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Free Family Science Spectacular with a bang

Science with a bang will be served up by Victoria University this December bringing together a feast of raw experiments to shock and inspire.

The 2013 VU Science spectacular family night will showcase the Professor Science Troupe who will perform explosions and fire tricks along with other science demonstrations.

The free show on Thursday December 12 will run for 70 minutes and will be followed by hands on science activities for parents and children.

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

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

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

“It gives the university students some practice with communicating science knowledge to a diverse audience, which bolsters their confidence,” he said.

When:    6pm, Thursday December 12, 2013

Where:   Building L, Level 1, Room 14 (next to the gym),

               Footscray Park Campus, Ballarat Rd Footscray

               Free car-parking available across the road from the venue

Nick Athanasiou is available for interview or further information: +61 3 9919 4233

Media contact:

Christine White, General Manager, Public Affairs and Media

Public Affairs Department, Victoria University

+61 3 9919 4322; 0434 602 884; media@vu.edu.au

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