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NEWSLETTER march 2009 www.scienceweek.gov.au NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK SOME OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE QLD: SCIENCE FOR LIFE! WEEK ACTIVITIES COMING TO YOU 15-23 AUGUST 2009 IN AUGUST INCLUDE: This National Science Week, the Queensland Museum will shine the spotlight on science with a series ACT: SCINEMA of science-based fun and learning SCINEMA is Australia’s only science film experiences for all ages. The program WELCOME BACK! festival. In 2009, SCINEMA will explore will include science theatre and science the latest collaborations between cinema as well as allowing visitors the We know it’s only early days but science, film and art in over 200 cities opportunity to meet museum scientists we are already busy getting ready and towns across Australia. To help and discuss their research. to ignite the science imagination of celebrate 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy, there will also be a TAS: YOUNG TASSIE SCIENTISTS Australians for National Science national student short film competition This year, regional and remote Week 2009. based on this theme. communities throughout Tasmania will Last month Senator Kim Carr, have the chance to hear from some of NSW: YOUNG GALILEOS our best and brightest young science Minister for Innovation, Industry, The Young Galileos project will inspire researchers. As part of the Young Science and Research, announced younger children to look up at the night Tassie Scientists program, early career the recipients of the Australian sky. They will have the chance to build researchers will be visiting schools Government grants to run National their own telescopes, which will have a and communities to talk about their Science Week community events. similar power to Galileos, and then view fascinating work. the Galilean moons of Jupiter. Over 130 grant applications were VIC: SUPER MEGA BATTLE received this year, with 40 exciting NT: BUSH FOOD OF THE ARNHEM LAND FOR PLANET EARTH science events from across Australia Long before settlement, Aboriginal This fast-paced, interactive show eventually taking out a grant. people lived on bush food. But its value features mathematician and comedian to other cultures is just starting to Simon Pampena. Premiering at the From a Science Ninja Van in Western be recognised. Led by local rangers, Melbourne Comedy Festival, the comedy Australia to a Young Galileos project a bush chef, a botanist and science show featuring interactive fun and teachers, this National Science Week multimedia will be touring to Darwin, in Wollongong, the National Science event will involve a number of interactive Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne Week events allocated grants workshops in which the culinary, and Sydney. look set to be some of the best botanical, cultural and nutritional value yet. And with activities planned in of bush food will be investigated. WA: SCIENCE NINJA VAN metropolitan and rural areas, there The Science Ninja Van will take science to SA: BEER: BARLEY TO BOTTLE the wheat belt and wine growing regions is bound to be one near you! A treat for beer lovers, this event of South West WA. By day the science will explore the science behind ninjas will travel to producers and their beer production. Comprising short families to conduct soil tests and provide presentations that cover barley breeding, scientific advice. By night the science malting, brewing and beer tasting, this ninjas will provide an interactive show National Science Week event will be a and hands on activities for the whole treat for the senses! community. NEWSLETTER march 2009 www.scienceweek.gov.au IN OTHER NEWS: NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK SCHOOLS GRANTS School grants for National Science Week From 1 January 2009, HECS for activities will be opening soon. Grants of commencing maths and science students up to $500 are available to any Australian has been reduced from $7,260 to $4,077. pre-school, primary or secondary school. Furthermore, university maths and Information and application forms will science students graduating from the be available on the ASTA website from end of the 2nd semester of 2008 will be 2 March 2009 at www.asta.edu.au. eligible for a 50% reduction in their HECS repayments if they pursue a science- or NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK ONLINE maths-related career, including teaching. Following the very successful launch of the National Science Week website last BE A PART OF SCINEMA year, we are moving further into the cyber SCINEMA is a national film festival world with the development of a National exploring the world of science through Science Week myspace page film and one of the major events of NSWk and facebook profile. 2009. SCINEMA is looking for venues - if your school, library, town hall, museum In the coming months, you will be able or gallery is interested in being a part to access these sites to find out about of this free national event - download local events, read more about our famous the venue application form (http://www. science guests, watch interactive science scinema.com.au/program/09Venue.pdf). experiments and sketches and enter Students can be a part of SCINEMA’s short a range of exclusive competitions. film challenge this year, with the winning filmmaker to produce a short film (5mins) Keep an eye out for more details about space winning a trip to Australia’s in the coming months. major astronomy facilities, including The SUPPORTING SCIENCE Dish in Parkes, NSW. Download your entry AND MATHS STUDENTS form here (http://www.scinema.com. au/enter/SkyStudentEntry.pdf). The Australian Government is committed to investing in the future of maths and science.
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