SCIENCE SHOW THRILLS
Shell Questacon Science Circus entertains youngsters across region
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.
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.