Group Bookings

Questacon The National Science and Technology Centre provides enriching, inspirational and engaging experiences for schools and social groups. Questacon is open daily and offers interactive science exhibits, live shows, special themed events and live experiments.

The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre (IPTLC) offers engaging, hands-on workshops in the purpose built Maker Space. It is a centre for creative, constructive, problem-solving activities that use a range of tools and technologies.

Group Opportunities

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Questacon (Parkes, ACT)

  • Sessions available 9 am - 3:30pm daily
  • Available for all year levels
  • 2 hour visit recommended, add 30 mins extra for shows
  • After-hours experiences are available to school groups only through the Q by Night program .

The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre (Deakin, ACT)

  • Sessions available Monday to Friday
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Tailored for years 6-12

For more detailed information, visit the IPTLC school workshops web page.

International Year of Indigenous Languages

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Questacon’s Science in First Languages Video Project invites you to create a short video that tells a story about science, technology, engineering or maths in an Indigenous language. Visit our website to check out some example and find further information on making your own Science in First Languages video:

www.questacon.edu.au/sifl

This project is part of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019. The first ten videos submitted and approved will receive a $200 Questacon Shop voucher.

Making A Booking

From 12 pm (noon) Australian Eastern Daylight Time on 29 January 2019 you will be able to use the Book Canberra Excursions (BCE) platform to book new visits.

Your first step will be to register as either a school teacher, tour operator or social group.

Bookings cannot be made via the BCE portal with less than two weeks notice. For further enquiries, home school or short notice bookings please contact Group Bookings team on group.bookings@questacon.edu.au or on (02) 6270 2893.

If you have problems logging in please have a look at the Accounts section of our online help desk.

For more information on making, updating, cancelling a booking or if you are unable to login please contact support@bookcanberraexcursions.com.au. Alternatively you can refer to the Accounts section of our online help desk.

Visitor Information

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  • Questacon houses over 200 hands-on exhibits in interactive galleries , as well as the foyer and outdoor Science Garden.
  • Questacon's theatre troupe, the Excited Particles perform live Spectacular Science Shows daily exploring a diverse range of scientific topics. Shows, Awesome Earth, Move It! The Engineering Show, The BOC Liquid Nitrogen Show and Instrumental as Anything, run for approximately 30 minutes and are available at various times during the day at no additional cost. Please check the What’s On page closer to the date of your visit and talk to staff on the day for show information.
  • The Q Shop offers a range of affordable interactive science toys, teaching resources and souvenirs for purchase. Open daily between 9 am - 5 pm. A select range of educational products are also available online.
  • We are excited to welcome Atomic on board who have options for lunch, dinner and light refreshments. For any enquiries relating to school dinner bookings or group meals please contact Atomic directly on groupbookings@atomiccatering.com.au  or call on (02) 6273 6663. 
  • Located within Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle, Questacon is surrounded by gardens and lawns ideal for lunchtime activities.
  • Coach/bus set-down and pick-up is available on the eastern side of the building via Mall Road West, opposite the National Portrait Gallery. View a map of the parliamentary precinct.
  • The Centre has full disability access.
  • Health information for visitors with sensory sensitivity, pacemakers, epilepsy, and hearing aids or cochlear implants is available from the information and ticket desks upon arrival.

Venue safety information and insurance

Duty of Care rests with the teachers or adults associated with each group. It is expected that a teacher or adult associated with each group is present in any Questacon gallery the students or children are in.

Liability insurance and conserving visitor safety through Workplace Health & Safety initiatives are core components of Questacon’s operations.

Questacon’s venue risk assessment

Questacon’s general liabilty insurance certificate of currency 2019-20

Questacon’s property insurance certificate of currency 2019-20

N.B. If you are having trouble accessing either of the above documents, please contact the Schools Experience Program Office via details below.

Pricing

 
  Price
(per person)
Supervisor free entry
to student ratio *
Pre-school $15.00 1:4
Primary $15.00 1:10
Secondary $15.00 1:15
Tertiary $17.20 1:15
Social - Adult $20.50

N/A

Social - Concession $15.00 N/A
Social - Child $15.00 N/A
Social - Under 4 Free of charge ** N/A
Q Club Members Free of charge N/A

An invoice will be issued following the visit. Alternatively, payment may be made upon arrival by cheque, credit card, cash or EFTPOS.

* Entry for additional supervisors is priced at the same rate as their students.

** When accompanied by paying adult.

Contact

If you have any further enquiries please contact our Schools Experience team.