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Minister launches North Queensland Science & Engineering Fair.



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MEDIA RELEASE

 

The Hon. John Moore, MP

Minister for Industry, Science & Tourism

 

Thursday 7 May, 1998

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Minister Launches North Queensland Science & Engineering Fair

 

Science Minister John Moore today officially opened the North Queensland Science and Engineering Fair , in Townsville. The Fair is a major part of National Science Week 1998 .

 

“The aim of National Science Week is to get across a message that as well as being vitally important to Australia’s future, science is also interesting and fun,” Mr Moore said.

 

“The North Queensland Science and Engineering Fair is playing a very important role in promoting this message and has been doing so since the first Fair in 1991.”

 

The Fair is being hosted at James Cook University and showcases recent advances in scientific and technological research and development. Importantly, it encourages students to pursue studies in science and engineering.

 

Mr Moore congratulated exhibitors on their excellent contribution to the national effort to raise awareness of science, engineering and technology.

 

More than 1,100 secondary school students and their teachers will participate in 30 interactive displays and experiments, which represent real life applications of science and engineering.

 

Exhibitors include the Australian Institute of Marine Science , CSIRO, and the Queensland Department of Natural Resources. Each has expert staff on hand to demonstrate how science is used and to offer an insight into science-based career opportunities.

 

“Many of the world’s leaders in scientific research are working right here in Australia,” said Mr Moore. “We need to acknowledge that and work with it, so that more and more Australians recognise and appreciate the importance of science in our everyday lives.”

 

Mr Moore also called on Australian industry to form closer links with our world-class scientific community.

 

“Exhibitions of the calibre of the North Queensland Science and Engineering Fair can only encourage young Australians to become more involved in the sciences,” Mr Moore said.

 

Contact:

Chris Wordsworth    Media Adviser    02 62777580    0419 982482

Fax 02 62734104    Email:  word@dist.gov.au     Web site:  http://www.dist.gov.au

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