13 August 2012
Q. Invite 110 school students to investigate their choice of science topics for a chance to win $4700 in prize money and what do you get?
A. A lot of hard work and an array of fascinating findings, from the ‘Fountain of Youth’ to ‘Are Geckos an Exception to Gravity?’
The students from across the region will present their 91 projects to judges from industry and education at the annual Science Investigation Awards at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Innovation Centre auditorium on Thursday 16 August from 2.30pm to 8pm.
Judges will put the primary and secondary students’ presentations and poster displays under the microscope to determine the 2012 winners.
The awards are organised by the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE) at USC The Science Investigation Awards is a collaboration between education, industry and research partners which focuses on connecting secondary students with science-based primary industries and career paths.
This year, USC is expanding the concept to the Wide Bay region, with 32 students from six schools presenting their findings on Tuesday 14 August at Xavier Catholic College, Hervey Bay.
PICSE USC Science Education Officer Kristin Jones said there had been a great response to the inaugural Hervey Bay awards from regional schools and industry, with $2,500 prize money on offer there.
“We want to get more regional students involved in science up to university level and beyond,” Ms Jones said.
— Julie Gatehouse