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Big bang theory will entertain at Victoria University family science night

Science will be served with a bang at Victoria University next month with a spectacular feast of experiments to shock and inspire.

The 2010 VU Science Spectacular family night will showcase the Professor Science Troupe, which will perform an array of science demonstrations, including explosions and fire tricks.

The free show on Wednesday, 8 December will run for 80 minutes, followed by hands-on science activities for both parents and children.

VU Lecturer in Foundation Studies Nick Athanasiou said the showcase was designed to inspire and generate a love of science.

"It's great for many families because this is often their first experience with science,'' he said. "Their usual reaction after the first experiment is amazing. We work with the audience to give them a more hands-on experience, which is much more appealing than traditional high-brow science events.''

The troupe is made up of VU students studying for a degree in science, and the show provides them with teaching and presentation experience, which is invaluable to their education. It has been travelling to schools around Victoria and interstate for the past five years, promoting science through a range of exciting demonstrations.

"It's great for the university students because it gives them some practice with communicating science knowledge to a diverse audience, which bolsters their confidence.''

When: Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Time: 6pm

Where: Footscray Park Campus (corner Ballarat and Geelong Roads) Building L, Level 1, Room 14 (next to the gym)

Register: Email foundationstudies@vu.edu.au

Free car-parking available across the road from the venue.

 

Photo opportunity: VU students carrying out science experiments upon request.

For interview: Nick Athanasiou, Victoria University, on 9919 4233 or 0401 673 367

Media contact:

Daniel Clarke, Media Officer,

VU Marketing and Communications Department

Ph: 9919 9491 or 0407 771 072

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