Our Mission

Science Circus Africa aims to make STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – inspiring, amazing and accessible for students, teachers and the community, while also training and equipping African teams to continue this work.

This project is about Africa, Australia and in time the rest of the world working together to create sustainable impacts – both for African youth, communities and science education, and for economic growth, industry and a county’s capacity in STEM that drives this. Our African partners have been selected because they are all working towards big, long-term goals to deliver innovative science education for their countries; Science Circus Africa aims to join them on this journey.

If you want to walk fast, walk alone; but if you want to walk far, walk together” – African proverb.

What we do

In schools and public venues, the Circus brings science and technology to life using hands-on exhibitions, exciting science shows and live demonstrations and teacher workshops using everyday materials.

Australian and African staff work hand in hand to deliver programs in an immersive training experience. Content is honed with our local partners to be relevant and accessible to each country and more broadly to Africa as whole. After each tour, equipment is donated to our African partners for ongoing use – and ongoing impacts.

The Circus has a range of impacts, but at its heart it is about developing people and ongoing programs while simultaneously running programs to benefit African communities.

  • For students, it provides curriculum-relevant, enjoyable and exciting science education, inspires future study and careers and makes learning fun.
  • For teachers, it provides inspiration, resources and know-how to do science with easily available local materials.
  • For communities, it demystifies science and shows its role in our everyday lives.

For countries, these impacts are critical for wellbeing and economic growth.

Who we are

The project was founded through a collaboration between the Australian Government, Australian National University (ANU), Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre (Australia), the Dūcere Foundation, Science ShowOffs – Dr Graham Walker and many African partners. Visit the Partners page to see all sponsors, supporters and partners.

The Circus’s principle supporter is the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).