African pop-up science exhibition wows students

22 May 2017

Science communicators from eight African countries created a pop-up interactive science exhibition on Monday 22 May as part of a program at the ANU National Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS).

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

The exhibition was 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 at ANU is supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Australia Awards initiative.

The 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.