Myths and mysteries uncovered on Spooky Science Day

25 June 2010

TV scientist Dr Rob will uncover the colourful but often hidden scientific side of magic at The Workshops Rail Museum’s Spooky Science Day, 8 July.

Dr Rob from SCOPE and CSIRO Education will delight and inform budding scientists with loads of cool experiments during a chemical changes show and an electrical light and energy show.

Run as part of the Wizards & Witches Express school holiday program, the Spooky Science Day will also include a Rascally Rat Quest, where visitors must search for the white rats hidden around the Museum to win a prize and the Wizard’s Walk costume parade.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the event aims to give visitors an educational insight into the magic theme of the Wizards & Witches Express program.

“Dr Rob’s shows, together with the other fun activities on offer at the Spooky Science Day, have been designed to encourage children to ask questions about how things work and appreciate that learning about the scientific side of things can be just as fun as the magic tricks themselves,” Mr Moritz said.

Activities from the Wizards & Witches Express event that will be available on the day include screenings of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, wand-making, dress-ups and puzzles in the Garden of Learning, the Starlight Labyrinth and the Puzzling Book-End Wood Workshop ($9.90 per person).

Families can pre-order a picnic hamper to enjoy on the day. Hampers can be ordered by downloading an order form from The Workshops Rail Museum’s website or phoning (07) 3432 5100.

The Wizards & Witches Express event runs from 19 June to 18 July.

The Workshops Rail Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage and Cultural Tourism.

For further information, picnic hamper orders and ticket prices, visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or phone the Wizards & Witches Express Hotline on (07) 3432 5196.

Media Contact: Glenn Price 3432 5100 or 0407 128 995

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