Does Wave power really work?

A new wave power plant was just opened at Port Kembla and will be generating energy for local residents!

 

Is there a wind farm in NSW?

There are currently 6 wind farms in use and over 26 farms being planned.

 

 

 

News prior to December 2016

 

Futureworld Happenings Spring - Summer 2016


Dear members, welcome to our latest newsletter.

Visits
Recent visits to the centre include:
12th October Sanctuary Point Special Education Unit: 11 students Ages 5-12 (doing a “Paddock to the plate” unit)
16th November Sanctuary Point: 60 Year 4 students doing both the Energy and Lake Management programs
13th December Bega High: 52 Year 8 students: Sustainable Design Workshop

Bega High’s visit


14th December Smith Street Unit: 8 year 7 – 12 students. Energy show, presentation and tour.
The Smith Street Unit provides a last chance home style school environment for children who do not fit successfully at a conventional school environment.


Some of the boys from the Smith St Unit learning how a 3D printer works.


Outside Venues
Three of our volunteers attended the Council’s “Rise and Shine” day at the botanic gardens on the 1st September. A visit to the greenhouse to discuss climate issues was followed by our giant environmental snakes and ladders game, for the five schools that rotated through our activity: Helensburgh Public, Keiraville Public, Green Army, St PiusX and Bulli Public.
Workshops
We provided our centre as a venue for an externally run workshop (STEM) on 28th September, receiving a percentage of the takings.
We continued to run our workshop programs for Home schoolers covering Brain Games and Organic chemistry.


Hoping for some environmental scientists; home schoolers trying titration analysis


A fun school holiday workshops “Forensic Science” is planned for January 2017.

Displays
Our Solar Electricity Display moved closer to completion with the addition of a display panel of silicon based Photovoltaic cells and a touch switch to enable the solar circus lamps.


The new Solar Electricity panel

Members/Volunteers
Our AGM was held in November and the newly elected board is:
President: Russell Verdon
Vice President: Col Markham
Treasurer: Lance Carr
Secretary: Stephen Pitt
Directors: Tim McCarthy, Chris Stephens, Helen Campbell

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 volunteering or even providing expertise to our board of directors. We have also provided voluntary position for Carmen from a job provider as an office assistant and general help.

Directions
Our grant from the Builders Club has been part used for our “Kids saving the Planet” program. We hope to enlist additional volunteers to assist with the ongoing requirements of this program and generally assist with the running of the centre.

 

Futureworld Happenings Summer 2014
Dear members, welcome to our end of summer newsletter.

Visitors-  Over the Christmas period we had several families visit the centre. malabar

Eighty one students from St Andrews School at Malabar came on an excursion in early December to learn about sustainable living.

Workshops-  We continue to run our workshop programs. In addition to the School Holiday Workshops, we run science based workshops for home schooled children as a means of additional funding for the centre. The Illawarra Outdoor Club also expressed interest in a Forensic Science Workshop which was held in January.

 In the January school holidays we ran two workshops: “Plastic Fantastic” and “Future Movers”, which were enjoyed by the attending Children, although we could have accommodated more children. The Forensic workshop for the Illawarra Outdoor Club was well received and it will run again in March.

Exhibits- Work by our volunteers continues on upgrading our displays. RfactorOver Summer we have produced a new display which compares the insulation properties of materials.  This was    prepared in time for the Malabar school visit.

We have refurbished our Solar Hot water display to incorporate other Solar thermal technologies. More work is planned to complete this display during Autumn. Upgrading work has also commenced on our Solar Electricity Display which when complete, will finalise our major display update.

Interns-  We will be hosting four Masters of International Business students from the University of Wollongong. Anne, Laurice, Wei and Qi will be mentored by some of our board members to allow them to obtain an insight into our not for profit business with a view to suggesting ways of improving how we operate.

Volunteers-  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.

Directions-  Several grants applications fall due in Autumn and we will be looking for opportunities to avail ourselves of some of this funding for the centre.

Board members-  Elected at the February AGM were Bob Coombes President, Russ Verdon Vice President, Lance Carr Secretary/Treasurer, Susan Coombes, Steve Pitt, Col Markham, Chris Stevens, Jim Wallace, and Tim McCarthy.

 

 

 

News prior to April 2015

Pat Mowbray Award

Futureworld Eco-technology Centre was pleased to declare Architectural Hardwood Joinery as the winner of the 2014 Pat Mowbray Eco-Innovation award for 2014. The award was presented at Futureworld’s Gala dinner held at the Master Builders Club on Thursday 23rd October.
AH Joinery’s Owner Robert Chapman was pleased to receive the award which carries a prize of $1000 and is sponsored by the University of Wollongong. The award was presented by guest speaker Lisa Miller.

 

School Holiday Workshop

FUTUREWORLD WILL SOON BE ANNOUNCING ITS EXCITING WORKSHOPS FOR THE SUMMER OF 2014/2015

Cost - $15 per child

 

Pat Mowbray Award 2014

Futureworld is pleased to announce that the 2014 Pat Mowbray Innovation Award, wiill take place at our dinner set down for 23rd October.

SHINY NEW DISPLAY – Futureworld has updated a numner of displays    

See some of the New Displays Below

xOur Power of Wind Display

 

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Our Weather and Climate Display

 

Wave Power

Our Wave Power Display

 

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Our Greenhouse Gas Display

 

 

Supporting Futureworld

Futureworld would like to continue its programme of updating and adding new displays and is looking for community and business support to help make this happen. If you would like to be part of this initiative, please contact us.

 Visitors to the Centre

The Centre has been particularly busy through the first part of the Year.
Eight schools, both high and primary have visited the centre so far this year with others already booked (TO ALL SCHOOLS DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS GREAT EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE) We were very pleased to see both students and teachers enthusiastic to learn about Sustainable Technologies during the recent school visits. Our new Lake Illawarra Education Program is also running smoothly and it is great to see students and teachers engaging and interacting with the diverse activities they undertake.
An interesting article appeared in the Illawarra mercury IQ section on the 8th FEB
Science Experience
During the summer holidays, while their class mates were kicking back at the beach or practicing their manoeuvres at Skate Parks, a group of enthusiastic students donned lab coats and conducted experiments at the University of Wollongong.
These budding young scientists came from Western NSW, Sydney, the South Coast and the Illawarra.
The UOW science experience director Melissa Thompson said “Each year we try to improve the program, and two of the highlights this year were the visit to Futureworld and the young scientists of Australia who put on an entertaining show involving dry ice and liquid nitrogen.”

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WONDERFUL EXCURSION)  Please see the detailed excursion flyer

Other visitors to the centre included Coach Companies, seniors, special needs groups and the general public.

Volunteer with Futureworld and Make a Difference
Futureworld is a cool place for both young and old to volunteer their time. We are always on the lookout for volunteers so why not give us a call. Better still if you haven’t yet visited the new Eco-Technology Centre please do drop in, we are situated in the Lake Illawarra Education Centre at Warrawong.
Our Centre Coordinator Jodie, currently on maternity leave, dropped into Futureworld this week to show off her new daughter, now 8 weeks old Congratulations from everyone at Futureworld go to Jodie and Shaun on the birth of Laura.
Ps  Jodie was impressed with the new wind display.

 

 

News prior to October 2014

School Holiday Fun at

Futureworld

“Crime scene Forensics”     13th Jan

Earn your CSI badge. Learn the skills of a forensic scientist. How to find finger prints, extract DNA, solve a crime and much more. For ages 9-14

“Spinning and balancing” 15th Jan

Lots of fun activities and experiments about spinning and balancing!For ages 6-14 years
Cost - $10 per child

 

Pat Mowbray Award 2013

Futureworld is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Pat Mowbray Innovation Award, announced at our dinner on 9th October is The Oak Flats Bowling and Recreation Club. A worthy runner up in a close decision was Renewable Recyclers.

SHINY NEW DISPLAY – Power of Wind

Thanks to a generous grant from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (in Melbourne) Futureworld has a brand new interactive display. Our Education Office Meryl McKerrow was the driving force behind designing and organising the Power of Wind display, which includes up to date multimedia using touch screen technology, new signage and a reengineered hands on model wind farm. We are sure when you all visit our centre you will see what a wonderful job Meryl has performed.    

See New Display Below

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Supporting Futureworld

Futureworld would like to continue its programme of updating and adding new displays and is looking for community and business support to help make this happen. If you would like to be part of this initiative, please contact us.

 Visitors to the Centre

The Centre has been particularly busy through the first part of the Year.
Eight schools, both high and primary have visited the centre so far this year with others already booked (TO ALL SCHOOLS DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS GREAT EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE) We were very pleased to see both students and teachers enthusiastic to learn about Sustainable Technologies during the recent school visits. Our new Lake Illawarra Education Program is also running smoothly and it is great to see students and teachers engaging and interacting with the diverse activities they undertake.
An interesting article appeared in the Illawarra mercury IQ section on the 8th FEB
Science Experience
During the summer holidays, while their class mates were kicking back at the beach or practicing their manoeuvres at Skate Parks, a group of enthusiastic students donned lab coats and conducted experiments at the University of Wollongong.
These budding young scientists came from Western NSW, Sydney, the South Coast and the Illawarra.
The UOW science experience director Melissa Thompson said “Each year we try to improve the program, and two of the highlights this year were the visit to Futureworld and the young scientists of Australia who put on an entertaining show involving dry ice and liquid nitrogen.”

 

WONDERFUL EXCURSION)  Please see the detailed excursion flyer below.

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Other visitors to the centre included Coach Companies, seniors, special needs groups and the general public.

Volunteer with Futureworld and Make a Difference
Futureworld is a cool place for both young and old to volunteer their time. We are always on the lookout for volunteers so why not give us a call. Better still if you haven’t yet visited the new Eco-Technology Centre please do drop in, we are situated in the Lake Illawarra Education Centre at Warrawong.
Our Centre Coordinator Jodie, currently on maternity leave, dropped into Futureworld this week to show off her new daughter, now 8 weeks old Congratulations from everyone at Futureworld go to Jodie and Shaun on the birth of Laura.
Ps  Jodie was impressed with the new wind display.

News prior to 4th April 2011

 

School Holiday Fun at Futureworld – “Exploring Renewable Energy”

This program is suitable for ages 6-14 years
Come and explore how the sun, wind and water can produce energy. Fun activities include building mini green houses, wind powered toys, and lots more.
Dates- January 11th 13th 18th &20th (2011)
Time- 10am to 12noon
Cost- $15
Phone- 4274 2939

 

Thank you Carina!!!

This year Carina Tobia joined Futureworld as a regular volunteer. Carina has been involved with the centre on numerous levels and contributed to lots of projects throughout 2010. She's assisted with School groups, educational programs, admisintrative tasks and also marketing campaigns. Everything Carina has done has been a fantastic help at the Centre! Next year Carina will be starting an Environmental Science degree at Wollongong University and we'd like to wish her the best of luck with the course and take the opportunity to thank her for all her work and commitment to the Centre in 2010. Thank you Carina!

Centre Displays

Earlier this year we received a grant from the Lord Mayors Foundation to begin to redevelop the centre displays. This grant will cover information, multimedia and graphic design development and the complete construction of one display. At this stage the lucky display will be…WIND. Were anticipating having a shiny new display ready for the end of January 2011!

 

Monitoring wind on Lake Illawarra

Thanks to Lance Carr and Radotech an anemometer has been installed at our Warrawong site. This is a wind speed monitoring device which sits on a 10m tall pole. It is connected to a computer based in our wind power display. The anemometer is hopefully a precursor to the installation of a wind turbine at the site.

 

Recent School visits a Success

Since has recently run programs for 5 primary schools and 4 high schools. We were very pleased to see both students and teachers enthusiastic to learn about Sustainable Technologies. Our new Lake Illawarra Education Program also ran smoothly and it was great to see students engaging and interacting with the diverse activities.

We have also recently facilitated tours for Scouting, Legacy and Probus groups as well as a program for children from Barnardos.

 

Work Experience Students

Futureworld would like to thank Aaron and Daniela who underwent one week of work experience at our centre. They were both very willing to learn about the dynamics of our organisation and all the aspects that ensure the continued functioning of the centre from marketing and office work to setting up activities ready for students. We were glad to see our work experience students enjoying their time here and teaching younger children about our environment. Both Daniela and Aaron were a fantastic addition to our team especially during the busy time when we were organising our new outdoor Lake Program. Thanks again to both of you and we wish you the best of luck in the future.

 

Volunteer with Futureworld and Make a Difference

Futureworld is a cool place for both young and old to volunteer their time. We are always on the lookout for volunteers so why not give us a call. Better still if you haven’t yet visited the new Eco-Technology Centre please do drop in, we are situated in the Lake Illawarra Education Centre at Warrawong.

 

Upcoming Events on the Futureworld calendar

Futureworld is not only a fantastic interactive centre, we also do numerous things in the community. Here are a list of events were involved in:

1. World Environment Day at Wollongong Botanic Gardens (1/9/10)

2. Gifted & Talented Students Program (9/9/10)

3. Fete of the Earth at Stanwell Park Public School (16/10/10)

4. Shellharbour Solar Expo at Shellharbour Workers Club (17/10/10)

For more info on any of these events please email us.

We won the 'Dedication and commitment to the Environment' Award!

Last week we attended a function held by Healthy Cities Illawarra and were delighted to receive an award in their environmental category for dedication and commitment to the environment! We were honored to receive the award and also awed by the other award winners on the day!

Healthy Cities Illawarra is part of the World Health Organisation and was originally founded in the Illawarra by our late Dr Pat Mowbray. The organisation works to improve and promote the health, physical environment and quality of lift of people in the Illawarra.

For more information on Healthy Cities Illawarra visit www.healthycitiesill.org.au

 

Futureworld AGM another success!

Future world held its annual general meeting on Thursday 15th of July. Prior to the meeting there were two speakers.

Dr Phil Flentje from the University of Wollongong gave an informative talk on landslide monitoring stations across the Illawarra.

Meryl McKerrow, the Futureworld education Officer spoke of the programs being developed to enhance the Futureworld Centre. Just a few of these programs include:

  • Lake Illawarra Estuarine Education Resource. This is exciting hands on outdoor activity in the Kully Bay Wetlands for stage 3-5 Students.
  • Develop demonstration garden to link the inside and out side programs of Futureworld.
  • Review Futureworld display and worksheet information.

Office Bearers for the forth-coming year are:

POSITION

OFFICE BEARER

President

Mr. Robert Coombes

Vice President

Dr Muttucumaru Sivakumar

Treasurer

Mr. Jim Wallace

Secretary

Ms Belinda Schuster

BOD Member

Dr Judy Messer

BOD Member

Dr Paul Cooper

BOD Member

Dr Tim McCarthy

BOD Member

Dr Troy Coyle

BOD Member

Mr. Colin Markham

 

A Friendly Reminder

Your Futureworld Membership is Due for Renewal

Here at Futureworld we are looking forward to a great year ahead. We hope that you’re eager to again participate as a member as you have in previous years. Your membership is a vital and greatly appreciated part of our organization. 

Continued membership ensures

  • The Futureworld continues to grow and that information and activities we provide are educational, interesting and valuable to you and the wider community.
  • Cash donations to Futureworld can be claimed as a tax deduction and hopefully this factor encourages donations and sponsorship.
  • Sponsors, philanthropic and grant organizations regard Futureworld highly and membership numbers are a critical factor when considering donations.

Membership Categorys 

Individual

$25

Family (2 adults + up to 3 Children)

$35

Concession

$12

Corporate

$125

 

Volunteering with Futureworld has many rewards

Futureworld is extremely lucky to have many wonderful volunteers. These volunteers range in age from eighteen to eighty. They act as guides, perform maintenance, assist with office administration, and research projects for our Education Officer.

Futureworld is very fortunate that three young people; Carina Tobia, Mohsen Mehran-Manesh and Emily Cukotevski, have been volunteering their time during the last three months.

Carina who is in a gap year before attending University is volunteering as a centre guide and working in office administration.

Mohsen who was completing his masters of environmental engineering at UOW (now successfully concluded) volunteered one day a week. He worked with Meryl McKerrow, our education officer, on a program for the Lake Illawarra estuarine education resource program.

Emily is working with Jodie Cooper, the Centre coordinator, in compiling centre management documents.

Futureworld is a cool place for both young and old to volunteer their time. We are always on the lookout for volunteers so why not give us a call. Better still if you haven’t yet visited the new Eco-Technology Centre please do drop in!

 

Oceanlinx using wave power to supply our local energy!

Oceanlinx is a leading international company in the field of wave energy conversion. The company has developed proprietary technology for extracting energy from ocean waves and converting it into electricity. On March 30th Oceanlinx launched its 3rd Generation Wave Energy Converter, the Mk3PC. This latest design and pre-commercial platform, is one of the most efficient and cost-effective wave energy technologies in the global scene today.

"We are very proud to announce that this unit is the only wave energy device in Australia of this size to be connected to the electrical grid and producing energy. In fact, we are one of very few wave energy developers around the world that have grid connected wave energy devices. This is a very exciting achievement for both Oceanlinx and the renewable energy sector."

For more information go to Oceanlinx.

A focus on our contacts

Peter Weaver has been volunteering with Futureworld for over 5 months and has been making significant progress updating our contact database. We have a long way to go, but Peter is in the process of cleaning out over 6000 contacts and ensuring that everyone on the Futureworld database wants to be there and that their details are correct. It's a massive job and were delighted to have Peter on board to help us out! Thanks Peter!

Clean Up Australia Day a massive success!

March saw another great Clean Up Australia Day hosted at Futureworld. We had heaps of volunteers help with the clean up and collected over 9 garbage bags full of rubbish and 4 bags of recyclables from around the lake. We all left with the feeling of really making a difference and Lake Illawarra certainly looked much cleaner for our efforts! Hope you can join us next year!

The end of an era!

Over the last three years Russell Verdon has been a major contributor to Futureworld. Russell has managed the office, lead tour groups and more recently taken a position on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Russell has recently decided to step down from the board and also take a step out of the day to day operations at Futureworld. Russell has been an exceptional volunteer and will leave a significant gap in our resources. If you, or anyone you know is interested in volunteering, please drop us a line.

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