Far North Queenslanders will get the chance to celebrate all things science and technology with a series of local events as part of National Science Week.
National Science Week will be held between August 10 and 18.
National Science Week was first held in 1997 and has become one of Australia’s largest festivals – last year 1.2 million people participated in more than 2,100 events and activities.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said National Science Week was a great chance for students to discuss hot topics, do an experiment and celebrate the social and economic impact of science on our nation.
“We cannot underestimate the importance of science, research and innovation, which are key drivers of the Morrison Government’s plan for a stronger economy,” Mr Entsch said
“It is particularly important that we inspire kids in Far North Queensland to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects
“It is predicted that 75 per cent of jobs in the future will require STEM skills – so equipping our students with these skills is vital to ensure we have the workforce Australian and international businesses will require.
“A key aim of Science Week is to highlight the importance of sparking an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects from the early age, and maintaining participation by students throughout primary and secondary schooling.
“These students are the pipeline for our future scientists, engineers, inventors and innovators.”
Local event details, news and resources for activity providers can be found at: www.scienceweek.net.au