ON WITH THE SHOW! St Joseph’s College Stadium will host the Shell Questacon Science Circus on September 2. Visitors will be treated to live displays, including this from Jo Adams, left, and Madeleine Parker.
MILDURA residents will have the opportunity to spin themselves dizzy, compare their reflexes to a Formula 1 driver, and see their fingertips under a microscope as part of the Shell Questacon Science Circus.
Headed to the St Joseph’s College Stadium on Saturday, September 2, visitors of all ages are being encouraged to enjoy the 40 interactive science exhibits, and watch science shows as Science Circus presenters hold fire in their hands, lie on a bed of nails and levitate beach balls.
“Our exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for the whole community to get hands-on with science,” Science Circus presenter Ellen Phiddian said. “It’s a great way to discover new things about our world and explore the science and technology all around us.”
The team recently visited local schools in the lead up to the Circus, sharing flying rockets, freezing cold liquid nitrogen and slime through a range of interactive science shows.
“We hope that many of the students we’ve visited in schools will bring their families along to the public exhibition to explore science together and with the rest of the community,” Ms Phiddian said.
The Science Circus comprises 16 postgraduate students studying a Master of Science Communication Outreach at The Australian National University.
The students spend three months engaging people with science and technology through visits to communities all over Australia.
Since 1985, the Science Circus has inspired more than 2.5 million people with interactive demonstrations during multiple visits to more than 500 towns and communities, including 90 remote Indigenous communities.
The Shell Questacon Science Circus is an initiative of Shell, The Australian National University and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.
The Circus will run from 10am to 3pm, with tickets available at the door.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for children/concession, $18 for family, while children under five are free.