Festival of Science is back from August 8-10

SHARE YOUR IDEAS: Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub member John O'Brien with his nifty milk carton "hack" his family uses to organise small items in their shed.
SHARE YOUR IDEAS: Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub member John O'Brien with his nifty milk carton "hack" his family uses to organise small items in their shed.

Got a gizmo, hack, workaround, invention or doo-hickey you want to share?

The Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub group is hoping for a lively show and tell as part of its bumper line up of activities planned for the Festival of Science from August 10-18.

"We reckon there's an awful lot of clever knick-knacks in the sheds and homes around here," said John O'Brien, one of the Hub organisers.

"It could be something your grandad got made as a 'foreign order' at BHP, or something your mum invented to help corral the chooks, or a technique for carrying wire to a hard-to-get-to site, or some new solar-powered thingummy to make life easier."

John was inspired by a 1945 book called Handy Farm and Home Devices and How To Make Them which is a collection of ideas from Australian newspapers aimed at helping rural folk 'make do'.

"There's everything from horse hints to making things out of old engine parts to clever ways to fence awkward spaces to unusual rabbit traps," he said.

"Classic stuff for a Depression or wartime era, but people have always done it. The same inventiveness is alive and well today."

John would love to hear from anyone who has something, however simple or complicated to show or a story to tell. "I have no idea what we'll get. The sky's the limit really."

The festival is the Hub's contribution to National Science Week and includes a brewing trivia at the pub and a return of the popular Scinema, a festival of science cinema at the James Theatre.

Science On The Street will see junior scientists from local schools grace Dowling Street with more than a dozen active "experiments". Future Paddock is all about technology in the field - soil, fungi, robots, drones, "rewilding", inventions and indigenous knowledge all on the cards. There will also be a panel discussion from experts answering the question: "Where to next?"

The Festival Of Science is supported by the Commonwealth Government's Inspiring Australia National Science Week program. For more information, see the Paterson Allyn Williams Facebook or web page.

So what do you do if you want to be part of the Show and Tell?

. Pull that family heirloom invention, or something you've made yourself, out of the shed or the back of the kitchen shelves or wherever.

. Take a clear photograph of it.

. Write a little history (you might not know everything) describing what it does, how it works, who had the idea, who made it and when, what it's made from, and any story behind it, including your memories.

. Email the photo and info to pawsciencehub@gmail.com.

"And if you're not sure something would be a good fit, just drop us a line and ask."