The Science Circus rolls into Derwent Park

SPIN yourself until you’re dizzy, compare your reflexes to a Formula 1 driver and see your fingertips under the microscope.

The Derwent Entertainment Centre will be overflowing with exciting, hands-on science when the ‘Shell Questacon Science Circus’ and its colourful semi-trailer rolls into town on Saturday 11 November to stage a public exhibition of its “pop-up” science centre.

Visitors of all ages can enjoy more than 40 interactive science exhibits and watch spectacular 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 Jess Gilbert said.

“It’s a great way to discover new things about our world and explore the science and technology all around us.”

The team is visiting local schools in Tasmania throughout October and November, presenting flying rockets, freezing cold liquid nitrogen and gooey slime with students 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 exhibitions, to explore science together and with the rest of the community,” Ms Gilbert 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.

The Shell Questacon Science Circus is an initiative of Shell, The Australian National University and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.

Caption: Just one of the acts on display at the upcoming Shell Questacon Science Circus.

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