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Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre is Australia’s leading science centre, offering a range of engaging and exciting experiences for students of all ages, inspiring interest and fostering positive associations with science, technology, engineering and maths.
Questacon has two facilities in Canberra—the iconic Centre in the Parliamentary Zone, and The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre in Deakin, adjacent to the Royal Australian Mint. These two facilities offer diverse experiences founded on Questacon’s philosophy of hands-on learning.
The Questacon website has information about the latest exhibitions, workshops, educational Q Shop products and Canberra-based and national outreach programmes. Free teacher resources are also available online to enhance students’ experiences.
Questacon in Canberra’s Parliamentary Zone offers over 200 hands-on experiences in eight themed galleries. On this self-guided tour students are encouraged to ask questions while interacting with the exhibits, to explore the science behind the world we live in.
In the Excite@Q exhibition, students can battle a robot in a game of air hockey, test their reflexes against their classmates or free fall down a six metre slide. The Awesome Earth exhibition highlights the mighty power and stunning beauty of our planet and the grandeur of the universe in which we live.
Q Lab offers a dynamic, experimental environment that allows students to ask questions and find their own answers. Questacon science communicators and visiting scientists regularly perform scientific demonstrations to engage and involve students in the scientific process.
To complement the interactive exhibition experiences the Questacon Excited Particles perform daily Spectacular Science Shows on a wide range of topics linked to the Australian Curriculum. School groups can book to see one of these shows during their visit, at no additional charge. Specific shows can be requested when you make a booking.
Students can take a piece of Questacon home with them with a purchase from the Q Shop. The Q Shop stocks a range of books, gifts and souvenirs that aim to extend and inspire your students’ interactive experience and knowledge.
School group bookings are available seven days a week at 15-minute intervals. Groups should allow at least two hours to explore the Centre’s exhibitions; Spectacular Science Shows run for an additional 30 minutes each.
For a unique experience, Questacon’s Q by Night programme offers groups a personally guided experience through the galleries for two hours.
Bookings are essential and admission fees apply for group bookings.
Questacon Maker Project workshops, delivered at The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre in Deakin, engage students in years 6–12 through hands-on experiences.
These free two-hour workshops support STEM education with links to the Australian Curriculum, and provide students with an in-depth exposure to the innovation process. Questacon’s presenters facilitate the workshops to provide an engaging exploration of high-tech gadgets and low-tech materials with stimulating activities and engineering challenges.
Workshops include 3D design, building and programming robots, building cranes and much more!
Workshops are offered Monday to Friday as morning or afternoon sessions.
Workshop bookings are essential and group size must be 20–80 students.