|Start of the "school day"|
We knew it was going to be a scorcher of a day, around 40C, so we did the discovery walk before it got too hot. This walk around the grounds of the centre is a little over a km and is in fact a scale timeline from the formation of the earth through to the present day. Modern humans are represented by just a few cm. Along the walk are typical rock types from the era along with fossils of organisms alive at the time. I was surprised just how much L was into this and looking for crystals and fossils in the giant slabs of rock.
|Fascinated by huge mica crystals|
|Banded iron stone|
In the discovery room we touched lots more rocks, minerals and fossils. The children looked at specimens under ultraviolet light and through microscopes. There were some experiments to do such as floating pumice, finding magnetic rocks and testing for porosity. There's lots of information on display in the room and leaflets, posters and models to take away with you.
|A favourite specimen|
|Jigsaw of the Earth's plates|
|Testing for porosity|
|What is sand made from?|
For more science we headed along to Questacon for some hands on experiments. We also caught the collision show hosted by a mad scientist.
|Is the crown made of real gold?|