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2 August 2000           00/310 

ACT PROJECTS RECEIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY GRANTS   The Federal Science Minister, Senator Nick Minchin, today announced Government funding of $114,350 for three ACT projects designed to increase science and technology awareness.

Nationally, the government is providing $1 million for 24 projects under the Department of Industry, Science and Resources' Science and Technology Awareness Program (STAP).

Students in regional Queensland and New South Wales will benefit from the Questacon Maths Centre Outback Tour. The $33,850 grant will allow the ACT-based centre to provide students with puzzles involving shapes, numbers and logic.

A $46,300 grant for the Australian Academy of Science will pave the way for the extension of the Nova: Science in the News, Topics on Technology and Innovation website.

"These innovative projects and their associated activities will help us all understand the central role science and technology play in Australia's economic and social well-being," Senator Minchin said.

Senator Minchin said he was particularly pleased the 2000-2001 STAP grant round attracted more than 170 applications.

The priority areas for this round of projects were for applications with awareness raising activities from non-metropolitan groups, from groups with city and regional partnerships, or projects associated with Australian industry or industry groups.

"One innovative project provides the opportunity for teachers across Australia to be involved in professional development which will lead to increased awareness of human genetics research and issues by secondary students," Senator Minchin said.

"Another project will provide students with an exciting insight to the science of flight. Pilots flying to country towns in Western Australia will provide lessons

on the aspects of science and technology associated with flight.

"And another interesting project involves educating outback visitors on how the geology of the outback influences topography, flora and fauna."

Senator Minchin said the high standard of the successful projects boosted Australia's science and technology efforts for the future and helped ensure Australia's continued well-being.

"Science and innovation are central to improving our nation's economic growth and standard of living, and give Australia a competitive edge," Senator Minchin.

Details of the successful ACT projects are attached. 

Contact:  Carolyn Coleman, Senator Minchin's office, 08 8237 7190

                   Dr Carmel Statham, Industry, Science and Resources, 02 6213 6446   




Project Title: Questacon Maths Centre Outback Tour

Proposer: Questacon

Contact: Mr Geoff Crane

Tel: 02 6270 2820

Tour of the Questacon Maths Centre, with 500 hand made puzzles and activity kits, to 10 regional and outback towns over two school terms. The puzzles provide challenges in working with shapes, numbers, logic and relationships, using everyday examples and simple materials. All require hands-on involvement to solve.

Reach: Regional Queensland & NSW

Funds Offered: $33,850

Project Title: Nova: Science in the News, Topics on Technology and Innovation

Proposer: Australian Academy of Science

Contact: Dr Nancy Lane

Tel: 02 6247 5777

Develop 10 new topics on technology & innovation for the NOVA website; 6 fully funded, and 4 with matching industry funding. Project will make 'technology behind the news' accessible to a broad audience. Each topic will have key text, supplementary information on Australian research and applications, glossary of terms, activities, further reading and links to other websites.

Reach: National

Funds Offered: $46,300

Project Title: Science and Technology 2001 - Activities in Australia for Students and Teachers

Proposer: ASTA

Contact: Ms Jan Althorp

Tel: 02 6282 9377

Publication of 40,000 copies of ASTA activities booklet listing science and technology activities, competitions etc to be distributed to all primary & secondary schools in Australia.

Reach: National

Funds Offered: $34,200

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