Lo­cal chil­dren star at sci­ence expo

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

TA­LENTED lo­cal chil­dren will take cen­tre stage at to­day’s in­au­gu­ral Der­went Val­ley Sci­ence Expo.

Stu­dent-led in­ter­ac­tive sci­ence dis­plays and en­tries in the Young Archie com­pe­ti­tion will be among the ex­hibits at New Nor­folk High School in Blair St.

The themes for the expo are en­vi­ron­ment and na­ture, space and as­tron­omy, and in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy.

Pe­ter Un­der­wood Cen­tre as­pi­ra­tions project of­fi­cer Stu­art Thorn said the expo was a sig­nif­i­cant event on the Big­ger Hori­zons ed­u­ca­tion project calendar.

“The Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil se­cured fund­ing from the Foun­da­tion for Ru­ral and Re­gional Re­newal to em­ploy peo­ple to de­liver in­for­ma­tion and hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties to in­ter­ested schools, and a Hy­dro Tasmania Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Grant has helped to stage the expo,” Mr Thorn said.

“Uni­ver­sity of Tas­ma­nian STEM Out­reach rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Young Tassie Scientists will be in­volved, and vis­ual artist An­to­nia Aitken will be pre­sent­ing awards for out­stand­ing Young Archie en­tries.

“Each school will re­ceive a merit award for a sci­ence in­ves­ti­ga­tion dis­play, and Der­went Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans will present two re­gional merit awards.”

The schools com­po­nent of the expo will run from 10.30am-3pm be­fore the doors are thrown open to the pub­lic from 3pm-6pm.

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