Australian center to show Vietnamese children science tricks

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A staff member at the Questacon science center for children in Canberra, Australia, simulates a volcanic eruption with a model. Photo courtesy of VnExpress

The National Science and Technology Center in Australia, which teaches science to children and teenagers through free games, quizzes and activities, is coming to Vietnam for exhibitions this month.

Known popularly as Questacon, the center has been a success in Australia for many years. The upcoming "Fascinating Science" show aims to introduce Vietnamese children to various physics, chemistry and biology lessons in the most dynamic and enjoyable ways.

Exhibits including 46 models and games will emphasize hands-on exploration of a broad range of scientific themes including the principles of music and sound, human biology, light, force and motion, perception and puzzles, Australia consulate in Ho Chi Minh City said in an email.

They will be presented for free at Hanoi University of Science and Technology at 18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Cau Giay District between April 10 and 13, Da Nang University at 41 Le Duan, Hai Chau between April 17 and 19 and then at RMIT University at 702 Nguyen Van Linh, District 7 in Ho Chi Minh City from April 24 to 27, as an activity to mark 40 years of Vietnam and Australia's diplomatic relationship.

The event is expected to include smaller versions of presentations, exhibits and displays at the center in Canberra.

Established 25 years ago with help from Japan, Questacon is one of around 2,400 centers providing the practical study of science to children around the world.

It is visited by nearly half a million people every year, two thirds of them children, who learn from their own physical interactions with various gadgets and items.

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