Sleek geeks to promote science
SLEEK Geeks, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer joined the deputy premier yesterday to promote the wonders of science to regional and remote students.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services, Andrew Stoner, and the science celebrities spoke to students via video about the fun and exciting elements of science as well as answer students' questions as a lead up to National Science Week (August 11 to 19).
"NSW has strong science credentials and is home to world leading researchers in fields such as robotics, quantum computing, solar cell development and ICT," Mr Stoner said.
"National Science Week gives us an opportunity to promote the excitement of a career in science to our next generation of potential researchers.
"Today's event with the Sleek Geeks - Dr Karl and Adam Spencer - is a preview of a bigger event sponsored by the NSW Government called Sleek Geeks Live at Sydney Town Hall on August 13.
"We wanted to give regional students who couldn't make it to the city the chance to be involved.
"Thanks to the University of Sydney, which is hosting today's video conference, we get to give remote students a first taste of the show and raise awareness of the importance and relevance of science to regional schools."
Mr Stoner said he was looking forward to engaging with students.
"Fortunately I will have the Sleek Geeks alongside me to handle the tough questions, not to mention NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O'Kane," he said.
Professor O'Kane said National Science Week along with Australian Engineering Week (6 - 12 August) were important events on the science and engineering calendars and a golden opportunity to foster interest in a scientific career among school students.
More than 150 events are planned for National Science Week across NSW, including:
- Sustainable Energy Showcase in Lismore
- Active science demos in West Wyalong;'
- Science under the Sea' at Coffs Harbour;'
- Girls in Science' program in Tuncurry;
- Nanotechnology Open day in Wollongong;
Powerhouse Museum events include:
• Speed Meet a Geek - where people can meet astronomers, physicists, mathematicians, environmental scientists and many more;
• An Einstein Lecture;
• The CSIRO science show for kids - looking at solids, liquids and gases
For more information on the Sleek Geeks go to www.abc.net.au/tv/sleekgeeks
For information on National Science Week go to www.scienceweek.net.au
For information on Australian Engineering Week go to www.makeitso.org.au