Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Pilbara students focus on science

    9/09/2005 12:00 AM

    Students from throughout the Pilbara today are taking part in the Science Awareness Festival - a joint initiative between Scitech and the mining company Rio Tinto.

    Science Minister Judy Edwards is in Karratha this morning to launch the festival, which is aimed at secondary students and brings together local industry, scientists, educational institutions and Scitech to explore the range of careers in science.

    It follows the inaugural festival held in the Goldfields last year.

    Dr Edwards said Rio Tinto’s Future Fund had provided Scitech more than $1.5million over five years to develop and implement a Kids Science State program. The initiative now was in its third year and so far had involved 150,000 students and teachers.

    The State Government was also supporting science education and awareness programs through Scitech with an allocation of $24.5million over five years. This included $10.2million for capital works at Scitech’s CityWest complex.

    “The Science Awareness Festival gives regional communities - and in particular young people in the regions - an opportunity to learn more about science and the many and varied career paths which are available,” the Minister said.

    “This is particularly important to Western Australia, where the growing ‘knowledge economy’ will increasingly demand a highly skilled workforce.

    “The festival also links in to the State Government’s science development initiatives such as Innovate WA, which is seeing $100million allocated to science throughout the State, particularly the creation of centres of excellence for scientific research.”

    Dr Edwards welcomed the commitment of organisations such as Rio Tinto to implementing programs that would raise young people’s awareness of science as a rewarding career.

    “This is more than just an investment in the future for industry,” she said.

    “It also is an investment in our future generations, as scientific developments are among the cornerstones that shape the development of our society.

    “Consequently, today’s young people need to develop a reasonable level of science knowledge so they can make intelligent decisions about scientific issues that will increasingly affect their lives.”

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