More than 200 events will be held statewide as part of National Science Week, which was officially launched in Hobart today.
National Science Week and the events held around the state celebrate talent and achievement in the fields of science, engineering, technology and innovation.
Scientific research is a significant contributer to the Tasmanian economy, employing over 3,200 people and generating revenue in excess of $500 million per year.
The Hodgman Liberal Government wants to continue to grow this sector to create more jobs for Tasmanians.
That’s why we are encouraging more students to pursue careers in science by extending high schools through to Year 12 and investing in maths and science teaching skills through the $4.2 million Developing Our Workforce Strategy.
As well as being good for our economy, science brings all kinds of benefits to our community, environment and quality of life.
It is imperative that government, scientists and the general community continue to work together to promote science and encourage innovation.
National Science Weeks run from 15 – 23 August and over 200 events will take place state-wide, including the Festival of Bright Ideas in Hobart and Strahan, the TAStroFest in Ulverstone, and the the Science Open Season in Launceston.
A major event on the program this year is the two-day Festival of Bright Ideas on Hobart’s waterfront, where TMAG will be one of several science organisations presenting activities and exhibition.
The free event is open to the public on Saturday 15 August and offers a diverse program of hands-on activities, exhibitions, science entertainment, and celebrity speakers suitable for the whole family.
TMAG’s exhibit is titled Spark Up Your Wildlife, and explains how animals use their own ancient electrical powers to survive and also delves into the phenomenon of electro-reception in animals such as platypus and spiders.
Details of all Tasmanian events can be found at http://www.scienceweek.net.au/events/
Michael Ferguson, Minister for Information Technology and Innovation