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An evaluation of the effectiveness of the Questacon Smart Moves programme

B. Fletcher   Questacon – Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre

Questacon Smart Moves is an outreach programme of Questacon – Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre targeting secondary students in regional and rural schools. It aims to raise awareness of science, technology and innovation in Australia and around the world. It also attempts to encourage more students to consider these areas as potential career options. Evaluation has been carried out over the lifetime of the programme at a number of levels. It has shown students after seeing a Questacon Smart Moves presentation are more interested in their science and technology courses at school up to seven months later and have changed their career choices to include science and technology options as a result of participation. Further long term studies are needed to see if this interest influences tertiary course and career choice. Whether this style of awareness programme would be as successful within other cultural contexts should also be investigated.

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