Port Douglas to get a second circus treat this month



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Port Douglas Community Hall will be overflowing with exciting hands-on science exhibits on Thursday 30 May when the Science Circus and its colourful semi-trailer roll into town for an exhibition of its Pop-up Science Centre.

And you’ll get the opportunity to spin yourself until you’re dizzy, compare your reflexes to a Formula 1 driver and see your fingertips under the microscope with the Shell Questacon Science Circus.

Visitors of all ages can enjoy over 40 interactive science exhibits and watch spectacular science shows as Science Circus presenters hold fire in their hands, lie on a bed of nails and levitate beach balls.

“Science and technology play a huge part in our daily lives and the Pop-up Science Centre offers the whole community an opportunity to get hands-on and explore science for themselves,” Science Circus presenter Cat Nielsen said. 

The team is visiting local schools across the Port Douglas region this week, sharing flying rockets, freezing cold liquid nitrogen and gooey slime with students through a range of interactive science shows.

“We hope that many of the students we’ve visited in schools will bring their families along to the Pop-up Science Centre to explore science together and with the rest of the community,” Cat said.

The Science Circus comprises 16 postgraduate students studying a Master of Science Communication Outreach at The Australian National University.

The students spend three months engaging people with science and technology through visits to communities all over Australia.

Since 1985, the Science Circus has inspired more than 2.5 million people with interactive science shows during multiple visits to over 500 towns and communities, including 90 remote Indigenous communities. 

The Shell Questacon Science Circus is a proud initiative of Shell, The Australian National University and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.

Shell Questacon Science Circus Pop-up details:
Port Douglas: Thursday 30 May, 4-7 pm, Port Douglas Community Hall Corner of Mowbray Street & Mudlo Street.

Port Douglas tickets only available at the door.

Admission: adult $6, child/concession $5, family $18 and children under 5 are free. 

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