Futureworld Happenings Summer 2015/Autumn 2016
Dear members, welcome to our latest newsletter.
Futureworld’s Gala Dinner was held in April 2016 after some delays were encountered in 2015. It was well attended at the Builders Club and those there were entertained by musician Ray Friday and Al Gore, our guest speaker.
The Pat Mowbray Innovation Award was presented at the dinner. The 2015/6 recipient was Shaun Albiston’s 3R Systems Company for their innovative approach and passion for recycling.
Futureworld secured a stand at the Open day at the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Building Research Centre last November which attracted lots of interest.
Wollongong City Council’s Rise and Shine Event
invited us to attend last November. Futureworld volunteers: Russell Verdon, Barry Voller and Chris Stephens ran a greenhouse capers themed station to explain to several primary schools about the greenhouse effect. We then had them enjoy human sized enviro snakes and ladders games to round off the event.
Recent visits to the centre include: Year 7 from West Wyalong, learning about Energy and technology,
and The Illawarra Christian School from their Tongara campus who partook in our Wetlands program.
We also had 160 Year 8 students from St John’s Nowra visit the centre as part of their environmental studies.
During Seniors’ Week, we gave a talk and a guided tour to an enthusiastic group of people.
We continue to run our workshop programs.
Recently we ran two fun school holiday workshops titled “Co-motion” and “Buzz crackle and Zap”.
In addition to the School Holiday Workshops, we continue to provide science based workshops for home schooled children as a means of additional funding for the centre. Recent workshop topics have included: Brain function, Computers and Programming, Simple and complex machines. Electronics will be next
Following on from The Illawarra Outdoor Club’s Forensic science workshops of which five were held during 2015, we now have another 7 scheduled in the next two months for our other mature aged groups.
Our refurbished Solar Hot water display incorporating other Solar thermal technologies still requires some more work for completion.
Our Solar Electricity Display has now had the majority of work carried out and when complete will finalise our major display update.
Being volunteer based, we are continually looking for additional volunteers to assist in the myriad jobs involved with running of the centre. If you are interested or know someone who might be willing to assist at the centre we would be grateful to have you/them on board. Futureworld acknowledges the contribution of volunteers Peter Weaver and Marjan Kramer who have been pivotal in keeping the doors open. We have also taken on two work for dole employees in the last month and the centre has benefitted from their contributions.
We have received a grant from the Builders Club which will allow us to re-institute a “Kids saving the Planet” program.
One of our associates, April Sampson- Kelly from Permaculture Visions International has met with our Board with a view to assisting in the development and presentation of seminars/workshops for the centre.