This paper describes the development and current operation of The Shell Questacon Science Circus, a travelling component of Questacon – The Australian National Science Centre in Canberra. The Science Circus is the result of a threeway collaboration between The Australian National University, Shell Australia and Questacon Science Centre. For the last six years, Science Centre World Summits have been calling for travelling programs to be established on a worldwide basis that will take science to disadvantaged people, many who live in remote areas. The Shell Science Circus uses a large truck to carry all the 50 interactive exhibits and the materials that are involved.  There is a team of 15 students who travel with the Circus and act as Explainers, run a small science shop, repair exhibits, deliver workshops to teachers and perform science shows for school children in local schools.  In addition to taking science to people all over Australia, a country the same size as the USA, it involves a tertiary course in science communication in which the team of students is enrolled.  It has therefore, over the past 30 years, produced a large group of skilled science communicators.   

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The shell questacon science circus

Michael M Gore   The Australian National University

This paper describes the development and current operation of The Shell Questacon Science Circus, a travelling component of Questacon – The Australian National Science Centre in Canberra. The Science Circus is the result of a threeway collaboration between The Australian National University, Shell Australia and Questacon Science Centre. For the last six years, Science Centre World Summits have been calling for travelling programs to be established on a worldwide basis that will take science to disadvantaged people, many who live in remote areas. The Shell Science Circus uses a large truck to carry all the 50 interactive exhibits and the materials that are involved.  There is a team of 15 students who travel with the Circus and act as Explainers, run a small science shop, repair exhibits, deliver workshops to teachers and perform science shows for school children in local schools.  In addition to taking science to people all over Australia, a country the same size as the USA, it involves a tertiary course in science communication in which the team of students is enrolled.  It has therefore, over the past 30 years, produced a large group of skilled science communicators.   

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