Questacon is Australia's National Science and Technology Centre. In this workshop, the theoretical framework and practical methodology of Questacon's traveling "Science Circus" will be presented as a case study of a public outreach program. Recent research findings, related to public perceptions of such programs and the role of members of the circus, will be presented. These will provide a basis for debate on the theme of effective public outreach, and workshop participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences. In the tradition of such programs, active participation will be encouraged! This workshop will be of particular interest to conference participants who are interested in the effective outreach operations of interactive science centres and science museums.

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The Questacon experience

Chris Bryant  

Michael Gore  

Fiona Barbagallo  

Questacon is Australia's National Science and Technology Centre. In this workshop, the theoretical framework and practical methodology of Questacon's traveling "Science Circus" will be presented as a case study of a public outreach program. Recent research findings, related to public perceptions of such programs and the role of members of the circus, will be presented. These will provide a basis for debate on the theme of effective public outreach, and workshop participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences. In the tradition of such programs, active participation will be encouraged! This workshop will be of particular interest to conference participants who are interested in the effective outreach operations of interactive science centres and science museums.

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