Press Release May 23, 2019

Enter A New Scientific Reality At Science Alive! Expo

Brighter and STEM Punks set to appear at first-ever Geelong event.

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly your own drone, or enter a new reality by slipping on a pair of goggles?

Children and parents will have the opportunity to do exactly that this weekend in Geelong when Brighter brings drones, virtual reality and robots to the Science Alive! Expo – the largest interactive science exhibition in Australia.

Teaming up with STEM Punks, Brighter will be inspiring kids to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Sarah Browne, Director of Brighter: “Brighter is supporting the Science Alive! Expo in Geelong because we believe STEM is fundamental to the skill set of Australia’s future workforce.”

“The natural gas industry is dependent on innovative technology and is reliant on STEM educated workers – from engineers to environmental scientists – to manage and operate it.”

“Brighter and STEM Punks will demonstrate to families how engaging science can be.”

The energy sector is rapidly adopting new technologies and changing the way it operates. The use of drones and virtual reality has created even more efficient and safe working environments and developed new employment opportunities working with the new technology.

At the expo, people will be able to learn to perform basic drone manoeuvres and undertake a gas pipeline mission. Then, using virtual reality goggles, become an engineer on their very own gas pipeline – all while standing in the GMHBA stadium!

Michael Holmstrom, STEM Punks Program Director: “The STEM Punks mission is to inspire tomorrow’s innovators, and we are doing this by offering Australian children the chance to interact and learn about the technology of tomorrow.”

“We will be bringing drones, virtual reality and coding workshops to Geelong and to show how that science and technology are cool!”

Brian Haddy, Science Alive! Program Director: “The technology exhibits at Science Alive! are always tremendously popular with kids of all ages.”

“Our exhibitors are interactive and provide families with a hands-on learning experience which is also a lot of fun. Science Alive! is all about teaching the importance of science and technology in real life.”

The expo will be open to the public this weekend, 9am – 5pm, at GMHBA Stadium. Entry is free for children under the age of 15. Tickets can be purchased here.

About Brighter: Brighter is an initiative of APPEA, the voice of the Australian oil and gas industry. Brighter is all about natural gas and how we use it every day. As a naturally occurring and abundant resource, it will continue to play an important role in powering Australian homes and businesses.

About Science Alive! expo: Science Alive! is one of the largest interactive science exhibitions in Australia and brings together the big names in science and technology. There will be exhibitors providing hands-on fun that is interactive, dynamic, fun, and educational for all ages.

About STEM Punks: STEM Punks design programs which inspire kids and adults to learn about STEM in a fun and interactive environment. Brighter and STEM Punks have teamed up for the Science Alive event in Geelong this month to demonstrate through interactive workshops how drones and VR are used in the natural gas sector to solve real-world problems.

For more information, please contact:
Ann-Maree Andritsakis
Media and Digital Manager, Brighter
0403581325
[email protected]

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Ann-Maree Andritsakis Media and Digital Manager, Brighter Phone: 0403 581 325
Brighter is an initiative of APPEA, the voice of the Australian oil and gas industry. Brighter is all about natural gas and how we use it every day. As a naturally occurring and abundant resource, it will continue to play an important role in powering Australian homes and businesses. About Brighter