Spark your curiosity at Queensland Museum’s new Sciencentre!

17 September 2018

See giant sparks of electricity, test your strength, watch water freeze, observe magnetic liquid and be amazed by an illuminated six foot sphere that shows dynamic images of the atmosphere, oceans and land at Queensland Museums new SparkLab, Sciencentre which opened today.

 

Minister for Science and Arts Leeanne Enoch said the new SparkLab Sciencentre was developed with $9.4 million from the Queensland Government and will pave the way to making science, technology, engineering, and maths accessible to everyone.

 

“This is the first major renovation to the Sciencentre since it opened at Queensland Museum in 2004 and highlights our commitment to the future,” Minister Enoch said.

 

“Visitors can step inside SparkLab to test ideas and find creative ways to solve problems – the very same skills that scientists, engineers and mathematicians use every day.”

 

“SparkLab is about connecting to science in a hands-on, fun way with 40 interactive exhibitions, featuring a science bar with hands-on experiments and demonstrations, and a maker space with the opportunity to design, make, and evaluate new creations,” she said.

 

“The new sciencentre is also a showcase for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), supporting the Government’s Advance Queensland initiative to put Queensland at the forefront of STEM learning.”

 

Queensland Museum Network Acting CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the team at the museum are delighted and excited to welcome visitors to the new vibrant and interactive SparkLab.

 

“We are looking forward to rolling out the welcome mat and opening the doors to a world of scientific discovery where people can test ideas, look for answers and be curious about what science has to offer,” Dr Thompson said.

 

“Science is everywhere in our daily lives, and science is fun, without it you wouldn’t be able to drive to work, phone a friend, or turn the lights on, so it’s important that we are able to connect with and inspire the next generation to develop interests and skills in STEM.

 

“We are also delighted to announce the University of Queensland as academic partner of SparkLab. UQ and Queensland Museum have a longstanding history built around our strengths of research excellence and we look forward to applying that work to STEM engagement.

 

“As academic partner, UQ will contribute their expertise as one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. They will help us develop and deliver Sparklab programs and events, to inspire the next generation of knowledge seekers and learners.”

 

Queensland Museum also partnered with Science Museum Group London, to deliver SparkLab, based on the group’s popular Wonderlab galleries.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.qm.qld.gov.au/sparklab

 

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Media Contact: media@qm.qld.gov.au

Kylie Hay, Queensland Museum, (07) 3842 9388 | 0434 565 852