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Partnerships are central to Questacon’s ability to engage tomorrow’s innovators, designers and thinkers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Through partnerships, Questacon works to deliver its mission to excite and motivate people through inspirational learning experiences.

From exciting and engaging national programs, travelling exhibitions, boutique programs and a range of other exciting Questacon-led initiatives; partners have been working with Questacon for more than thirty years to engage young Australians and communities across the country in STEM.

Australia’s employment landscape is rapidly changing and skills in STEM are becoming increasingly relevant across all industries and future career paths. Research indicates that 75% of the fastest growing occupations now require STEM skills.

To safeguard the future pipeline of talent, industry leaders recognise more needs to be done to engage young Australians in STEM and inspire them to face the challenges of the future. Questacon’s programs are uniquely positioned to inspire more young Australians to pursue STEM careers and assist in securing the STEM pipeline to ensure Australia’s future prosperity.

Our partners recognise the value of Questacon’s experience, expertise and high quality exhibitions and programs and are proud to work with Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre to inspire and engage all Australians in STEM.

Questacon’s partners are committed to investing in Australia’s young people and together we create sustainability and longevity for real impact. The organisations with whom Questacon works share common visions for a better future for all Australians through engagement with science, technology and innovation.

Questacon’s success is due in part to these enduring partnerships. Questacon seeks to build partnerships with organisations who are committed to seeing positive and lasting impacts investing for the long term in the future leaders of Australia.

More Information

Michelle Canning
National Partnerships and Brand Manager
Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre
phone +61 2 6270 2804
e-mail: michelle.canning@questacon.edu.au

At a Glance

In 2018 Questacon:Two astronauts and a young child outside Questacon

  • Welcomed over half a million people people to Questacon in Canberra including 142,729 school students and 56,571 teachers.
  • Delivered 1,968 science shows at Questacon.
  • Engaged more than 82,000 students and 1,791 teachers in programs delivered across regional, remote and metropolitan Australia.
  • Reached over 650,000 people in 19 national and two international venues with 10 world-class travelling exhibitions.
  • Attracted 1.2 million people to National Science Week activities at over 2,100 events in all 150 Australian electorates.
  • Won Best Tourist Attraction Award at the Australian Tourism Awards for the second year in a row.

Principal Partner

The Ian Potter Foundation

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In 2014, The Ian Potter Foundation provided a grant of $7.8 million for significant new initiatives to engage young people with technology and innovation, this was The Foundation's largest grant outside Victoria and the largest grant ever awarded in the areas of Science and Education in its 50-year history. On 29 October 2014 the Prime Minister The Hon Tony Abbott MP opened the The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre (IPTLC) at Deakin in Canberra.

The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre (IPTLC) offers a range of interactive experiences for students and the public to engage with technology and innovation.

The IPTLC offers free Questacon Maker Project workshops for local and visiting interstate school groups in the Maker Space. These workshops build students’ skills in creative design, innovative thinking and problem solving, and use high-tech gadgets and low-tech materials. During the school holidays the IPTLC delivers similar workshops for students aged 10 to 15 years.

The IPTLC is the hub for the national Questacon Smart Skills Initiative , giving students across Australia, particularly in disadvantaged regions, a greater appreciation of the processes and skills involved in developing ideas and solutions to problems and refining them into useful products and processes.

" Through this grant, the Foundation recognises that Questacon is uniquely placed to deliver this exciting project across Australia, inspiring young Australians to engage with science and be agents of innovation. "

Mr Craig Connelly
CEO, The Ian Potter Foundation

Principal Partner


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Shell works across many regional areas of Australia, and we want to give back to the communities that host our business. We are proud of our 30 years partnership, delivering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to the heart of regional Australia with the Shell Questacon Science Circus.

The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. Things thought of as science fiction just a couple decades ago are today's reality. For Shell and communities to prosper into this changing future, we will need to recruit Australians with a strong grasp of science. We want the students of today to become tomorrow's leaders who are confident in finding solutions to global challenges, including developing more and cleaner energy.

Technology Partner


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As Technology Partner of Questacon, Samsung Electronics Australia assists Questacon to provide STEM-themed learning opportunities for young people via the Questacon Smart Skills in-school program for students, Questacon Smart Skills Teacher Workshops and through the Questacon Centre.

Samsung helps young Australians access diverse, quality learning experiences, helping them realise their potential through engagement in STEM education.

" Samsung is proud to support the Questacon Smart Skills program which complements traditional classroom activities, helping to foster new skills and learning opportunities for young Australians .

At Samsung we can see that the landscape of work is changing rapidly and the future will require different skills, we believe quality STEM skills are critical to future success in the workplace. We support organisations developing innovative programs to promote STEM education with the hope that this will result in students being equipped with skills for the future of work .”

Josh Grace
Samsung Electronics Australia

Founding Partner

Australian National University

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The Australian National University is the Founding Partner of the Shell Questacon Science Circus. Through the Centre of Public Awareness for Science (CPAS), the Australian National University has worked in partnership with Questacon and Shell Australia to deliver 33 years of the Science Circus.

Students studying a Masters of Science Communication (Outreach) studying at CPAS deliver the Science Circus program across Australia as part of their practical fieldwork course components. Since 1985, Questacon and the Australian National University have seen more than 400 students graduate from this program and go on to contribute to the national and international capacity of science communication professionals.

Supporting Partner


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Since 2007, Raytheon and Questacon have been committed to developing young people’s skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Through Raytheon’s continued support, this decade long partnership has enabled Questacon to connect, engage and inspire students in STEM. From connecting with industry leaders via Questacon’s virtual excursions program through to successfully supporting two of Questacon’s travelling exhibitions, the Raytheon-Questacon partnership demonstrates how industry and government can positively work together to skill tomorrow’s leaders.

“As Australia’s leading systems integrator, Raytheon Australia is aware of the need to motivate young people to continue their studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to develop the necessary workforce skills for the nation’s future. This expansion of our partnership with Questacon will help to develop the next generation of Australian engineers.”

Michael Ward
Managing Director, Raytheon Australia

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