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The Great Southern has had another very successful year competing in state competitions. The Science Teacher's Association of Western Australia (STAWA) run the statewide Science Talent Search Competition. Several schools in the Great Southern received commendations and Albany Senior High School student Natasha Vermeulen and Darren de Vos won first and third place in the Senior Investigations Category. Natasha also achieved the coveted STAWA Young Scientist Award for the second year in a row. Albany Senior High School was awarded the 'Secondary Science School of the Year'.
If you are looking for technical advice and your school technician is at a dead end - check for the latest guidelines and information from the Regional Technicians Group who will supply you with all the support you need.
If you are looking for tips on how to run a successful 'Gifted and Talented' program then contact Tracy Brothers who has been leading the highly successful and well reviewed Marine Science Research group at Albany Senior high School. Both Tracy Brothers (ASHS) and Dave Cooper (North Albany Senior High school) are very well versed in successful applications for grants and have managed to supplement teaching and learning provision beneficially in this way.
Make sure that you take advantage of the up to date resources from STAWA and SPICE. Science Assist is a website managed by ASTA which provides support, resources and up to date safety advice. Another great resource is the Australian Academy of Science who have several new programs such as 'Science by Doing' designed to increase engagement in science, 'NOVA: Science in the News' and 'Eureka Moments' which highlights fifty years of Australian science.
National Youth Science Forum and Science Experience - Great Southern Science Council financial support
The Great Southern Science Council is offering a scholarship to Year 11 high school students in the Albany/Great Southern area who have been chosen to attend the National Youth Science Forum by the WA District Rotary 9465. The Council's intention for the scholarship is to strengthen the skills and knowledge of science in some future adults.
A scholarship of up to $500 is available and is additional to, and in conjunction with, support provided by the Rotary Club of Albany Port. GSSC reserves the right to determine how, and how much of this fund is provided to one or more students.
To apply for this scholarship, a student should provide the following to the GSSC:
Applications are to be provided to
More information can be found on the National Youth Science Forum website
This program is supported by Rotary National and involves three or four day events at the four Perth based universities in December 2007 and January 2018 (as well as at other Unis across Australia). It is for year 9 and 10 students with a registration fee of $150 for three-day and $200 for four-day courses. It is non-competitive with registrations accepted on a first come, best dressed arrangement.
The Rotary Club of Albany Port will provide registration fees for up to ten students to attend. Please apply to .
The Great Southern Science Council will consider supporting students in excess of those by Port Rotary. Please contact the .
For more information can be found on the Science Experience website
Want to talk? 'Catalist' is the latest STAWA science teachers discussion forum.