A Message from the Director

Throughout 2020 Questacon staff stood together to demonstrate creativity in a crisis and in the end we had a good bad year. We have approached 2021 with a spirit of optimism and renewed confidence as we progress down our road to recovery.

After a prolonged period of closure Questacon reopened for small group guided tours in July 2020 with new safety protocols in place. By December, most galleries had reopened with modifications to meet COVID-19 safety requirements and visitor numbers started to grow in line with easing of public health restrictions.  A national award for ‘Creativity in a Crisis’ from Interpretation Australia acknowledged our strong and creative response during a difficult year through the development of the Questacon Mission to Mars experience.

In February, in line with our COVID-safe plan, we welcomed the first school group visit in almost a year and further school group visits followed. The excited chatter and energy that characterise our galleries is returning, bringing smiles and renewed enthusiasm. For the time being we are operating with pre-booked tickets and timed sessions to ensure COVID-19 restrictions and safety requirements are followed. 

Our travelling programs are now back on the road delivering Questacon experiences to cities, towns and regional areas across Australia. In March Questacon STEM Futures workshops for teachers and schools were held in Darwin. Engineering is Elementary workshops for primary school teachers have been presented in North Queensland, with the program to be delivered in Tasmania during April. We are looking forward to seeing creative prototypes developed by young innovators at the Regional Questacon Invention Convention in Hobart during the April school holidays.

The events of last year demanded fast tracking of our digital engagement strategy. During 2020, professional learning workshops and virtual excursions were presented online to teachers and schools across Australia.  The Questacon at Home page on our website linked to new and existing digital content and new early learning videos were produced for young audiences.

As we continue our road to recovery, we will examine how lessons learnt from such an unpredictable year. We will trial new digital platforms and fresh ways of working to strengthen our engagement with communities across Australia.

As Questacon Director I am fortunate to work with such a passionate, hard-working and diverse group of staff with amazing abilities, skills, creativity and boundless enthusiasm. Together we will continue to strongly support the development of STEM skills for Australia’s future workforce, contributing to a strong economy. Thankyou for your support.