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09 Nov 2017


If you want to draw a big crowd, just let folk know you’re going to set fire to a politician.

It was certainly standing room only at the Questacon Science Circus at Derwent Valley PCYC.

Federal Lyons MP Brian Mitchell was very happy to be part of the action, by agreeing to have his hands set on fire.

It was all part of a science demonstration and of course was done with all the necessary safety precautions - and the important message “do not try this at home!”.

“I wasn’t nervous at all - I had complete faith in the young scientists running the show,” said Brian.

“It was great to be part of an activity that makes science fun, and shows how important science is to our lives."

Questacon Science Circus has been running for 30 years and uses a big truck to take science on the road.

There are loads of displays, interactive games and puzzles.

You can see how fast you can throw a ball (Brian’s fastest was 66kph - a local dad scored 103!) and you can get your shadow burned into a wall.

You can spin around to learn about G-force and you can see how fast your reactions are. And there’s heaps more besides.

“The Science Circus is a fantastic partnership between Questacon, Shell and the Australian National University,” says Brian Mitchell MP.

There are a few more events scheduled for Tasmania before the truck leaves the state.

“On Saturday 11 November there’s a huge public exhibition at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, and I’d encourage everyone to head along.”

Information about Science Circus here -

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9 November  2017

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