Light, sound and action for SciNight

Man touching balloon with man watching on

Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre came to life with light, sound and action when SciNight–Questacon’s adult-only event–was held on Friday 14 August 2015.

More than 800 people passed through the doors to see over 200 interactive exhibits, which included the opportunity to eye-ball the insides of a real eye ball, experiment with some unconventional musical instruments and watch a series of shows.

Sound preservation gurus from the National Film and Sound Archive, Graham McDonald and Gerry O’Neill, dusted off century old technology to record on wax cylinders, a system patented by Thomas Edison.

Another show that captivated audiences on the night was Graham Walker's thrilling science, which featured tunes by DJ sixfootsix’s. This show featured a mix of fireballs, explosions, marshmallow cannons and massive liquid nitrogen clouds all mashed-up to music.

There was (almost) no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement during No Lights No Lyrca. Everyone was encouraged to completely let go and shake out the stresses of the week in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis demonstrated how light is used in biotechnology to modify proteins and activate genes, while the lighter side of the evening offered UV face painting and flashing fairy floss!

Questacon’s Facebook page will provide updates leading into the next SciNight planned for October, which will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future!