ANU Media Alert: African pop-up science exhibition to wow students

Sunday, May 21, 2017 — Science communicators from eight African countries have created a pop-up interactive science exhibition as part of an Australia Awards Fellowship at the The Australian National University (ANU) National Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS).

Australia Awards are prestigious international Scholarships and Fellowships funded by the Australian Government to build capacity and strengthen partnerships between Australian organisations and partner organisations in eligible developing countries.

Students from The Woden School and Alfred Deakin High School will be the first to get hands-on with the exhibits, which bring scientific concepts to life in fun and interactive ways, during a special event at the Botswana High Commission.

Media are invited to attend the exhibition on Monday 22 May, featuring the exhibition, interactions between students and the African delegation, and a science show from ANU staff.

The exhibition is part of the Science Circus Africa program, an ANU initiative that has reached over 68,000 people across seven African countries and trained more than 350 African staff.

The six-week training program aims to give science centre leaders the skills, knowledge and inspiration to create and further develop interactive science centres in Africa, similar to Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, Questacon. The African exhibition has been built in conjunction with Questacon’s Ian Potter Technology Learning Centre.

High quality pictures of the program in Africa are available on request.

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WHAT: Pop-up DIY interactive science exhibition designed and built by African science communicators, and a science show.

WHO: 15 African science centre pioneers, students from The Woden School and Alfred Deakin High School, and ANU’s Dr Graham Walker.

WHERE: High Commission of the Republic of Botswana, 130 Denison St, Deakin ACT

WHEN: 10.30am, Monday 22 May (exhibition 10.30-11.25, show 11.25-11.45).