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Beyond School: Shell Questacon Science Circus

 Beyond School: Shell Questacon Science Circus
On the 9th August, 2013 sixteen year 9 students journeyed to Central Queensland University to participate in the Beyond School event. Beyond School is a free travelling secondary school specific event that showcases local science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions and opportunities.
It is an initiative of Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre, Shell and The Australian National University.
Gladstone Beyond School is part of the Shell Questacon Science Circus regional launch of National Science Week. Groups attending Beyond School will preview the public exhibition, part of the evening activities of the Shell Questacon Science Circus. Under the ethos of: ‘Hear I will forget; see I will remember; do and I will understand,’ the students were involved in a variety of hands-on academic experiences including engineering bridge designs, using skewers and marshmallows to construct buildings and testing their throwing strength.
Students enjoyed working with many specialists and professionals including Conservation Volunteers, Professional Engineers, and QAL and science experts from Questacon.
All students enjoyed the scientific and educational activities especially making their own putty and experiencing the wonders of liquid nitrogen and its effects on an everyday balloon.