Science Rhymes eNewsletter #12 September 2016
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Land, Sea, Space & Sky: This year’s theme for National Science Week was Drones, Droids and Robots.  So let’s hover momentarily over the impact of our expanding range of autonomous devices – from creepy swimming-pool cleaners to sensational self-driving cars.  Are we all ready to hand over the controls?

As Free As A Bird
by Celia Berrell

The Mulga Parrot's moving on
to find another home.
He never seems to settle down
because he likes to roam.

A ten-past-seven sunny breeze
entices him to fly.
No bags to pack, he's on his way.

The thrill of clear blue sky!

Mulga Parrots (Psephotus varius) are colourful parakeets that can live for 12 years and weigh up to 70g.  They forage for grass seeds, berries and flowers in noisy flocks every morning and evening.  They happily live in dry southern parts of Australia, as long as they have access to drinking water every day..

(The Mulga Parrot image above is an excerpt from the oil painting "Time To Grow" by Sharon Davson)

From 2-3pm Sunday 9th October it's the annual Picture-Book Poetry Party at Rydges Tradewinds, Cairns. This free event features children's picture-book author Trudie Trewin  plus Science Rhymes by Celia & Cairns primary school students.  Poems celebrate World Space Week!

Bring your favourite Picture-Book to be in the draw for a book voucher from Collins Booksellers, Smithfield.

(The poster above features "The Story Book Garden" painting by Sharon Davson)

Textbook Tally

This year, two more poems from the Science Rhymes website have been chosen for publication in School Textbooks.  This is a total of five countries - so far!
It was an honour to chat about my poetic paid-to-play journey on Rob Farquhar's podcast.  We met through the Tropical Writers group in Cairns, where I loved listening to Rob's fast-paced Sci-Fi stories.  As a member of Mt Sheridan Toastmasters, I know my conversation skills can improve!  But I hope you will still enjoy listening to my Science Rhymes journey HERE.

is available while Trinity Bay State High School students are busy illustrating them ...
Slightly Scientific Vol 2
(a PDF download) is As Free As A Bird!
36 poems inspired by science curriculum topics from Primary Connections.
Verified as scientifically accurate by James Cook University Science Educator

Dr Clifford Jackson.


Whitfield State School students created poems for National Science Week with the uplifting theme of FLIGHT.  Evie & Harmonie recited their poems on ABC Far North radio's Breakfast with Kier Shorey on Monday 15th August.  Thanks Kier for a fabulous experience!

A Long Way From Home
by Jonathon (Whitfield State School)

The moon is dipping out of sight.
My spacecraft is currently in flight
orbiting Earth so very high
like a diamond in the sky.

Travelling towards the stars
the only planet in sight is Mars.
But soon my flight must come to an end
so I can spend time with my friends.

Would you like to see your own poem on the internet?
If you have written a short poem about science, nature or the environment, send it to for consideration to be posted on the Your Poems page on the Science Rhymes website.
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