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.
YTS involves early career researchers and scientists who are passionate about their work and can connect with a range of audiences. They present talks and activities based on their work to schools and communities around Tasmania, and are widely profiled ambassadors for science, engineering and technology 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 YTS program has involved more than 250 young scientists giving presentations in countless classrooms all over Tasmania. These scientists have also taken part in University Open Days, national Science Week events, career expos and science/ art programs, reaching many thoudands of people. Media coverage has also increased over the years, and contributes to the high public awareness of National Science Week in Tasmania.
In August 2017, over 27,000 Tasmanians spoke with a Young Tassie Scientists face-to-face; that’s 5% of the state population!
National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science, 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.