Australian Embassy
Vietnam

Media Release - 10/4/2013

Australia’s National Science Exhibition opens in Hanoi today

 

Questacon, Australia’s National Science & Technology Centre launched its exhibition “Fascinating Science on the Move” in Hanoi today, one of three destinations during its tour of Vietnam.

Through its world renowned interactive exhibits, the exhibition, which is one of the Australian Government’s key activities celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Vietnam, will give children the opportunity to explore and learn a broad range of scientific themes, including the principles of music and sound, human biology, light, force and motion, perception and puzzles. Together with the exhibition, Questacon will also perform live shows, hold capacity building workshops for local science teachers and have discussions/seminars on science communication with representatives from the education, science and culture ministries of Vietnam.

“Australia and Vietnam have developed strong and effective education ties over the past 40 years. We believe the Questacon tour will further enhance education links between the two countries as well as trigger and inspire enthusiasm for science and technology among Vietnamese youth and children,” said Australian Ambassador Hugh Borrowman.

“Our science exhibition demonstrates that science is fun, relevant and fascinating for all ages,” said Professor Graham Durant AM, Director of Questacon who is accompanying Questacon’s exhibition in Vietnam.

“With its emphasis on hands-on exploration and learning, we hope the exhibition will also support and encourage problem solving and individual inquiry-based learning”. The English-Vietnamese book “Having Fun with Science and Technology” has been developed to support Vietnamese schools to teach science in English,” said Professor Durant.

The exhibition will open for selected schools from 10-12 April and for the public from 8.30- 15.00, 13 April at Ta Quang Buu library of Hanoi University of Science and Technology. The exhibition will then move to Da Nang City from 16-18 April (at the University of Da Nang, #41 Le Duan) and Ho Chi Minh City, 24-27 April (at RMIT University, 702 Nguyen Van Linh St, Dist 7).
Questacon is Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre. Each year, Questacon receives over 450 000 visitors to its Centre in Canberra, while more than 660 000 see its exhibitions in other museums and centres around Australia and overseas.

For further information and updates on the Questacon exhibition in Vietnam and other 40th anniversary activities, please visit the Embassy’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AustralianEmbassyVietnam and http://www.flickr.com/photos/australianembassyvietnam/

Or contact Ms. Vu Binh Chau, Media Officer, Australian Embassy in Hanoi (phone: 04 3774 0216, mobile: 0166 561 0149, email: binh-chau.vu@dfat.gov.au).