How do materials turn light into electricity and back again? What is the chemistry of luminescence and fluorescence? How far can we go with solar energy technology?
These questions are set to be answered in a novel, stimulating and interactive manner, with Exciton Science able to confirm it has successfully applied for grant funding from the Australian Government to create an exciting installation during National Science Week in August 2020.
National Science Week events will be held throughout Australia. Across the country there will be stand-alone festivals, music, comedy shows, expert panel discussions, interactive displays, open days and online activities.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews, MP said that “people from all walks of life right across Australia will have the chance to get involved in science through interactive workshops, discussions and demonstrations.
“National Science Week is also an opportunity to meet scientists and for educators to promote the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects both in the classroom and beyond.”
The grants are highly competitive, and aim to support a spread of projects across Australia in a variety of scientific fields.
Exciton Science’s installation will consist of a pop-up lab, workshop and exhibition space in Melbourne’s CBD, aimed at showing audiences what light is, how it can be transformed, manipulated and harnessed in the development of new solar and lighting materials.
The project will be an immersive and educational fluorescent wonderland, with workshops, experiences and demonstrations by researchers and educators from Exciton Science.
We will reveal the science behind nanomaterials, quantum dots, and solar tech, engaging visitors young and old in this fascinating field and informing our audience about the importance of our research into renewable energy technology.