Future World

Sat Aug 17 10am - 4pm

Future World takes place throughout the Wagga Wagga Civic Arcade and nearby venues, at different times throughout the day.

Unless otherwise noted, all Future World events are FREE and do not require bookings.

Get your printable schedule here.

See below for session details.

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TwistED Science

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TwistED Science will be presenting two explosive Fizzle and Pop shows for all ages full of smoke and chemical reactions.

Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Arcade.

Times: 11am-12pm


Also, from 10:30am-4pm there will be hands-on work stations for science activities on the go:

Work Station 1: Get Slimed

Measure, mix, and create amazing slime. Is it solid or liquid? Take your creation home for more science fun. Slime is one of the coolest polymers out there and twistED Science make theirs with a whole lot of laughter!

Work Station 2: Super Bouncy Balls

Make your own super bouncy balls – so much bouncy action in a cool ball. You’ll love it!

Guitar Apocalypse

apocalyptic junk pile and an awesome guitar on fire

This workshop will show you how to build an electric guitar using recycled materials.

You will be supplied with everything you need to create a loud, mean, noise machine, and we’ll finish with a jam of epic proportions!

Will you survive the Guitar Apocalypse?

This event is for participants aged over 12 years. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

Where: Art workshop, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Times: 10 - 11:30am

2 - 3:30pm

Cost: $25

Bookings Essential. Choose your session time and pay for tickets here

Dr Rina Fu - My Mad Scientist Mummy

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Join author, biomedical research scientist and edutainer Dr Rina Fu as she encourages young children to engage with science.

In her 45-minute show, Dr Fu provides a glimpse of what life is like as a scientist, and brings the fascinating world of microscopic bugs to life in the imaginations of children.

Where: Council Meeting Room, Wagga Wagga Civic Arcade

Times: 10:15-11am



Dr Rina Fu is a scientist who has spent 7 years battling the deadly disease malaria, and is currently a lecturer at Edith Cowan University. She has recently authored and illustrated a children's science storybook 'My Mad Scientist Mummy', seeking to inspire the next generation of scientists.

mBot Spot

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Students from TRAC will be demonstrating the capacities of MBOT robots using SCRATCH coding technology.

This is a hands on activity where you get to have a go at basic programming using mBot robots and LEGO.

Particularly suitable for primary school aged children.

Where: E3 Art Space, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Times: 10-11am




Microscopes: Marvellous Microbes

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Discover Marvellous Microbes, with CSU Microscopist John Harper and students from the Faculty of Science.

Drop in to learn amazing facts using CSU's digital microscopes on an awe-inspiring exploration of the very small.

Our museum quality Micro-Eye will also be back in action this year for more microscopic journeys on an epic scale.

Where: Wagga Wagga City Library, downstairs Children's Area

Times: 10am-1pm



Syzygy! Sun earth and moon are aligned

In space, no-one can hear you stream!

Join us for 30 minute sessions of inspirational real-life space footage, spliced together by local space junkie, Jeremy Kruckle.

Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Times: 10:15-10:45am





SciVR Science

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to unprecedented demand, this event has almost completely booked out!

Extra tickets will be released at 10am precisely on Friday 2nd August.

At that time, reserve your spot here. LIMIT OF 4 per customer.

Realise the power of stars, delve into the latest gravitational wave research, and explore the Universe - all without leaving town. Science communicators and researchers Associate Professor Alan Duffy and Dr Rebecca Allen share the latest wonders of Australian-led research in Astronomy through SciVR; an immersive astronomy experience enabled by a virtual reality (VR) smartphone app.

After registering, download the app, then come and join in our live viewing party as you explore the app on your smartphone.

Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Time: Entry from 1:45pm. Live stream starts at 2pm.

This program has been made possible with the generous support of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav), Swinburne University of Technology, and is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.

Headset Holodeck

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Immerse yourself in the latest virtual reality technology.

The team from EduKits are coming along with state-of-the-art headsets to help you explore our natural environment, ocean, space and the human body – all without having to jump on a plane, put on scuba gear, or shrink to the size of an ant.

PLEASE NOTE: The headsets are recommended for ages 8 and over.

Where: Historic Council Chambers, Museum of the Riverina

Times: 10am-12:30pm


Dr Rina Fu - Design a Parasite

The doctor herself and parasites under the microscope

Participants will learn about bugs and diseases in this interactive workshop that fosters imagination and creativity.

Polish up your pencil skills and fine-motor skills as we materialise your creative and scientific ideas into ... little beings!

Bookings are essential for this action packed, unique 20-minute experience.

Where: Community Learning Space, Wagga Wagga City Library

Times: 11-11:20am





Bookings essential. Choose your session time and reserve your spot here.

Dr Rina Fu is a scientist who has spent 7 years battling the deadly disease malaria, and is currently a lecturer at Edith Cowan University. She has recently authored and illustrated a children's science storybook 'My Mad Scientist Mummy', seeking to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Augmented Reality Sandbox

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A hands-on sandbox exhibit combined with 3D visualization applications.

Simply mould the sand by hand and the landscape comes to life!

The sand is augmented in real-time with an elevation colour map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water.

Where: Alf Morris Room, Wagga Wagga Civic Arcade

Times: 10-10:45am






Fun Foam Fantastical Fabulous Fun

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Join us for Fun Foam Fantastical Fabulous Fun in Rosie Deacon’s immersive installation incorporating hundreds of kilograms of Fun Foam - a gooey and textured craft material popular in the 1980s.

Deacon was gifted this truck load of Fun Foam from a studio neighbour (whose parents own a toy company, and were discarding 800kg of this product).

This started Deacon's obsession with the dynamic and versatile material, where she shaped everything from kangaroos, koalas, and trees, to Australian mythical creatures.

Just like the artist, you can use recycled products to shape and create your very own creature!

Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, outside the lower ground entrance

Times: 11:30am-2pm

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