Science Expo bigger and better with a focus on the George Town community and environment

Published 16 Aug 2017

The wonders of science will unite George Town and Beaconsfield schools and the wider community today.

More than 500 students, parents and other community members are expected to converge for the second annual George Town Bigger Science Expo, with this year’s event focussing on the sustainability of the upper Tamar estuary.

Co-presented by the George Town Council, Bell Bay Aluminium, the George Town Community Hub and the Peter Underwood Centre, the expo features hands-on science activities designed to inspire and engage students.

“The expo brings together many and varied exhibitors and learning experiences that will inform aspirations and connect young people and families to further education opportunities in STEAM,” said Peter Underwood Centre director, Professor Natalie Brown.

The University of Tasmania and key local industries are heavily represented among exhibitors, who include:

  • AMC - Experiencing wind in your sails in Sydney Harbour with AMC’s sailing simulator.
  • IMAS – Fascinating research into the marine life and environment of the Tamar.
  • Young Tassie Scientists – What scientists really do.
  • Hydro Tasmania – Discovering how water makes power.
  • The Story of compost – How your apple core becomes a rose garden.
  • Bugirl – Insects as future food (tastings included).

The expo will also feature three presentations:

Renewable Energy – NEST Energy General Manager Mark Barnett will talk about saving money by working more efficiently to generate energy on site and transitioning to a cleaner and more sustainable future.

Insects and Food and You – PhD candidate in invertebrate ecology Shasta Henry will talk about insects as future food.

Coffee and Chat with Dr James – UTAS fisheries and aquaculture scientist Dr James Haddy will be available to chat to parents of school-aged children about careers in science, challenges he faced and how he looked ahead to something great with the help of his mum.

Bell Bay Aluminium Community Relations Specialist Lou Clark said while it was not always apparent, “science underpinned the everyday”.

“Supporting the George Town Bigger Science Expo and National Science Week is one of the ways Bell Bay Aluminium can bring the role that science plays in our everyday lives to the attention of students and the broader community in a fun as well as educational way,” Ms Clark said.

George Town Mayor Bridget Archer said the Expo had received fantastic support from many industries and organisations, and provided hands on experience to demonstrate how studying science could open up a multitude of employment options.

“The Expo is a great way to help students and families understand the practical application of studying science, and start a community conversation about the value of continuing education and training to Year 12 and beyond.”

Launched in February 2015, the Peter Underwood Centre is a partnership between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government in association with the Office of the Governor of Tasmania.

WHAT: George Town Bigger Science Expo.

WHERE: George Town Memorial Hall complex.

WHEN: 11.30am-3-30pm today.