Wollongong Central is hosting a range of interactive scientific experiences during the summer school break from this Thursday.
The free Byte Wise travelling exhibition created by Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra is at Wollongong Central until Australia Day. The exhibition on level one of the Crown Building next to Michael Hill Jewellers is suitable for children over the age of 10.
Byte Wise is designed to inspire visitors’ curiosity and confidence and build greater understanding of how computational thinking works and is used in everyday life.
Wollongong Central marketing manager Holly Howell it was not the first time a Questacon had brought a popular exhibition to the shopping centre.
“Questacon takes something that seems difficult and frames it in a way that is easy to understand and that shows the fun behind science. You can get hands-on with the exhibits and it’s a fantastic way to incorporate fun into learning,” she said.
“With exhibits like The Game of Nim, visitors can take on a mechanical computer in a battle of wits. While they devise their winning strategies, they’ll also learn about early programming, and how to physically implement logic and decision making in mechanical computers”.
Byte Wise explores key themes of computational thinking including programming, algorithms, patterns, irrational numbers, measurement, geometry, logic and problem solving.
Children can learn to count in binary and or play with pixels in the interactive exhibition.