Questacon visiting Whyalla

SCIENCE: A bevy of interactive experiments will be brought to the Whyalla Leisure Centre by Questacon this weekend.
SCIENCE: A bevy of interactive experiments will be brought to the Whyalla Leisure Centre by Questacon this weekend.

A bevy of exciting, interactive experiments will be coming to Whyalla as part of a showcase being hosted by Questacon on Saturday.

The event will take place at the Whyalla Leisure Centre, and allows families to play with some of the technology available at the National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra.

Over 40 hands-on exhibits will be available, and will be complimented by science shows throughout the day, including the Sciencce of Fire and Magic vs Science.

Presenters Phoebe Armitage and Sarah Buchan said they enjoyed bringing experiments to rural locations like Whyalla.

“We just had close to 1000 people come to our exhibit in Port Lincoln, which was a really exceptional turn out,” Phoebe said.

Questacon will also be coming to primary schools and high schools in Whyalla in the lead up to the weekend event.

“Anyone who is interested in science, and even people who aren’t interested in science and just want to come along and have a good time are welcome,” Sarah said.

“It’s something really different, and a fun hands-on learning experience. It makes it a little less scary and not as boring,” she said.

The showcase is part of changing the stereotypes around science, showing that it can be enjoyable for everyone.

“In our shows we do experiments with things that kids have seen every day like balls and bubbles, there’s actually a lot of science within those objects,” Phoebe said.

“I had a parent the other day who said ‘I didn’t know that’ during one of our shows, so it’s not just kids. Everyone loves looking at something under the microscope.”

While it’s mainly a love of science driving them to be a part of the show, Phoebe and Sarah are also part of a 16-person team studying a Science and Communication Masters Degree at the Australian National University.

“This is our homework basically. It’s pretty cool homework,” Phoebe said.