[ASC-media] ANU Media Release: ANU Scientists take 'mini science circus' to Zululand

Jane O'Dwyer jane.odwyer at anu.edu.au
Thu Aug 24 01:14:29 CEST 2006


ANU MEDIA RELEASE
News from The Australian National University


THURSDAY 24 AUGUST 2006
ANU SCIENTISTS TAKE 'MINI SCIENCE CIRCUS' TO ZULULAND
Zulu students and schools will be the winners as two intrepid ANU science communicators take a mini science circus on the road with Science on the Move - South Africa. The ANU staff will leave for South Africa on Monday. 

The program from Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at The Australian National University gives disadvantaged South African children a chance to experience the fun side of science, as well as empowering science educators in Zululand by combining rigorous staff training with science shows, teacher workshops and a travelling display.
 
"The program is all about sharing Australian knowledge in the science communication field with people who need it most," presenter Graham Walker said. 
 
"Many Zulu classrooms only have chairs, desks and a blackboard," added presenter Cristy Burne. "It's a very special thing for students to have an interactive science display and shows come to their school."
 
The two-month trip will involve travelling to schools each day and seeing up to 1500 students a day. 

The ANU volunteers will present shows on science curriculum topics such as pressure, fire and energy, as well as teaching local staff to do the same. They will also conduct teacher workshops on hands-on science activities using cheap materials - a must for the disadvantaged communities they are focussing on.

The final component is a series of tabletop interactive exhibits; the hand-powered radio is a favourite amongst the African students.

For further information:

Graham Walker, Science Communicator - 0438 640 733

Cristy Burne, Science Communicator - 0401 610 622

Jane O'Dwyer, ANU Media Office - 02 6125 5001/0416 249 231
 
Photos from the program's debut in 2003 are available.
 



Jane O'Dwyer
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