The Young Tassie Scientists (YTS) program aims to broaden the profile of science and engineering to students and the general public throughout Tasmania and to provide insights into working as a scientist or engineer.
It involves early career researchers who are passionate about their work and can connect with a range of audiences. They present talks and activities based on their research to schools and communities around Tasmania, and are widely profiled ambassadors for science and engineering during National Science Week.
The Young Tassie Scientists help engage and motivate students about science and science careers - and also provide teachers with the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of current research.
By providing dynamic and inspiring role models, engaging hands-on activities, and information on educational opportunities and future careers, the YTS program encourages younger people to continue their studies in science and to make connections between studying science and resulting jobs and careers.
Since its inception in 2003, the program has involved 82 young researchers who have visited over 130 schools around the state. Young Tassie Scientists have also taken in part in University Open Days, Department of Economic Development seminars, National Science Week events, career expos, and science/art events, reaching many hundreds of people. Media coverage has also increased over the years, and contributes to the high public awareness of National Science Week in Tasmania.
In 2010, the Young Tassie Scientist program is part of the inaugral Tasmanian Science Festival, informing the wider community about scientific research in Tasmania and focussing on the theme areas of Environment, Marine Science and Frontier Technologies.
National Science Week is Australia’s largest national festival, raising community awareness of the value and relevance of science, acknowledging Australia’s scientific achievements and inspiring young people to investigate careers in science, engineering and technology.
Young Tassie Scientists 2010 is made possible by National Science Week funding from the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and is also financially supported by the Department of Economic Development & Tourism & the Arts and the University of Tasmania.