The renowned Questacon Science Circus is coming to Loganholme and Loganlea thanks to additional funding from the Morrison Government.
The Circus presents science in a lively and engaging way and visits schools, runs pop-up science centres and professional development workshops for teachers.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said that an extra $8.9 million of funding has been provided in the 2019-20 Budget to expand the number of tours in the circus program.
“The expansion of the program to Loganholme and Loganlea demonstrates the Morrison Government’s commitment to bringing the benefits of science education to all Australian school students,” Minister Andrews said.
“Logan has been identified as lacking in science and technology engagement activities for students and the community. This circus will bring science vividly to life for all who attend.
“Women, girls, Indigenous Australians and those in regional and remote areas continue to be underrepresented in STEM subjects and this is part of a range of initiatives to improve their participation.
“We know that many of the jobs of the future will require STEM skills, so it’s important for our children and our economy to make sure they’re studying these subjects.”
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said the tour was great news for the local area.
“Questacon does a great job of bringing science to young people. This circus is a wonderful idea and just the sort of thing that is needed to get students in our area thinking about science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Mr van Manen said.
“Teachers and students from our local schools stand to benefit greatly from the experience.”
Delivered by Masters of Science Communication graduate students from the Australian National University, the circus tours link to other community initiatives, such as connecting with any Inspiring Australia hubs in the tour areas.
Established in 1985, the circus has directly engaged with more than 2.4 million Australians in regional and remote areas.