Lake Mac STEAM Week

Learn and be inspired at Lake Mac STEAM - a program for all ages packed full of Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Maths.

Friday 9th August – Friday 16th August 2019

Comedy Night - Alanta Colley: Parasites Lost

Parasites Lost: The story of one woman, who has contained multitudes.

Parasites Lost combines science communication, storytelling, and comedy in a parable on parasites. It is a unique opportunity to learn about the secret life of some of the most ingenious micro-organisms, from someone who’s played host to a bunch of them.

Alanta Colley is a public health practitioner. She’s travelled the world; living in villages in some of the most remote parts of Asia and Africa, sharing health education on how to prevent disease. In the process she’s also managed to contract most of the world’s least pleasant parasites. Essentially she’s terrible at her job.

Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre Tickets $15 per person
Bookings essential
Friday 9 August
Shows at 6pm and 9pm

Stars and Science at Speers Point Park - Lake Mac STEAM Family Day

Paint a starry night, take A Trip to the Moon, search the stars and become a scientist at Lake Mac STEAM Week’s highlight event. Food truck and dinner options will be available for purchase.

Bookings for all activities listed via
Bookings not required for start gazing with the Newcastle Astronomical Society
Speers Point Park Gold Coin Entry Saturday 10 August 3pm-9pm

Program Includes:

The Rover
The Lac Mac Libraries mobile library ‘The Rover’ will be on site with books to read, games to play, virtual reality and robots!
Bookings not required

Star gazing with the Newcastle Astronomical Society
See the stars in a whole new way with the Newcastle Astronomical Society. Once the sun goes down visitors can meet members of the Newcastle Astronomical Society, ask questions and get a close up look at the stars through telescopes.
Bookings not required

Science on the Big Screen
From 6.30pm relax under the stars and enjoy a combination of science and art on the big screen.
At 6.30pm view, the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès. See where special effects and science fiction began in this short film about a group of astronomers who go on an expedition to the Moon. The film runs for 14 minutes and will be screened twice.
From 7.15pm learn something new with largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere, SCINEMA International Science Film Festival, showcasing the best science feature, short, documentary, animated and experimental films from filmmakers around the world. The festival screening will run for 2 hours. Check out the full playlist here.
Bookings required

Join the University of Newcastle’s SMART Science team for interactive shows and hands on activities.
Shows, followed by activities at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm
Bookings required

SMART Science Show: This ‘cool’ show (196 degrees below freezing!) explores the physics and chemistry of matter (solids, liquids, gases) using Liquid Nitrogen. SMART presenters inspire and involve audience members with science through interactive demonstrations, chemical reactions and engaging experiments.

Hands-on Activity (post-show): 2019 National Science Week’s theme is ‘Destination Moon: more missions, more science’. To explore this theme, participants will make and test paper straw rockets, and circular wing gliders, experimenting with the forces of flight and gravity.

Starry Night Painting Workshop - BOOKED OUT
In June 1889 Vincent Van Gough made a swirling colourful starry night famous. Join in a 30 min painting workshop and create your own starry night. Suitable for adults and children.
Workshops at 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm
Bookings required

Tech play for Over 55s – Coding basics with mini-robots

Discover the world of coding using Ozobots. This fun and interactive session will show you how to use visual codes to program miniature robots to dance or navigate a maze. This workshop is aimed at first time coders, looking for a basic understanding of the concepts and ideas behind robotics and coding. This session will also give you the opportunity to use Lake Mac’s Virtual Awaba VR experience.
Bookings required

Monday 12 August, Toronto Library, 10am-11.30am
Wednesday 14 August, Belmont Library, 1pm-2.30pm

Digby’s Moon Mission – Storytime Session

Join author and performer Renee Price for a special interactive show incorporating theatre, song and storytelling, based on her book Digby's Moon Mission.
Renee’s books will be available for purchase and signing on the day.
About the book: One night Digby Fixit wakes to find his room in too much darkness! Discovering the moon in a frightful state, he plans a clever mission to bring back the light of night. This engaging story portrays the importance of friendship, problem solving, working together and embracing imagination.

Swansea Library
Bookings Essential
Friday 16 August
Suitable for children aged 3-5