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Young Tassie Scientists on the road

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From exploring the brain to discovering the earth, nine enthusiastic scientists are taking to the road to spread the word about their research and careers as part of the Young Tassie Scientists program.

They will be giving presentations to more than 2,000 students in 25 schools across Northern and North East Tasmania, the Midlands and the East Coast – everywhere from Swansea to Deloraine, and Bridport to Bagdad.

The Young Tassie Scientist program aims to inspire Tasmanians by showcasing Tasmanian research and what a career in science really involves.

In celebration of National Science Week, the Young Tassie Scientists have been sharing their passion for science and learning with more than 15,000 Tasmanians at various National Science Week events in schools, science festivals and expos across the State during August 2017.

Young Tassie Scientists Co-ordinator Dr Adele Wilson, from the University of Tasmania, said the program was 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, chemistry, marine biology, environmental science, zoology and geology,” Dr Wilson said.

“School students ask us lots of great questions and we find that going into schools and meeting students face to face makes a real difference.

“Meeting someone passionate about their work was the spark for many of us and how we became inspired to study science in the first place, so this is a great opportunity for us to share our excitement for science and research with Tasmania’s students.”

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, 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.

They will be visiting schools in the East Coast, Midlands and Northern Tasmania. Young Tassie Scientists also visited schools on the West Coast, the North West and Southern 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.

Source: UTAS

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