Opening Doors offers cross-cultural science communication practice to ANU students

Opening Doors, in collaboration with the Goulburn Multicultural Centre, offered ANU science communication students the opportunity to practice their IMG_20150929_144621cross-cultural communication skills during an event in Canberra on 29 September. Seventeen ANU students enrolled in Cross-cultural Perspectives in Science Communication, a third-year and co-badged postgraduate level ANU course, scientifically engaged a group of twenty-five newly arrived, culturally and linguistically diverse immigrants, settled regionally in Goulburn NSW. The ANU students involved the visitors from Goulburn in a range of science communication activities that featured games, demonstrations and discussions about different scientific concepts, study options and career choices. The ANU students are pictured here engaging the Goulburn visitors in an interactive ice-breaker on the lawns behind the National Gallery in Canberra. More pictures from this event can be viewed here.

Earlier that day, the culturally and linguistically diverse immigrants from Goulburn, visited QuestaconIMG_20150929_115024, as part of the on-going collaboration between Opening Doors and the Goulburn Multicultural Centre, which organizes a visit to Canberra annually during the September/October school holidays. The visit was made possible through the generosity of Questacon, which offered free admission to the Goulburn visitors. Pictured here are some of the Goulburn visitors on their way to a science show at the Questacon Japan Theatre.

Opening Doors is working with Multicultural Youth Services, the host organization of the Goulburn Multicultural Centre, to extend practical learning experiences for ANU students enrolling in the Cross-cultural Perspectives in Science Communication course.

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ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Public Policy and Outreach Nomination

Opening Doors was one of the six academic achievements nominated by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science for the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Public Policy and Outreach 2015. The other academic achievements included Science Circus Africa, Science in ACTion and KindaThinky, which were nominated together under the title of “Science Engagement Champions”. Continue reading

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QuestaBird Launch Event in Goulburn

On Saturday 6 September, Opening Doors in partnership with i-zD4c66K-XLQuestaGame embarked on a citizen science project with the Goulburn-based multicultural youth group: Bigger, Better and Stronger Community (BBSC). The project will involve downloading and using the QuestaBird mobile phone-based App to capture photographic information of Australian native bird species which can be uploaded directly to the Atlas of Living Australia. Continue reading

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GMC joins QuestaBird

QuestaGame, Australian-based digital venture that uses fun and exciting social gaming technologies to engage people in real world activities, recently launched a partnership with the Goulburn Multicultural Centre. Continue reading

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Another New Year

Opening Doors wishes that 2014 will offer more science learning and career training opportunities to young humanitarian immigrants in Australia. This year too, the project will continue its science engagement activities with the Goulburn Multicultural Centre. Watch this space for more news and events. Continue reading

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GMC visits Canberra during the September school holidays

DSCN5169On 24 September, twelve young people and their families from the Goulburn Multicultural Centre (GMC) visited Canberra for an afternoon of science engagement. This visit was part of the on-going partnership with Opening Doors, which offers science programmes during the school holidays to the GMC community. Continue reading

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GMC Newsletter

The August 2013 Issue of the Goulburn Multicultural Centre (GMC) Newsletter has acknowledged the success of Opening Doors activities with the community. Click on the image below to read relevant sections from the Newsletter. Continue reading

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Rotary Club of Canberra North hears about Opening Doors

IMG_4830Opening Doors project leader, Dr Sean Perera, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Canberra North, on Thursday 15 August. Pictured here is Dr Perera delivering his presentation at the Woyani Country Club meeting room. Several distinguished Rotarians, including the District Governor Elect Mr Rowley Tompsett, where present on the evening. Continue reading

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Opening doors to science careers

IMG_4804Opening Doors was delighted to welcome the GMC community on a second visit to Canberra in July, when they visited Canberra CareersXpo at Exhibition Park on 31 July. Continue reading

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GMC endorses love for Science

On Thursday 11 July, GMC embarked on yet another school holiday program with Opening Doors. The programme titled Science and Democracy showcased the role of democratic governance and decision making in Australian science. Continue reading

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