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Science Week: Australian Innovations

Blog - 01 August 2023

Science Week: Australian Innovations

Over the last few decades, Australians have consistently led the way in scientific advancements, initiatives and breakthroughs in various fields such as arts, sciences, politics, business, and law. Among the huge variety of Australian inventions, there are some that have changed the world, such as the refrigerator, ultrasound, polymer banknotes and Wi-Fi technology to name a few.

Let’s explore some of the world’s important innovations that have Aussie roots, linking to the 2023 National Science Week’s theme of Innovation: Powering Future Industries.

1. Wi-Fi

This Australian invention was created by a man named John O’ Sullivan in 1992. He discovered a way to send signals to a destination without interruption. John and his team pioneered the way for Wi-Fi to become an innovation that spans across more than 5 billion devices worldwide, from hotspots in offices and public buildings to homes and shops.

2. Google Maps

Another hugely famous invention from Australia, and one that put two Danish brothers from Sydney, Jen and Lars Rasmussen on the map (no pun intended), our favourite travel companion known as Google Maps was created after its original technology was purchased by the internet giant Google.

3. Spray-on skin

Perth-based plastic surgeon and burns specialist Professor Fiona Wood (also named Australian of the Year for 2005) first came into the spotlight after treating burn victims of the 2002 Bali bombings with spray-on skin. She developed the technique in 1999, which removes healthy skin cells from burn patients and multiplies them, creating a solution that is sprayed over burned or damaged skin. This demonstrates some of the innovation and science that has come from Australia.

4. Cochlear implants

Invented in Australia back in the 1970s by Professor Graeme Clark, a cochlear implant or ‘bionic ear’ is a device which uses electrodes to stimulate auditory nerves, helping deaf people to hear. This Australian invention has since changed the lives of millions of people worldwide.

5. Polymer banknotes

Developed in a combined effort by the Reserve Bank of Australia and CSIRO in the 1980s, the banknotes we know and use today are made from a special polymer – which with a series of in-built security devices – makes them almost impossible to counterfeit. They also last about 10x longer than traditional banknotes which were made from paper, cloth fibres or a combination of both.

Inspire your future innovator with these Australian innovations and inventions, by unlocking their spark within through National Science Week in Your OSHC After School Care from 14-18 August.

Join us on a journey of scientific discovery as we explore the world of innovation through wacky experiments and awesome activities that will ignite your child’s curiosity and inspire their inner inventor! Can't wait to begin creating your own inventions? Discover how to make slime to get started with your at-home experiments today!

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