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Immersive Science IV (SciVR): HISH Science Champions

Immersive Science IV (SciVR): HISH Science Champions

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Immersive Science IV (SciVR) : HISH Science Champions


The Universe is waiting to be discovered. SciVR will take you on a hunt out into the universe for things that go boom! We’ll explore the origins of mysterious and energetic phenomena, tracking events as they occur with Alan Duffy and Rebecca Allen with live Q&A. Download the free app and explore the universe

SciVR brings our incredible universe to you using virtual reality through your smartphone. With our foldable VR headset that clips to your phone, you’ll delve into a whole new world of science.

During Science Week, we will be bringing some unique experiences to you through a LIVE event via the SciVR app. Dr Rebecca Allen and A/Prof Alan Duffy share research using Australian facilities, like the CSIRO Parkes telescope, to reveal more about the nature of these extreme and transiting objects. This shorter live stream event caters to families with younger children who want to learn about space

SciVR is designed to engage all audiences and easy to operate for those with little technical experience. We will have Auslan interpreting as well as a talk aimed at younger audiences. Through continued efforts with regional partners, we will reach viewers in rural and urban areas. Collaboration with the Moondani Toombadool Centre at Swinburne to create an appropriate acknowledgment of indigenous astronomy to help audiences appreciate the discoveries our ancestors made over thousands of years.

Together, we will:

  • Explore the origins of mysterious and energetic phenomena, tracking astrological events as they occur.
  • Share the latest wonders of space research using Australian facilities, like the famous CSIRO Parkes Telescope
  • Discover extreme space science and explore the research that fuels it
  • Learn about indigenous astronomy – such as the discoveries our ancestors made thousands of years ago


To get a free headset, be one of the first 30 households by contacting Tim Roberts on 0418 205 664.

One headset limit per household. To be collected from the T&G building in Newcastle (Suite 3D1, 45 Hunter Street Newcastle [contact Tim on 0418 205 664 to arrange once registered]). Postage is offered at an additional fee of $10 P&H.

Once these headsets are gone, you can still use our app in non-VR mode by choosing to disable VR when opening the app.

A link to the SciVR app is available via and is also available free for Apple or Android, on whatever smartphone you have, and is best enjoyed through our foldable headsets or through google cardboard. There are no in-app purchases.

Event information:

If you have already downloaded the app, check for updates (update expected in middle of July) via the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Please make sure your smartphone fully charged. The adults event runs for an hour, and the family event runs for 30 minutes and you will be using the app the whole time.

Participants keep the VR headset after the event so they can keep exploring.

Alan and Rebecca will be accepting questions via Twitter using the hashtag #AskSciVR and answer them during the live event.

Please check out the FAQs and publicly available resources online at


To attend the event go to and click on the button “Link to live stream”.

7:45pm to 9pm AEST on Friday 21st August 2020 (Adults)

(talk starts at 8pm AEST, 7:30pm ACST, 6pm AWST) 


11:15am to 12pm AEST on Saturday 22nd August (Families with children)

(talk starts at 11:30am AEST, 11am ACST, 9:30am AWST)


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This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.


Date And Time

21-08-2020 @ 08:00 PM to
22-08-2020 @ 09:00 PM


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The NSW Regional Science Hub initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government

Inspiring Australia
Bunnings Warehouse
Forsythes Advisors

A network of initiatives enhancing community engagement with S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) in the Hunter.



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