Building on three decades of innovative science education in Australia and South Africa, and a successful pilot in 2014, the Science Circus is coming to southern Africa. The Australian National University (ANU), Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre (Australia), the Ducere Foundation and our partners in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mauritius, Namibia and Malawi will deliver a travelling science program to students, teachers and communities over ten weeks during May to July 2015. The project is an initiative of the ANU’s National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and funded by Questacon and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Direct Aid Program through the Australian High Commission in Pretoria and Australian Embassy in Harare.
In schools and public venues, the Circus will bring science and technology to life using a hands-on exhibition, exciting science demonstrations and teacher workshops using everyday materials. After the tour, all equipment will be donated to our African partners, including Ducere Foundation schools in Zambia and Botswana for ongoing use – and ongoing impacts.
Di Fleming, Executive Director of Ducere Foundation, reinforced the Foundation’s commitment to this great initiative. “Ducere is delighted that the Science Circus is coming to Zambia and Botswana to work with our local teams of teachers and student mentors. For the first time, many children and teachers will experience science in action, be inspired by live experiments and when the Circus leaves town, they will be enriched with new knowledge, enabled through the new equipment and challenged into new science-based futures.”