SCIENCE SHOW THRILLS

Shell Ques­ta­con Science Cir­cus en­ter­tains young­sters across re­gion

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

SMILES and laugh­ter filled Chin­chilla Cul­tural Cen­tre on Tues­day evening as the Shell Ques­ta­con Science Cir­cus went off with a bang.

Dozens of in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays and shows were held to show chil­dren just how fun the world of science can be.

The Science Cir­cus is run by a team of 16 post­grad­u­ate stu­dents study­ing a Mas­ter of Science Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Out­reach at The Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity.

Team mem­ber Leisha Dun­can said it was re­ward­ing to travel around re­gional Aus­tralia.

“It’s great to come to Chin­chilla and see a re­ally beau­ti­ful part of Queens­land,” Miss Dun­can said.

“I’m su­per im­pressed with the turnout.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to see so much of the com­mu­nity com­ing and get­ting to ex­pe­ri­ence some re­ally awe­some hands-on science.”

From de­mon­stra­tions on how fire is sparked, to a base­ball pitch­ing tent to see who pos­sessed the fastest throw, chil­dren of all ages were en­ter­tained for hours.

“A lot of it is rel­e­vant to their ev­ery­day lives, so for them to have a look and get to play with the in­ter­ac­tions is re­ally ex­cit­ing,” Miss Dun­can said.

“I think one one of the re­ally cool things here is Batak, which is a re­ac­tion timer.

“The kids have 30 sec­onds to hit as many but­tons as they pos­si­bly can and test their re­ac­tions, so it works on your hand eye co-or­di­na­tion.

“There’s also some­thing called the ro­tat­ing plat­form, where the kids spin around on this plat­form we have with scooter-like han­dles.

“That shows you how your cen­tre of mass af­fects your spin­ning speed, so it ap­plies to things like fig­ure ice skat­ing. When you pull your­self in tight you spin a lot faster, if you lean out you spin slower.”

The Ques­ta­con Science Cir­cus also dropped in to lo­cal schools dur­ing its visit, in­clud­ing Chin­chilla State School, Chin­chilla Chris­tian School and Miles State High School.

PHO­TOS: SAM FLANA­GAN

FIRE STARTER: Lau­ren Sul­li­van from the Ques­ta­con Science Cir­cus holds fire in her hands.

Holly Dol­bel checks out the Science Cir­cus.

Anirudh Ayya­gari plays with the real-life Tetris blocks.

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