Scouts blast off from Mount Stromlo!

online-adScouts and Guides will be aiming high and reaching for the stars this coming Saturday as National Science Week gets underway.

Les Explorateurs Scout Group, together with Mount Stromlo Observatory, will host nearly 1000 Scouts and Guides from across the ACT and surrounding region for a special astronomy night to celebrate the International Year of Light.

Acting Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia (ACT Branch) Mr Rick Goode said that Scouting provides young Australians, aged 6 to 25, with a range of fun and challenging opportunities to grow through adventure.

“This event provides a great chance for our members to directly engage with science. It also aligns with the Scouting philosophy of building enquiring minds and exploring the natural world,” Mr Goode explained.

Astronomer Dr Brad Tucker, from the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University, said Mount Stromlo Observatory was thrilled to be expanding their popular public astronomy nights and to inspire Australia’s next generation of scientists.

“Nights like these allow us to share our passion for astronomy, but also both the practical and awesome side of astronomy,” Dr Tucker added.

Reach for the Stars badgeOn the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by professional astronomers and scientists from Mount Stromlo Observatory, featuring a range of exciting topics including meteorites, lasers, the immense size of the universe and collisions and explosions in space. Outside, star-gazing will be facilitated by volunteers from the Canberra Astronomical Society.

“We would not have been able to deliver such a fantastic event without the seed funding we received from the ACT National Science Week committee, and many hours of volunteer effort,” said event co-organiser Kate Lehane.

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science, with over 1400 events already registered throughout Australia including 60 events taking place right here in the ACT. Details can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au.

For further information about Scouts ACT – Reach for the Stars contact Kate Lehane on 0413 482 123.

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