Australian Innovation

25 Years of Engaging our Communities in Science

Understanding soundwaves by watching dancing flames is just one of the many science demonstrations that captivated the Canberra community and guests today at the Shell Questacon Science Circus’ 25th birthday celebrations.

Participating in the demonstration, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr spoke of the importance of science engagement and acknowledged the great work of the Science Circus.

“Over the past 25 years, the Science Circus has entertained and educated more than 2.1 million people across Australia, including those in regional and remote communities,” Senator Carr said.
“In doing so, they have fostered a great awareness and interest in science, inspiring children and adults of all ages to engage in science and understand the world around them.

“The Science Circus is the longest running and most extensive science outreach program in the world. That is a great achievement for Australia and shows just how switched on Australians are about innovation and discovery.”

The success of the Science Circus is the result of an enduring partnership between Questacon, the Shell Companies in Australia and the ANU.

“It is remarkable that in 1985 these organisations came together in a spirit of cooperation to not only encourage and promote an interest in science but to benefit the community and Australia’s future prosperity,” Senator Carr said.

“I thank Shell and The Australian National University for their foresight and their continued support of this important program.”

This year the Science Circus has introduced a digital tour to supplement its traditional touring program, delivering high quality interactive hands-on science workshops via digital broadband technology.

“Using state-of-the-art broadband technology the Science Circus can now visit more schools, more frequently,” Senator Carr said.

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