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Student Explainers

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Are you a Year 11 and 12 students in the ACT or surrounding regions? Gain work experience by becoming a Student Explainer at Questacon!

In addition to valuable experience in communicating science concepts and making public presentations, you can also earn an "R" unit for your ACT Year 12 certificate.

What's Available

Each year, we accept approximately 40 applications from Year 11 and 12 students. Training sessions are held each Thursday evening from March through June. You can now choose either the Science Communication stream run from the main Centre, or the Investigating Innovation stream run from the new Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre (IPTLC).

Science Communication - Over the course of the three months, we'll teach you the background of the various exhibits at Questacon, give pointers on public speaking and presenting, and show you how to deliver customer service.

Investigating Innovation – Your training will focus on innovation as a process of creative thinking, making stuff, testing and refining projects. We’ll give you the skills to communicate these concepts during workshops and in the IPTLC gallery space.

You and other volunteers will then be scheduled during the June/July school holidays to practice what you've learned. After accumulating 40 hours of volunteer time with us, a final review of your performance will be conducted.

Commonly, placements occur in the following positions around the Centre:

  • Science Time Assistant
  • Volunteer Explainer
  • Discovery Trolley Explaining
  • Makers Team Volunteer

Note these are volunteer positions. You will not be paid for your time. While some past volunteers have successfully applied after the program to join our paid staff, there is no guarantee that will happen.

You may also consider applying as a regular Volunteer Explainer, although an "R" unit would not be available.

How to Apply

To be considered for this programme, your school needs to submit an application on your behalf.

You can't nominate yourself!

Your school's Principal, Science Coordinator, Technology Coordinator and the Careers Advisor will get information sheets from us in the first week of school.

Have one of them send us your name and a contact phone number before 15 March 2017. Along with that, include 50 or so words about yourself. Be sure and tell us why you're interested in Questacon and science and technology!

Contact your Science Coordinator, Technology Coordinator and the Careers Advisor for more information if you are interested in attending the programme.

More Information

For more information about the programme, or if you're a Science Coordinator looking to nominate one of your students, please contact us.

E-mail: sharren.kelly@questacon.edu.au
Phone: 02 6270 2813