Australian science show back to thrill young audiences
18 May 2015
Experiments, explosions, exciting science – the Australian High Commission is proud to support Science Circus Africa, being launched at Sci-Bono in Johannesburg today.
Featuring Dr Graham Walker and Joe Duggan direct from the Australian National University, the Science Circus is a travelling roadshow of fun-packed interactive performance showcasing extraordinary science you can do with ordinary items and experiments to try at home - along with plenty you definitely shouldn’t try at home involving rockets, explosions, fiery chemical reactions and even a bazooka that fires marshmallows!
Australia’s High Commissioner-designate, HE Mr Adam McCarthy, said that Australia was pleased to help encourage an interest in science among school-aged children, and help build the capacity of science educators in the region.
“The action-packed and interactive Science Circus is sure to inspire young minds. Australia is pleased to support science education in South Africa and the region given our important and ground-breaking scientific collaboration on the Square Kilometre Array telescope.”
“Making science fun is important in encouraging young people to consider a future in science – the possibilities are really endless”, said Mr McCarthy.
Experienced and enthusiastic science educator, Dr Graham Walker’s high-energy science performances thrilled audiences in South Africa in early 2014.
“I am delighted to be back in South Africa, working with local partners to engage both children and educators – hopefully with lots of laughs and learning along the way”, said Dr Walker.
The Science Circus is travelling through southern Africa from May-July 2015, taking in South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius, Malawi and Zambia. Around 3000 children attended the initial South African shows in KZN and Cape Town last week, with training delivered to more than 40 staff.
Science Circus is supported by the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program, as well as Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre (Australia).
• 19 May - 10am & 12 noon
• 10 July - 10am & 12 noon
• 13 July - 10am & 12 noon
Australian High Commission, South Africa