Media Release, Shell Reinvests in Science Circus, 25 Nov 2014
Earlier today, the Minister for Education Christopher Pyne and the Country Chair of Shell in Australia, Andrew Smith, launched Shell’s social investment portfolio for the next 3 years.
The Shell Questacon Science Circus was among a group of 10 not-for-profit organisations to receive funding. Shell Australia has chosen to partner with social change organisations who share the same commitment of making an impact by helping young Australians unlock their future potential.
The Shell social investment strategy aims to: equip young people with new skills that have wide applicability for their future, to increase numbers taking maths and science in senior schooling, provide a supportive environment to help young people leverage their skills, remove barriers to young people’s career aspirations, build teacher capacity to positively impact on young people and increase Year 12 or equivalent completion rates.
Science graduates from The Shell Questacon Science Circus brings lively presentations of science to towns and schools across regional Australia while they study for a Master of Science Communication Outreach.
The Shell Questacon Science Circus provides:
- in-school show performances
- teacher professional development workshops
- a travelling science centre for the community
- Beyond School events for senior secondary students
The Science Circus is a long standing partnership between Questacon, Shell and The Australian National University. The Master of Science Communication Outreach is run by the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the ANU.