Exploring the exploratorium

THE Outback Exploratorium (OXp) retail space NEST, opened its doors to the public on Monday, April 12.
OXp Operations Manager Renee Firth said the move into the new building from their previous venue at the Emerald showgrounds had proved positive.
“People say ‘I didn’t know Emerald had a science centre,” she said.
“There’s been an enormous amount of positive feedback.
“It’s really encouraging.
“We ran some holiday workshops throughout the second week of the school holidays, which were very successful,” she said.
“Participants enjoyed Kitchen Creations, a Lego in Motion workshop, which was really popular… Trash to Treasure, where participants made items from recycled materials and Scribble Art.
Mrs Firth said the team aims to involve as many community members as possible.
“We welcome all ages and hope to provide workshop to cater for a variety of interests,” she said.
Mrs Firth said the addition of a retail space to the centre had exceeded our expectations.
“Offering gifts for all ages… STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and educational toys… for newborns right up to adults.
“We also have games, puzzles, robots, Australian Geographic, slime, cushion covers, jewellery, artwork, Bundaberg Coffee and Roogenic Teas.
“We hope shoppers can find the gift they are looking for, perhaps to treat themselves or their loved ones.
“We are engaging local artists to have their items for sale, via consignment, which is proving to be very popular, we would love to work with more local artists and creators.”
Mrs Firth said the arts were an important part of the services available at OXp.
“We offer workshops and Arty Parties, for work gatherings or social and family celebrations” she said.
“Local artist Loretta Horn is hosting OXp Art and workshops, Mother’s Day floral workshop is the next on our calendar.”
“There is limited spaces available Saturday, May 8 to create a floral arrangement for your mother or for yourself.”
Mrs Firth said plans were to continue already successful programs such as Curiosity Club or the pre-prep children and Science Squad after school program, with additional activities and programs.
“Our new website is not far from launching, offering an additional place people can find out about upcoming events and programs” she said.
“At this stage we’re relying on social media and word of mouth.
“We’ve got a lot of plans to reveal and a talented team working towards a common goal.
“It’s really exciting for our community.”
The Outback Exploratorium is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturday.