Highlights of 2020
Incredible days of discovery
STEM for Schools
Naval Group is Australia’s international design and build partner for the Future Submarine Program. At Science Alive 2020! you could meet members of our team, build your own virtual submarine, take a submarine selfie and explore the exciting careers available with Naval Group Australia.
To find out more about the Naval Group, visit their website.
Scientific Expedition Group
At the Scientific Expedition Group’s exhibit in 2020 you learnt how a mammal and reptile trap-line works on a biological survey, the importance of ants in the natural world and found and counted elusive stick insects in their natural habitat.
To find out more about the Scientific Expedition Group, visit their website.
Could you help a driverless car navigate on a busy road? This 2020 exhibit tested communication skills to guide friends through a driverless bus simulation maze; presented rolling science demonstrations, with an exciting new activity every few minutes; and don't forget the giant jellyfish.
To find out more about Flinders University, visit their website.
You could pilot an underwater robot while learning about electronics and motors. Then look into a new dimension with an augmented reality headset. It’s just like you’re really there! The talented team where also available to talk about how to turn ideas into products.
To find out more about SAAB Australia, visit their website.
Some of Australia’s amazing Aussie animals where on site for an up close experience! Friendly native birds, reptiles, mammals and marsupials participated in a safe, interactive experience. Our awesome wildlife demonstrators taught you about the critters that call Australia home.
To find out more about the Animals Anonymous, visit their website.
Australian Dalek Builders Union
At our stand you may have met daleks as well as meticulously crafted replicas (that sometimes come alive). Our Daleks talk just like they do on tv. Younger fans could make their own mini-dalek.
To find out more about the Australian Dalek Builders Union, visit their website.
Kids loved this opportunity to make their own slime using a variety of different techniques!
Adults, never fear, all slime was given its own take-home bag (and all the clean up was on us!)
Young Scientists of Australia
The Young Scientists of Australia was extremely excited to present the theme for 2020; "The human body", where we showcased a range of awesome and mind boggling experiments, demonstrations, and trivia related to the human body! Our stall displayed everything from our DNA building blocks, to our organ systems, right up to how it all comes together to make us who we are!
To find out more about the Young Scientists of Australia, visit their website.
Questacon had two travelling exhibitions at Science Alive 2020! To discover and explore principles of light, music and sound, human biology and health, force and motion, ecology and the environment, electricity and magnetism, human population and genetics with Science on the Move and getting hands on with everyday scientific principles and problem solving puzzles Fascinating Science's logic, balance, fluids, illusions, and mathematical puzzles.
To find out more about Questacon, visit their website.
South Australian Museum
South Australian Museum staff and scientists where on hand to help you learn what it’s like to work at the Museum. Digging for fossils in our dig pits and seeing which ones you could identify was something the whole family enjoyed at this display.
To find out more about the the SA Museum, visit their website.
A huge range of crystals, minerals, fossils, shells, sea-life and bugs where for sale, from Adelaide’s own internationally renowned Natural History gift and collector supplier.
To find out more about the Naturally Wild, visit their website.
Switched on Kids
Switched On Kids sell educational toys that aim to stimulate educational learning. Toys to engage and enhance your 3-15 year old's learning and fascinate young adults where available.
To find out more about the Switched on Kids, visit their website.
An interactive exhibit with robotics displays that demonstrated the simplicity and flexibility of the Arduino microprocessor to build almost any gadget you can dream up. You are limited only by your imagination!
To find out more about the Techspace Learning, visit their website.
Marine Discovery Centre
The Marine Discovery Centre at Henley Beach attended Science Alive! for the first time in 2020. Thinking of becoming a future Marine Scientist or an Ocean Warrior? Kids loved the hands-on Marine Habitat exhibit, microscopes and Virtual Reality headsets featuring South Australian marine life. There was also a selection of local marine wildlife specimens, bones and shells on display.
To find out more about the Marine Discovery Centre, visit their website.
Bugs n Slugs
The team from bugs n slugs have been bugging Science Alive! patrons right from the start. Every year they bring an amazing array of incredible invertebrates that you can get up close and personal with.
Getting bugged is not such a bad thing!
To find out more about the Bugs n Slugs, visit their website.
Learning more about Australia’s University of Enterprise.
Visitors could visually explore STEM with UniSA. Prompting creative thinking about innovations occurring in STEM and what the future might hold.
To find out more about UniSA, visit their website.
Do you love all forms of technology, electronics, programming, 3D printing, modifying tech and building stuff? Then you would have loved what our members have been up to!
We had a life size K9, retro video games, 3D printers, air cannon and lots of other creations.
To find out more about Hackerspace, visit their website.
Junior Field Naturalists SA
Nature-based games to play that were heaps of fun! Plus shells, rocks, insects, bugs and animal skulls for all to see.
To find out more about the Junior Field Naturalists, visit their website.
The Curiosity Show
Rob and Deane were on site to talk to Curiosity Show viewers, demonstrate some of the Curiosity Show's most popular segments and offer DVDs of Curiosity Show activities at a special Science Alive price as well as signed copies of Rob's Curious Recollections, a recent memoir of Life in the Curiosity Show. and Deane's science activities package, "Magic of Science" (book) and "Table Top Science" (DVD).
To find out more about the The Curiosity Show, visit their website.
Australian Society for Microbiology
The Australian Society for Microbiology is a not-for-profit organisation, formed in 1959 as a learned society devoted to furthering the science of microbiology. If you stopped by their stall you could have built your own bacteria, saw glow in the dark bacteria, played a biofilm fighter adventure game, and looked at the world under a microscope!
To find out more about the Australian Society for Microbiology, visit their website.
Micro-X’s expertise in their proprietary cold cathode, carbon nanotube (CNT) emitter technology was demonstrated via a display module, demonstrating the reduction in size and weight of a CNT x-ray tube when compared to a conventional x-ray tube. Micro-X also had their second product, the Rover, on display, it’s a full performance, digital, mobile medical x-ray imager, and attendees were able to experience the easy manoeuvrability, flexibility and extreme mobility of the product. Micro-X Engineers were also available to answer any STEM questions.
To find out more about the Micro-X, visit their website.
Adelaide Robot Combat
Adelaide Robot Combat came to Science Alive 2020! An up close and behind the scenes exhibit! You could also talk to the builders!
To find out more about the Adelaide Robot Combat, visit their Facebook group.
Whether you’re interested in the molluscs that build Shell Reefs, other marine life such as hermit crabs, barnacles, sea urchins or the marine invertebrates that define our unique temperate waters marine ecosystems.
Maybe you just admire their natural beauty or enjoy eating seafood, or just want to know about their amazing lifestyles. If you are a beachcomber or citizen scientist, student or teacher. Whatever your level of interest, our friendly members where sharing their knowledge through our set of bioregional displays, charts and booklets.
To find out more about the Malacological Society of SA, visit their facebook page.
Mini Pini Pinballs
This local small family business focused on eco friendly fun hits Science Alive 2020.
Mini Pini Pinballs is a STEM project which is both fun for kids and adults alike. Designed by a local Adelaide teacher as a way of inspiring his students to build, design artwork and enjoy, the Mini Pini became a huge hit with his students and their parents alike both for entertainment and knowing the product is plastic free and 95% locally sourced (unfortunately no one in Australia manufactures marbles?!).
Vic Martins’ passion and dedication shone through as he delighted in watching kids time and time again put down their devices and enjoy the challenge that is this fun arcade game.
Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries
Did you know that South Australian reefs have more colour, diversity and endemic species than the Great Barrier Reef? Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries Inc. (EMS) is a safe and supervised guided snorkel tour or virtual reality 360 video to learn more about our amazing marine life. EMS is run by a group of passionate ocean loving volunteers, many with a marine biology background, who are keen to share their knowledge and skills.
To find out more about EMS, visit their website.
Learn more about incorporating robotics into your life. Free resources to support your journey including STEM Labs with mapped curriculum, Online Educator Certification, familiar programming language VEXCode in both block and text based and VEX VR (virtual robot).
To find out more about VEX Robotics, visit their website.
Is your house the hottest one in your street or is it a cool place to be? Green Adelaide discussed the issue of urban heat in the metropolitan area and you could check out your favourite landmarks around Adelaide using heat mapping technology. Making Adelaide a cooler, greener, wilder and more climate-resilient city.
To find out more about Green Adelaide, visit their website.
Southern Bricks Lego User Group
Moving parts, educational learning and mind blowing creations. Pleasing both young and old and some LEGO MASTER guests popped in!
To find out more about Southern Bricks Lego User Group, visit their website.
Do you like lasers? Black holes? Einstein? OzGrav researchers were on hand to chat about the laser interferometer (we nicknamed it AMIGO) that works just like LIGO to detect gravitational waves. You could also check out our virtual tour of LIGO in Minecraft. Visit www.ozgrav.org/apps for some fun apps and resources.
To find out more about OzGrav, visit their website.
Academy of Interactive Entertainment
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is Australia's most awarded 3D animation, game design and visual FX educator. Created as a non-profit organisation to grow the creative digital sector, AIE pioneered the development of specialist game qualifications and continues to innovate through industry partnerships and dynamic teaching.
AIE courses are practical, career-focused and delivered by industry experienced teachers in a seriously fun and creatively-demanding studio environment. AIE and its graduates have won many awards over the years including twice being named the Australian Small Training Provider of the Year (2007 and more recently in 2016).
To find out more about Academy of Interactive Entertainment, visit their website.
We had many interactive displays presenting some of our industry leading projects and the engineering behind them. One of these displays was our professional flight simulators showcasing Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft including the famous F-35, MH-60K Black Hawk and many more!
To find out more about Lockheed Martin, visit their website.
Naval Shipbuilding College
If you visited the team at the Naval Shipbuilding College you would have learnt about the technology behind some of the world’s most advanced shipbuilding programs and the exciting careers available! Interactive activities with cool prizes too!
To find out more about Naval Shipbuilding College, visit their website.