The Shell Questacon Science Circus recently wrapped up their fourth and final tour for 2014, concluding another successful year of Questacon’s flagship national programme.
The team travelled throughout regional Victoria, visiting schools and communities in Wangaratta, Benalla, Seymour, Shepparton, Echuca, Bendigo, Ballarat, Ararat, Geelong and surrounding towns during their four week tour.
During this time, the Science Circus performed engaging hands-on science shows for over 80 schools on topics such as fluids, structures, states of matter and pressure using interactive demonstrations involving bubbles, slime, liquid nitrogen and vacuum cleaner cannons.
The team also ran seven public exhibitions for the local communities, where they unpacked over 40 hands-on science exhibits to form a travelling science centre for children and families. In Ballarat, the Science Circus was a major feature of the Ballarat Show, running an exhibition in the Youth Pavilion, as well as performing many science shows throughout the long weekend on topics such as the science behind magic tricks and the science of fire.
This tour wrapped up a busy and rewarding year for the 12 presenters, who are students of The Australian National University (ANU) studying a Master of Science Communication Outreach.
The Shell Questacon Science Circus is a partnership between Questacon, ANU and Shell and will celebrate its 30th year in 2015. Over the past 29 years, Science Circus presenters have made over 8500 school visits, provided professional development workshops for 5000 teachers, and visited 90 Indigenous communities and 490 towns in regional and remote Australia. The Shell Questacon Science Circus has been experienced by more than 2.2 million Australians including schoolchildren, teachers, and families, and provided more than 350 science graduates with skills and career pathways in science communication.