Questacon’s Science Circus is coming to the NSW Central Coast thanks to additional funding from the Morrison Government.

The circus will bring the fun of science to schools, run pop-up science centres and professional development workshops for teachers.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said part of an extra $8.9 million of funding in the 2019-20 Budget will go toward the expansion into Gosford and Woy Woy.

“The Morrison Government is committed to bringing the benefits of science education to all Australian school students,” Minister Andrews said.

“Gosford and Woy Woy have been identified as lacking in science and technology engagement activities for students and the community.

“The study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects will be needed for many of the jobs of the future, so it’s essential for our children and the Australian economy that we increase engagement,” Minister Andrews said.

“Women, girls, Indigenous Australians and those in regional and remote areas continue to be underrepresented in STEM subjects and this is part of a range of initiatives to improve that situation.”

Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks said it’s terrific locals will no longer have to travel to Sydney to take advantage of the tour.

“Questacon has a great reputation for making science engaging and our students will get a great deal out of the circus,” Ms Wicks said.

“If tours like this inspire just a few students to seek careers in STEM fields it will have done its job, but my hope is that many more than that will take up the subjects.”

Delivered by Masters of Science Communication graduate students from the Australian National University, the circus tours link to other community initiatives, such as connecting with any Inspiring Australia hubs in the tour areas.

Established in 1985, the circus has directly engaged with more than 2.4 million Australians in regional and remote areas.