Football physics, skateboard science, augmented reality all on display for kids at Sydney Innovation Games

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-18 15:18:09|Editor: xuxin
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SYDNEY, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Usually reserved for major sporting fixtures like athletics, rugby, soccer and Australian rules football, on Sunday Sydney's Olympic Park precinct played host to the Innovation Games - an event which aims to make science more exciting for children.

Held in association with Australian's National Science Week and the Sydney Science Festival, curator of the Innovation Games Holly Kershaw told Xinhua that it is critical to encourage younger generations to engage with science and develop problem-solving skills.

"Kids are naturally curious and I think science brings out that natural curiosity," she said, adding "We know that four year olds will always ask 'why' and science gives kids the tools to answer those questions."

While science can often be difficult and sometimes boring for kids, at the Innovation Games things are a little different.

"We've got a stage program that's packed with awesome shows. Everything from juggling knives and chainsaws to understanding why seat belts work, to understanding how the periodic table of chemistry relates to sports," Kershaw said.

As well as an augmented reality treasure hunt, children also have the chance to learn about football physics, skateboard science and drone technology.

"We've got a number of things with magnets, and frogs, and some biology," Kershaw said.

"We'll be extracting DNA from strawberries and looking at Australian wildlife, we want to get as many kids engaged in science as possible," she added.