THE Shell Questacon Science Circus will bring flaming bubbles, walls that freeze shadows and beds of nails to the Shoalhaven Basketball Stadium in Bomaderry from 11am-3pm on Saturday, June 8.
The Science Circus is an interactive experience for everyone to enjoy, with more than 40 hands-on exhibits and spectacular science shows as part of the major national outreach program of Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.
Local students will spend the week punching slime, propelling rockets across their classrooms and challenging their teachers to balance on light-globes as part of the in-school science shows.
Visitors to the circus will have the opportunity to freeze their shadow, attempt to escape from handcuffs like Houdini, and test their Olympic potential by seeing how fast they can throw or high they can jump.
There will also be a touch pool full of sea stars, anemones, crabs and sea snails.
Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre experts will be on hand with unique facts on marine biology, offering visitors the chance to get up close and personal to shark jaws, weedy sea dragons and puffer fish.
Science Circus presenter Sarah Mason said she was thrilled to be sharing science with students on the South Coast.
“It’s fantastic to be able to bring the Science Circus to the South Coast…the program is about engaging the community with science and rediscovering our enthusiasm for asking ‘Why?’.
“Everyone loves the finale of my show when I light bubbles on fire and hold the flame in my bare hands,” said Ms Mason.
The Science Circus is comprised of a dynamic group of students studying Science Communication Outreach at the Australian National University, Canberra who spend three months of the year travelling around Australia and electrifying people in remote and regional communities to engage with science.
“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,” said Sarah.
The Science Circus has been travelling Australia for 27 years, inspiring more than 2.2 million people across the nation with interactive science demonstrations.
Tickets are available at the door.
Admission: students $5, adults $6, concession $5 and family $18. Students and teachers who see the Science Circus at school receive free entry.