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Science with a bang

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

The VU Science Spectacular Family Night will showcase the Professor Science Troupe and their repertoire of big bangs, chemical reactions and fire tricks.

The free December 7 2011 show will be followed by hands-on science activities for parents and kids. Troupe co-coordinator Nick Athanasiou said the event was designed to inspire and generate a love of science.

"The way we engage young people in science is through big bangs and raw science where it's all about hands-on discovery,'' he said. "It's much more appealing than traditional high-brow science events and the usual reaction after our first experiment says it all!''

The troupe is made up of VU students studying for a degree in science, and the show provides them with invaluable teaching and presentation experience. It has been travelling to schools around Victoria and interstate for the past seven 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,'' Mr Athanasiou said.

The VU Science Spectacular Family Night starts 6pm at Victoria University on Ballarat Road, Footscray, building L, level 1, room L114.  

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

To register visit sciencefamilynight.vu.edu.au

 

Available for interview:

Nick Athanasiou, troupe co-coordinator

Foundation Studies, Victoria University

(03) 9919 4233; 0401 673 367; nick.athanasiou@vu.edu.au

OR

Janet Grady, administration

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science, Victoria University

(03) 9919 4492; 0418 504 282; janet.grady@vu.edu.au

 

Media contact:

Michael Quin, communications officer (research)

Marketing and Communications, Victoria University

(03) 9919 9491; 0431 815 409; media@vu.edu.au

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