Queensland Museum sparks science fun with new gallery

28 June 2018

Calling all inventors, thinkers, creatives, the curious and science enthusiasts, Queensland Museum’s brand new science gallery SparkLab, Sciencentre will officially open its doors on Monday, 17 September.

Minister for Science and the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the new multi-million dollar SparkLab would showcase hands-on learning to spark creativity, curiosity and confidence in discovering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) in fun and innovative ways.

“The Queensland Government invested $9.4 million towards the reimagined sciencentre to help put our state at the forefront of STEM learning and ensure our young people are well positioned to capitalise on the jobs of the future,” Minister Enoch said.

“This is the first major renovation to the Sciencentre since it opened at Queensland Museum in 2004, and has been designed to allow visitors to explore our world and how it works using the same skills that scientists, engineers and mathematicians use every day.”

Queensland Museum Network Acting CEO and Director Dr Jim Thompson said SparkLab will bring together imagination and education and allows visitors to be curious about their world.

“This is a very exciting time for the museum and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the new SparkLab where everyone can be a scientist by asking questions, testing ideas and finding creative ways of solving everyday problems,” Dr Thompson said.

“Our goal is to ensure our visitors understand the beauty and wonder behind the science that shapes our lives and inspires the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.”

When the doors open, SparkLab will include 40 exhibits in three zones allowing for flexible facilitated learning experiences; it will also include new science shows, a science bar featuring hands on experiments and demonstrations, and a maker space that gives visitors the opportunity to design, make, test and evaluate their creations in response to a ‘big question’ or challenge.

“Over the coming months we will also explore ways to extend the Sciencentre brand experience to other campuses in the network, including Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba, The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich and Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville,” Dr Thompson said.

“Energy Queensland has come on board as a partner to help us redevelop our science spaces at The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich and at Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville.”

Energy Queensland CEO David Smales said the company and its subsidiaries Energex and Ergon Energy had been very proud partners of the Queensland Museum for more than a decade and were looking forward to supporting another education program.

“The Queensland Museum has continuously provided locals and visitors to this state with some of the most amazing exhibitions that continue to open our eyes up to the wonders of science,” Mr Smales said.

“We’re always proud to support the educational work of Queensland Museum encouraging youngsters’ involvement in science, and it’s these students who may one day help Energy Queensland and our communities to develop new energy solutions for the future.”
Queensland Museum partnered with Science Museum 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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Kylie Hay, Senior Media Officer, Queensland Museum, 3842 9388  | 0434 565 852

Christine Robertson, Senior Media Officer, Queensland Museum, 3840 7789  | 0417 741 710