Science and Technology

Students showcase science theories for awards

Hundreds of young aspiring scientists will visit the University’s Sandy Bay Campus Thursday, 15 September 2016 for the annual Science Investigation Awards.

Students from years 5-12 will put their scientific hypothesis to the test with projects in areas including agricultural science, engineering, environment, marine, physical sciences and health and fitness.

The projects are presented to a panel of judges from the university and industry.

Year 11 student Hannah Sutton is part of this year’s judging team. Hannah won the awards in Hobart last year and went on to take out the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards, and was also a grand award winner at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in the US.

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology Community and Student Engagement Manager Jeannie-Marie LeRoi said the awards were designed to encourage students to further study science, while also inspiring them to consider a career in the discipline.

“Students will be engaging with representatives from industry, education and research, allowing them to gain insight into a world of career opportunities which stem from science,” she said.

“This year there are almost 50 schools participating state-wide, a substantial increase from last year which shows the interest from students and teachers is growing. Beyond that, there has been a substantial level of continued community support, particularly in the North-West where the awards originally began.”

Professor Brian Yates, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology said the awards allowed students to discover the diversity of science, and that a number of participants had gone on to make their mark on science nationally and overseas.

“The awards are a wonderful way of recognising the science projects of school students from across Tasmania. These students have developed really intriguing research questions and they have put a lot of work and time into their scientific investigations which will be visually presented through reports and posters,” Professor Yates said.

Each judging event or “Presentation Day” is followed by a public awards evening.

The Science Investigation Awards are presented in partnership with the BIG Committee (North-West program), and the Tasmanian Women in Agriculture (North, North-West, and Southern program). The North and North-West awards have already been held.

The awards are also supported by individual and business sponsors, who have generously donated cash prizes.

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