Taking science around Tasmania so you
can find out what scientists really do!
The YTS are on the road again this year, on three separate roadshows, visiting schools around the state, from Burnie to Blackmans Bay.
Be prepared to be amazed
and inspired as they share their stories about what they do and why they do it!
Northwest Tasmania 3-5 August
On our first trip of the year, we slowly learnt to become efficient at getting props and equipment in and out of the car! We managed to see 23 schools in the North west, including schools in Burnie, Penguin, Devonport and Railton. Dave Carpenter, Nikki Dinn and Tanaz Jungalwalla travelled up from Hobart to join local Young Tassie Scientist, Anne Garret, for the three day trip. With interactive problem solving, mind boggling insect images and fire demonstrations threatening to set off the fire alarms, we had an exciting and fun filled trip! It was great to see classes involved in their own science investigations and willing to share their interesting research with us as well!
Anne Garrett - Helping communities move forward…
Nikki Dinn - Starting the fire - The influence of fire on native invasive species
Dave Carpenter - Look! There on that log, is it a plant? Is it an animal? No! It’s a fungus!
Tanaz Jungalwalla - “If you can’t stand the heat” - Effects of climate change on lizards
Southern Tasmania 10-12 August
The southern trip was by far the largest, with five days of school visits and often two groups of Young Tassie Scientists on the road each day! We managed to visit a record 29 schools from South Arm to Geeveston, and everywhere in between. Nasty weather made some days a bit tricky but we were welcomed in out of the rain by enthusiastic classes, keen to learn what all our props were for! A total of seven Young Tassie Scientists took a break from their research to visit schools during this week: Jess Andrewartha, Jess Collins, Courtney Jones, Nick Blackburn, Lila Landowski, Clare Smith and Laura Wieczorski. It was great to see so many classes eager to learn more about science and ask our scientists lots of pressing questions.
Ben Arthur – The secret life of seals
Clare Smith – Antimalarial treatment research
Courtney Jones – The structure of the Milky Way (no, not the chocolate one!)
Dave Carpenter – Look! There on that log, is it a plant? Is it an animal? No! It’s a fungus!
Jennifer Lavers – Impacts of marine debris on Australian seabirds
Jessica Collins – Saving our skin!
Jess Andrewartha – Fast water, brown slime and hydropower!
Laura Wieczorski – How can blood cells help fight malaria?
Lila Landowski – Growing nerves!
Nick Blackburn – Motor neuron disease – finding a therapy
Nikki Dinn – Starting the fire – The influence of fire on native invasive species
The North. 24-26 August
Northern Roadshow It was an early 5am start for this trip as Dave Carpenter, Ben Arthur and Tanaz Jungalwalla headed up to Launceston for the last of the three roadshows. With 12 schools and limited navigational skills we only got lost once or twice in the three days we were away! Based in Launceston, we also made our way up to George Town, and across to Deloraine and Meander. Dave, a very Fun-guy, intrigued classrooms with his strange and wonderful Fungi facts. Meanwhile, Ben had 'seal captures' getting students out of their chairs and into some rather odd costumes to demonstrate how Elephant Seals are captured and tagged on Macquarie Island. We got to visit some great schools and meet heaps of budding new scientists, a great trip!
Ben Arthur– The secret life of seals
Anne Garrett – Helping communities move forward…
Tanaz Jungalwalla – “If you can’t stand the heat”- Effects of climate change on lizards
Jess Andrewartha - Fast water, brown slime & hydropower!
Dave Chapman - Look! There on that log, is it a plant? Is it an animal? No! It’s a fungus!