Circus makes science fun

FLAMING bubbles, walls that freeze shadows and beds of nails will fill Club Sapphire from 5-8pm tomorrow as the Shell Questacon Science Circus brings spectacular science to the Far South Coast.

Tomorrow’s public exhibition is a highlight of this week’s tour through schools and shire libraries by the Science Circus, a national outreach program of Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre.

Local students are spending this week punching slime, propelling rockets across their classrooms and challenging their teachers to balance on light globes as part of the Science Circus’s dynamic in-school shows.

Tomorrow, the Science Circus invites the whole community to Club Sapphire to experience interactive science on an even bigger scale, with over 40 hands-on exhibits and spectacular science shows.

Science Circus presenter Elise Firman is thrilled to be sharing science with students on the Far South Coast.

“We call the program a ‘Science Circus’ but we do more than clowning around,” she said.

“The program is about engaging the community with science and rediscovering our enthusiasm for asking ‘why?’.

“By showing how simple and fun hands-on science can be, we hope to inspire communities to keep experimenting after we’ve moved to the next town.”

The Science Circus will be visiting the Bega library tomorrow between 10.30-11.30am before the public show at Club Sapphire that night.

On Thursday the circus will travel to Tathra and Bermagui Public Schools, while on Friday it will visit Mumbulla School in Bega.

The week-long tour of the Far South Coast will conclude with a bang at the Narooma Leisure Centre on Saturday, with another public exhibition from 11am until 3pm.

The Science Circus is comprised of a dynamic group of students studying a Master of Science Communication Outreach at the Australian National University in Canberra.

The students spend three months of the year travelling around Australia inspiring people in remote and regional communities to engage with science.

The Science Circus has been travelling Australia for 27 years, inspiring more than 2.2million people across the nation with interactive demonstrations.

Tickets to the Club Sapphire show are available at the door on the night. Admission is $5 for students, $6 for adults, $5 concession and a family ticket for $18.

Students and teachers who see a Science Circus show in school will receive a free ticket to the public exhibition.

Questacon’s national outreach program, the Science Circus, is visiting Bega Valley schools all this week as well as putting on a major public exhibition in Merimbula tomorrow night.

Questacon’s national outreach program, the Science Circus, is visiting Bega Valley schools all this week as well as putting on a major public exhibition in Merimbula tomorrow night.

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