able to talk to experts from STEM-related fields and participate in "speed chat a scientist” and wind turbine workshops.

Professor Suzanne Miller, CEO of the Queensland Museum Network, said by bringing World Science Festival to Chinchilla, she hopes the community is excited and engaged by STEM subjects.

"It's is an opportunity for students to be equally aware of the wonders of scientific discovery and to have access to the top people working in their STEM fields. The festival is full of lots of great fun conversations, so people get really excited about science,” she said.


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