Young Tassie Scientists on the road

Spanning the disciplines from astrophysics to zoology, eight enthusiastic scientists are taking to the road this week to spread the word about their research and their careers as part of the Young Tassie Scientists Program.

Over the next fortnight they will be giving presentations to more than 6,000 students from 58 schools around the State, from Bruny Island to Glenora, Collinsvale and Nubeena in the South and from Redpa to Wilmot, Boat Harbour and Port Sorrell in the North West.

The Young Tassie Scientists program aims to inspire Tasmanians by showcasing Tasmanian research and careers in science.

In celebration of National Science Week, the Young Tassie Scientists will share their passion for science and learning with more than 15,000 Tasmanians in schools and at National Science Week festivals including Tasmania’s astronomy festival, TastroFest in Ulverstone, during August

Co-ordinator Dr Adele Wilson from the University of Tasmania said the program is about encouraging young people to see the many different aspects of science beyond the lab coats.

“We aim to inspire Tasmanians by sharing local science stories from our young scientists who are working and researching right here in Tasmania, in disciplines including Antarctic studies, entomology, marine biology, environmental science, zoology and geology,” Dr Wilson said.

“We find that school students always ask lots of great questions and going into schools and meeting students face to face makes a real difference.

Dr Wilson said the Young Tassie Scientists program was not only a fantastic opportunity for schools, it also allowed our talented young researchers to share their experiences in science and engineering with other Tasmanians.

“World-class scientific research is happening right here in Tasmania every day and we are lucky to live in such a fascinating place,” said Dr Wilson.

The Young Tassie Scientists will deliver interactive presentations, talks and hands-on activities to students.

This week they will visit schools in the State’s South, while later next month the program will take them to the West Coast, East Coast, Midlands and Northern Tasmania.

The Young Tassie Scientists program received funding from the Australian Government through a National Science Week grant, and is supported by the University of Tasmania’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.

More information about the Young Tassie Scientists, including scientist profiles, can be found at www.youngtassiescientists.com




Published on: 31 Jul 2017 10:30am