In a coup for Science at the Local Blue Mountains, National Science Week in New South Wales will be launched in Springwood on Sunday, August 4.
The free family event will feature the state's chief scientist and engineer, a digital farmhand robot demonstration and expert talks on how technology is transforming NSW.
Held at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub from 2.30-4pm, guest speakers will be NSW chief scientist and engineer, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, and Professor Salah Sukkarieh of Agerris and the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at The University of Sydney
"Our Ag Robotics STEM program for high school students in regional NSW is helping to bridge the digital knowledge divide between the city and the bush," said Professor Sukkarieh.
"Our hope is that many will go on to choose careers in agricultural science or other STEM-related fields where they can make a difference in NSW regional communities."
Professor Durrant-Whyte said: "This is a terrific example of great research being translated into powerful outcomes to deliver smart, cost-effective solutions to agricultural challenges faced by Australia and the world."
Science at the Local co-founder Hamish Clarke said National Science Week is "Australia's national celebration of science and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to kick off this year's state-wide program here in the Lower Mountains".
"It's a real coup to have two such accomplished scientists speaking. And did we mention they're bringing a robot?" said fellow co-founder Kevin Joseph.
The free community event is open to all. Bookings essential. http://bluemountainstheatreandhub.com.au/event/science-at-the-local/