Drones, droids and lasers invade Museum

08 August 2016

Drones, droids and lasers are set to take over the Museum of Tropical Queensland on Wednesday, 17 August for a special family-friendly evening as part of National Science Week celebrations.

Fly in for a night of hands-on fun which will explore the past, present and future of these high-tech gadgets.

Throughout the evening program ozobots, test out some virtual reality 3D goggles and interact with NAO robots after taking in the highlight of Drones, Droids and Lasers - an interactive laser show delivered by the Australian National University and Questacon.

Queensland Museum Network CEO and Director Professor Suzanne Miller said Drones, Droids and Lasers celebrated learning, imagination and creativity.

“The Museum of Tropical Queensland is celebrating National Science Week by bringing together national, state and local scientists and presenters to showcase the amazing possibilities for discoveries and careers in STEM,” Professor Miller said.

“The Museum’s own robot-assisted reef research will be featured, with our scientists talking to teenagers about their work and the choices they made in pursuing careers in applied research,” she said.

Questacon’s Patrick Helean said the innovative laser show performance, the first of its kind in Far North Queensland, will include the inspiring story of Aleksandr Prokhorov who was born on the Atherton Tablelands and went on to become one of the co-winners of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1964 for inventing the laser.

“Einstein wondered what would happen if excited atoms were hit with photons to create super-excited atoms; his thought experiment led to the creation of an avalanche of light and then to the laser,” Mr Helean said.

“It then took many years, and Prokhorov and his team, before Einstein’s dream became reality, and there’s every possibility that Einstein himself may make a special star appearance during the laser show.”

Other Drones, Droids and Lasers activities include drone flights, 3D printing demonstrations and the chance to create a take-home masterpiece using conductive thread.

Visit mtq.qm.qld.gov.au for more information. Tickets are available through Qtix.

Tickets are $21 for adults and $16 for children and MyMuseum members. This event is suitable for children aged 12 and over.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum Network, is open from 9.30am -5pm daily (closed Good Friday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day).