[ASC-list] Media release: Science prizes presented at ANU
director at tossgascoigne.com.au
Mon Aug 17 22:51:15 UTC 2009
AWARDS PRESENTED TO YOUNG SCIENCE STUDENTS
Fifty five top performing science students will be presented with a
national award by Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr in Canberra on
Tuesday (18 August).
All students gained a perfect score in the Rio Tinto Big Science
Competition, a national science competition open to students from
Grade 7 to 12. They are coming to Canberra from all over Australia for
The event is organized by Australian Science Innovations, with support
from Rio Tinto and the Australian National University.
Mr Toss Gascoigne, Executive Director of ASI, says that gaining a
perfect score in the Big Science Competition is to place one foot on
the ladder to a glittering career in science.
“These students have done brilliantly,” he said. ““Nearly forty
thousand students entered the competition, and only 55 Grade Ten
students got every question right - that’s outstanding.”
Mr Gascoigne said the Big Science Competition aimed to stimulate the
interest of students by setting a series of questions on contemporary
science issues, such as swine flu, climate change, alternative energy
sources and the environment.
“We want to show that science is grappling with issues that will shape
the world tomorrow. They’re relevant, they’re challenging and are
connected to many job opportunities.”
He said that Australia faces a significant shortfall in scientists,
engineers, technologists and researchers. The Big Science Competition
wants to get students curious about science, and stimulate their
interest in further studies and possible careers.
Following the presentations, the students will tour ANU, beginning
with a spectacular demonstration of bangs and flashes by Dr Peter
Wothers from Cambridge University.
Dr Wothers is on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpSMlJAlAt8
Media are invited to attend the event.
Where: Presentation, Finkel Theatre, John Curtin Medical School, ANU
When: 11 am Tuesday 18 August
Contact: Toss Gascoigne 0408 704 442
Dr Wothers’ demonstration: Physics Theatre 1, Building 38, Science Rd
ANU at 1pm
Refreshments will be served.
Mr Toss Gascoigne
Australian Science Innovations
Box 7251 Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610
P. (02) 6125 9647
M. 0408 704 442
F. (02) 6125 9646
In partnership, ASI delivers the Australian Science Olympiads, Rio
Tinto Big Science and LABLINKS.
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