15/02/2018

$6,078 grant helps Noosa Library Service bring National Science Week to Wide Bay

Noosa Library Service will bring the excitement and discovery of National Science Week to Wide Bay, after receiving $6,078 from the Australian Government for their project, Showcasing Science.

The Showcasing Science program will encourage people young and old to engage in science through a variety of fun, practical and interactive STEM-related events and experiences, including robotics and 3D printing, during National Science Week 2018. The program also aims to spark community-wide interest in the sciences through scientific storytelling sessions and sensory-science activities.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has commended Noosa Library Service for its commitment to involving the Wide Bay community in our national annual celebration of science this August.

“It’s great that people in Noosa will have the chance to learn about exciting new technologies like robotics and 3D printing, and explore the fascinating facets of science,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This will help them appreciate the incredible contribution that science, technology and engineering make to our everyday lives, our wellbeing and prosperity.”

Noosa Library Service  is amongst 45 organisations to receive more than $600,000 through the 2018 National Science Week Grants, with hospitals, art galleries and sports stadiums amongst the more unusual venues for the science engagement events, activities and competitions.

Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Zed Seselja congratulated the grant recipients, welcoming the diversity of activities that will be offered during Australia’s largest celebration of science.

“This year’s grants recipients have exhibited tremendous creativity in offering such an exciting range of activities to engage people of all walks of life and in all corners of Australia with science,” Senator Seselja said.

“Funded activities will take place across Australia, from the Tiwi Islands to Hobart, Collie to Mount Isa, and these will be just a small selection of what’s on offer during National Science Week.

“I’m delighted to see many of the grant recipients incorporating Indigenous STEM knowledge into their projects, and others that encourage girls and young women to get involved in science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.

“I encourage all Australians, regardless of age, background or location, to explore the fascinating range of science on offer, from robots and virtual reality to explorers and fossils.”

The Australian Government awards National Science Week grants of between $2,000 and $20,000 each year. Grants are highly competitive and support a spread of projects across Australia and across a variety of scientific fields.

More details on National Science Week, including a full list of the National Science Week Grants recipients, are available at http://www.scienceweek.net.au/2018-national-grant-recipients/