The Young Tassie Scientist (YTS) program is celebrating its tenth year of bringing real science into Tasmanian classrooms.
The program aims to broaden the profile of science and engineering to students and the public throughout Tasmania and to provide insights into what it is like to work as a scientist or engineer.
The program also provides teachers with the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of current research.
The 2012 team of scientists was made up of early career researchers from a broad spectrum of scientific fields, including genetic science, engineering , epidemiology, chemistry and Antarctic science.
Tasmanian schools have wholeheartedly supported this National Science Week outreach program since it started in 2003, and more than 100 Young Tassie Scientists have visited schools around the state.
The school visits program for 2012 was fully booked, with more than 50 schools hosting a visit.
During National Science Week, the 13 early career researchers visited Tasmanian primary and secondary schools, from Geeveston in the South, to St. Helens on the East Coast, to Redpa in the far North West – involving more than 3000 Tasmanian students.
As part of Celebrating 10 Years of YTS, the scientists also took part in a National Science Week reception at Government House, visited schools in their home communities and have been involved in a range of public activities including Be A Scientist at QVMAG and CSIRO’s Double Helix Club events.
Feedback on this year’s program included:
“I would just like to say a huge thank you for organising the Young Tassie Scientists visit to our science club at Ulverstone High. It was a fabulous afternoon and we really appreciated your visit. Please pass on our thanks and congratulations to Sarah, Reyne and Fiona for providing a top experience for our community.”
“I just wanted to thank you for giving up your time to visit Lansdowne Crescent Primary School today. The teachers involved described your presentation as brilliant and said that students found it stimulating and thought provoking. Thank you so much for bringing science alive for our students.”
Over the last 10 years, the YTS have also taken in part in University Open Days, National Science Week activities, career expos and science/art programs, reaching many hundreds of people.
Funding for this program has been from National Science Week grants, the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts (Tasmania), and UTAS.
Find out more about the 2012 team at the Young Tassie Scientists website.
From L-R: Young Tassie Scientists Sarah Lyden, Kira Patterson, Fiona Hume, Reyne Pullen, Nick Blackburn, Caillin Eastwood-Sutherland, Sarah Ugalde and Arabella Young at the Government House National Science Week Reception.