Kids invited to explore, get messy at science day

Lenny and Ollie Iyer and Cooper and Charlotte Miller get ready for the first Forbes Science Discovery Day by making their own volcano.
Lenny and Ollie Iyer and Cooper and Charlotte Miller get ready for the first Forbes Science Discovery Day by making their own volcano.

There'll be messy fun, an opportunity to explore and discover, this Thursday.

The very first Forbes Science Discovery Day for under fives is on at the Forbes Youth and Community Centre from 10am on Thursday, May 30, and families are encouraged to attend.

The aim of the day is to provide an experience for Forbes children aged up to five years to explore some of the many facets of science in an interactive and hands-on event, one of the organisers Candice Iyer says.

There'll be a range of exhibits focussed on science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM).

"Children, especially young children are discovering on their own every day, tastes, effects, feel and results from being an active part of their environment," Candice said.

"By using and recognising scientific methodology behind this discovery will escalate their learning and understanding of our environment and make them inspired STEAM learners for the rest of their lives.

"Children will be encouraged to get messy, to be curious, to have fun and to ask questions about science."

There will be eight different activities sure to please the little ones - and give them insight into the world around them.

While we don't want to give everything away, exhibits will range from static electricity and magnets, right through to magic slime and home-made volcanos as pictured above.

"By participating and conducting the experiments on the day, children can learn how easy it is to collect, classify, measure and record to give them an understanding of how easy scientific discovery and methods are," Candice said.

"Scientific method for children is to observe, hypothesise, predict and experiment.

"In fact that is the methodology used in all branches of life science - which is discovering and understanding the universe."

Activities will be on offer from 10am to 1pm, with 10 to 11am especially set aside for families and small family daycare groups to come and have some time before the childcare centres attend.

It's a free event, part of local Families Week fun.