Calling all bright sparks to light up NT National Science Week
Bright ideas for innovative science engagement projects are being called on to entertain and inspire at the 2023 National Science Week in the Territory.
National Science Week will run from August 12 to 20 across Australia, with a wide range of activities for all ages to enjoy.
Inspired NT, a science outreach program run by Charles Darwin University (CDU), and the NT National Science Week Committee are seeking engaging concepts for projects that could receive funding from $250 up to $3,000.
Inspired NT Manager and CDU STEM Pathways Lecturer, Dr Carla Eisemberg, said people who are passionate about STEM, whether as a student, researcher, science communicator or a member of an organisation, are encouraged to bring their ideas forward.
“National Science Week is a great opportunity to host fun and interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities to spark the public’s interest in science,” Dr Eisemberg said.
“All STEM-related topics are welcome, and the more creative the better! We will consider everything from a comedy show about chemistry to crazy science experiments and animal-spotting tours around the Territory’s parks and nature reserves.
“We are looking forward to seeing so many unique ideas from Territorians that will bring science out of the lab or classroom and into the wider community.”
Held annually, National Science Week aims to increase the awareness and understanding of the role of science, technology, and innovation in everyday life and the future.
This year two types of grants are available based on location. There are remote grants for towns and communities outside of major centres and grants for cities and towns with a population of more than 10,000 people.
Inspired NT Officer Sarah Sutcliffe said these grants aim to assist with the running of an event, the production of online content or physical STEM resources such as activity kits and equipment.
“As individuals and in groups, anybody can apply for grants and they can share their passion for science and technology from all different fields,” Ms Sutcliffe said.
“Schools are welcome to apply, as long as the project involves the community as well.”
Last year’s Science Week at CDU featured presentations and workshops on science, robotics, drones, augmented reality and chemistry experiments.
Applications close COB Friday, March 31. To apply, head to www.inspirednt.net/science-week-nt-funding.
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