Attendees included Karen Andrews MP Parliamentary Secretary for the Dept. Science and Innovation S Professor Ian Young Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, Dr Mike Gore AO Founder Questacon and Graham Durant Director Questacon… Andrew Smith, James Pearson and Kara Sloper represented Shell Australia at the event.
The Shell Questacon Science Circus is well recognised for its successful formula of delivering exciting and engaging science shows in schools across Australia. The brightly coloured Science Circus truck rolls into town and within a couple of hours, 50 hands-on exhibits, a science show stage and a small shop can be set up, transforming a school hall or community venue into a hands-on science centre. At the core of the Science Circus is a drive to inspire young people, primarily in regional areas of Australia, to value and engage in science, technology engineering and maths, and the possible career options these fields present.
Shell Australia have proudly partnered with Questacon as part of their Social Investment portfolio for the past 30 years: “Corporate, community and academic partnerships exist all over the world but few celebrate 30 years in collaboration. The Shell Questacon Science Circus is a leading example of a programme that creates shared value for communities, government, industry and academia, plus it’s the biggest travelling science exhibition in the world! It is something we are very proud to be part of in Shell Australia.” – Andrew Smith, Country Chair, Shell Australia.
The Hon. Ian Macfarlane, Minister for Industry and Science commented: “It’s wonderful that so many regional and remote areas of Australia have had their curiosity sparked and have been prompted to think differently about science as a result of their experiences with the Science Circus. Science is an academic and practical persuit that is relevant, accessible and important to our everyday lives, both now and for the future.”
The Shell Questacon Science Circus is one of 14 partners of Shell Australia’s social investment portfolio, which aims to increase the employability of vulnerable and disadvantaged young Australians. Through education and support, Shell’s Social Investment will help youths aged 10 to 25 years in developing skills including maths and science that will assist them in unlocking their future career potential.