The Science Circus Africa tour has arrived in Harare and was launched at the Australian Embassy last Friday.
The Science circus, which is the brainchild of Dr. Graham Walker, will showcase scientific experiments, exhibits and workshops with the aim of providing inspiration to both teachers and students in Zimbabwean junior and senior schools.
Speaking at the launch, the Australian ambassador Susan McCourt, said “The Australian Embassy is proud to support the Science Circus tour through Zimbabwe. The engaging activities of the Science Circus will empower teachers to deliver innovative science education and help students on a path to lifelong science learning’.”
The science circus which will hold a series of interactive science at a number of schools in and outside Harare through a series of interactive science shows.
In addition to the shows, Dr. Walker will conduct teacher trainings and show teachers how ordinary items can be used to make science more accessible for students and promote science education. The Show will give kids a genuinely fun learning experience. We’re also doing a lot to help teachers carry on this inspiration after we leave.” Said Dr Walker.
The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education also welcomed the holding of the shows and expressed the hope that it will encourage girls to take up science subjects.
“As exhibited at the launch, teaching science does not need to use very expensive equipment. I believe the circus will compliment the new education curriculum which came into effect in 2015,” said Thomas Dhobha, the regional director for Harare province in the Ministry.
The Science Circus Project was developed through collaboration between Dr Walker, the Australian National University, Questacon – Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, and passionate partners in each African country who are crucial to fostering long-term outcomes.
In Zimbabwe the Science Circus project partnered with the Zimbabwe Science Fair, headed by the young and inspiring Knowledge Chikundi. Chikundi and his team will be trained by Dr. Walker and be given the materials and equipment to carry out the science shows and teacher trainings in the future.
Top Image: Dr. Graham Walker demonstrating the concept of gravity using two balls to students in attendance.