Questacon Science Circus brings its travelling show to Scottsdale

The Questacon Science Circus is ready to roll into Scottsdale High School in October, as a part of its Tasmania-wide tour.

The exhibition will visit more than 60 schools, and will be running a school science show and a public exhibition at Scottsdale High School on October 25 and 26 respectively. 

The unorthodox circus troupe run interactive science exhibits and experiments to “take fun and intrigue and put it into science”, according to current circus member Bronte Black.

“It’s a really exciting day out for the family,” Ms Black said.

“There’s over 40 hands-on exhibits that you can play and interact with, and we’ve also got some exciting science shows.”

Made up of graduate science students from the Australian National University in Canberra, the group has visited more than 500 towns and communities since 1985.

Ms Black said the response from regional communities was overwhelming.

“The further we leave capital cities, the more excited and the more engaged the kids are,” Ms Black said.

“They don’t get to experience things like Questacon coming to their schools all that often, so when we get there it’s a really special experience.

“I’m really excited to get [to Tasmania].”

Regional science programs play a vital role in helping younger students find out more about their future careers, according to Bitlink director of projects Troy Merritt. 

Mr Merritt said this is because of the likely increase in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs in the future.

Bitlink runs a number of STEM programs with primary school-aged children throughout Northern Tasmania.

“Any exposure to science-based activities is great for kids, particularly when you think about what the jobs of the future will be,” Mr Merritt said. 

“A lot of the jobs these kids will be doing are things that didn’t exist when we were born.”

The Questacon Science Circus will be running its public exhibition at Scottsdale High School on Thursday, October 26, between 4pm and 7pm. 

Tickets cost $6 for adults, $5 for students.