Scientist Fenella Edwards with St Patrick’s students Kirsty Smith and Daniel Leis.
Scientist Fenella Edwards with St Patrick’s students Kirsty Smith and Daniel Leis.

Science Circus entertains kids

PRIMARY school children in Gympie were introduced to the world of science yesterday when the Shell Questacon Science Circus performed science experiments at Gympie West State School and St Patrick’s Primary School.

The students were engaged and lively as they learnt about force, motion, pressure and much more.

Today, Questacon will be at Cooloola Christian College and One Mile State School.

Year 2 students at Gympie West thought the bubble and fluid show they saw was “cool”.

Teacher Helen Tilbrook said the Questacon promoted science to children and showed them it wasn’t about boring old professors in white lab coats, but instead science was fun.

Scientist Natalie Sullivan showed the students bubbles were always round, but when other bubble films were used a cubic bubble could be made. She said the experiment taught students about the elasticity of detergent and water.

Other experiments showed students about the viscosity of fluids; Gympie West student Ryan Johns learnt that slime was hard when a lot of force was applied to it, but soft with only a little force.

Over at St Patrick’s Primary, the students were shown the same experiments.

Year 4 St Patrick’s student Lara Prenzel said she thought the Questacon was fun.

Benjamin Nutland, Year 3, said he liked watching the balloons pop and enjoyed learning how things worked. “I would like to be a scientist,” he said.

Tomorrow you can explore the world of science with more than 50 hands-on exhibits when Questacon will visit the Civic Centre from 5pm – 8pm.

Physics will be brought to life in one experiment tomorrow night when someone lying on a bed of nails has a brick smashed on their chest.

Other experiments involve liquid nitrogen, fire, frozen shadows and speed.

Questacon won’t be back in the region for the next six years so don’t miss out.

Gympie Times


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