20 years of YTS
2022 marks 20 years of the Young Tassie Scientists program
For the past two decades this majority volunteer-delivered program has run alongside National Science Week to assist in raising science aspirations for school aged children across Tasmania. You may not know, but 50% of Tasmanians are functionally-illiterate. Meaning that a visit from the YTS, with spoken and hands on activities are essential learning opportunities. You will also see in the YTS Bio pages how many of our volunteers struggled with school, themselves.
The impact that this program has had on the lives of not only the students reached, but the volunteer scientists and school teachers involved, cannot be under stated. YTS has now captured two generations of scientists, as in 2023 we are joined by a young scientist who’s mother was also in YTS.
We want to celebrate this perspective changing program and in doing so showcase its essential role in inspiring a future generation of Tasmanian scientists.
Take a look back along our timeline, of all the people and places, in the photo carousel below.
In 2021 the Young Tassie Scientists spoke with over 10,000 students in 101 Tasmanian schools. With 38 volunteers in the 2021 Young Tassie Scientists team.
Self-developed interactive presentations delivered up to ten times a day to thousands of Tassie students.
100% of teachers said this increased their students’ interest in science. 98% said they would have the Young Tassie Scientists visit again next year.
Since 2003, more than 300 young researchers have volunteered time, energy and enthusiasm to be part of the Young Tassie Scientist program.
Members from our whole 20 year history reconvened for a celebration dinner in September 2022. Alumni include science teachers, University lecturers and department heads, members of the Superstars of Stem, Questacon science circus, TedX speakers, an engagement programs coordinator for CSIRO, and two consecutive Chairs of the Tasmanian National Science Week committee.
We had a good time catching up, reminiscing and handing out awards, such as the two long service awards. Adele Wilson and Shasta Henry have each been members of the YTS program for eight years.
Current YTS alumni looking over previous National Science Week posters
Event coordinators Dipon Sarkar and Ash Russell. Science teacher Dr. Jeremy Just and previous YTS Coordinator Dr. Adele Wilson.
We also held an all-day networking and workshop event for YTS past and present, and HDR candidates interested in Science Communication.
How did participating in YTS help or could help you on your career journey?
We heard from past YTS guest speakers in a panel discussion exploring their most useful YTS experiences and their current science and communication careers. We also enjoyed some practical workshops facilitated by Will Grant, Associate Professor in Science Communication at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU. Where attendees got to focus on expanding their sci comm and presentation skills.
YTS Alumni Profiles
For the past two decades this majority volunteer-delivered program has run alongside National Science Week to assist in raising science aspirations for school aged children across Tasmania.
Check out our illustrious Alumni to see what ex-YTS scientists are up to now.
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