Environment & Science

This is a one term unit which covers Flight and Flyers from hot air balloons to moon landings. Discussion topics will include; balloons and dirigibles, early flyers up to WW1, Pioneers, airline builders, WW! and WW2, the jet age– Military and Civil, experimental flying and space flight. Wednesday
This course is designed specifically for those with little or no knowledge in this area, just a desire to travel on an exploration of the universe, its galaxies, planets, moons, stars, constellations and more. The course is held at the tutor's home. Friday
When Dorothea Mackellar wrote a poem “My Country”, she was referring to our country—AUSTRALIA. “….I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains….” All of this and more is the province of Geography. Learn about the different aspects that make up our great continent—the hows, the whens, the wheres and the whys and what we need to do to keep it that way. The course will examine what is geography and delve into both the human and physical aspects including geology, meteorology, climatology, geomorphology, hydrology as well as cultural, political and urban geography, the environment, protected areas, economic and social geography. The course will also include a study of the lands, features, inhabitants and phenomena of the Earth with the aim to understand the Earth and some of its human and natural complexities, not merely where things are, but also how they have changed and come to be, concentrating on those aspects as they apply to Australia. Monday
This course runs for one term and aims to increase member’s appreciation of local birds. Participants will attend a short theory session, and discussion about future places to be visited (there is a hand out for this). We will then walk along the back of the playing fields at U3A, to find some birds. Participants will have a pair of binoculars, walking shoes and everything that is needed for a 1.5 to 2 hour walk (water, sunscreen etc). Friday
The word “Bon-sai” (often misspelled as bonzai or banzai) is a Japanese term which, literally translated, means “planted in a container”. This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism. It has been around for well over a thousand years. The ultimate goal of growing a Bonsai is to create a miniaturized but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree. Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants, in fact, any tree species can be used to grow one. The course is held at the tutor's home and the mere nature of the craft requires along term commitment to achieve results. Monday
Throughout history, scientific breakthroughs have often been controversial. Acceptance of new theories and discoveries may have taken many years, and in earlier times, even centuries. The people involved, scientists, but often ordinary people, sometimes faced great opposition, even vilification and punishment. As well, the credit for breakthroughs did not always go to the rightful recipient. This series explores some of these controversies and the people involved. Friday

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